The Positives of Accommodation Near the Heart of the Karoo in Graaff-Reinet

If you are looking for wildlife, outdoor adventures, and exceptional cultural and nature experiences, you need look no further than the beautiful Karoo. The Karoo is well-known for its awe-inspiring nature and also for its stunning small towns like Graaff-Reinet, Cradock, and Nieu-Bethesda. Each of these towns has its own unique personality but they all offer excellent accommodation options as well.

Graaff-Reinet is a small town in the middle of the Karoo and is often called the “heart of the Karoo”. Because of its central location, it is the most popular destination for travellers who want to explore the area, with most places and activities situated close to Graaff-Reinet.

The town is surrounded by the Camdeboo National Park, which makes it one of the only towns surrounded by a national park. The Valley of Desolation just outside town has amazing wildlife and various 4×4 routes and hiking trails. Other wildlife parks to visit near Graaff-Reinet are the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock, Addo Elephant National Park close to Port Elizabeth, and other private game reserves like Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve. They are close enough to plan day trips from your Graaff-Reinet accommodation.

Other activities, like white-water rafting in Cradock, visiting the Owl House Museum and the Brewery and Two Goats Deli in Nieu-Bethesda, and visiting museums and churches in towns near Graaff-Reinet, are more fun-filled day-trip adventures for the whole family.

For those days when travelling is not an option, Graaff-Reinet offer great attractions in town as well. It has won nationwide acclaim for its beauty. The town is known for its breathtaking Dutch Reformed Church (“Groot Kerk”) in the heart of the town; it is the first thing visitors notice when entering the town. There are various museums and monuments in the town, such as the Reinet House and the Hester Rupert Art Museum.

Nature lovers will enjoy the hiking trails in the national parks, where they can explore plant life and indulge in bird watching. Fishing trips to the Nqweba Dam and a visit to the Obesa Nursery will be worth your while. Adrenalin junkies will enjoy helicopter flips and hot-air balloon trips over the town and the Karoo. There also is a private airfield where small aeroplanes can land.

When deciding on accommodation, Graaff-Reinet has a wide variety to choose from. Hotels, B&Bs, self-catering guest houses, and even backpackers’ accommodation. One name that stands out is the KarooRus self-catering guest house.

KarooRus is located in the middle of town and a couple of minutes’ walk from most attractions and activities. We have seven fully equipped units, each with a private entrance, bathroom, and kitchenette with all the necessary cooking and eating utensils. We have private and secure guest parking, with space for trailers and even boats, and a safe play area where the little ones can be supervised by the parents from the comfort of the units. We are wheelchair- and pet-friendly.

For more information, contact our team today to book your top-quality accommodation in Graaff-Reinet.

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