Graaff-Reinet Nature Reserve
Graaff-Reinet is uniquely situated at the centre of a nature reserve of 15000 hectares, which supports a variety of wild life, including mountain zebra, wildebeest, ostrich, eight species of antelope and the rare Cape Buffalo. Some 70 kilometres of road wind through the part allowing for hours of game viewing by car. Game drives with expert rangers in special viewing vehicles are also available from local tour companies.
The Eerstefontein Hiking trail: antelope and small mammals and many bird species can be seen along this scenic path which leads the walker through a range of fascinating plant communities which exhibit various ingenious adaptations to arid conditions.
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The Great Karoo
This vast semi desert with its seemingly endless plains and castellated mountains provides a perfect escape from city crowds and concerns. It’s a stark landscape but also one of dramatic beauty and endless fascination, where you can enjoy crystal clear air, spectacular dawns and sunsets – and brilliant stars.
Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa , founded in 1786 as the furthest outpost of the Dutch East India Company. The nineteenth century saw it grow from a wild frontier station into a prosperous staging post and farming centre, thanks to its strategic position on the main route between Algoa Bay and the developing interior.
Valley of Desolation
There’s no better place to see the drama of the landscape, to learn about its geological evolution or to view the amazing setting of the town, or to watch the sun rise or set over the Plains of Camdeboo than from these extraordinary cliffs and crags. You may also be lucky enough to see the resident pair of black eagles circling at sunset.