Why Graaff-Reinet is Your Next Holiday Destination
Whether you are a history or a science buff, or a nature lover, you will love visiting Graaff-Reinet, like the millions of other people who head there every year. The oldest town in the Eastern Cape, and the fourth oldest in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet is definitely one of the most special, historically significant towns in the country. It lies nestled in a bend of the Sundays River, in the shadow of the rocky Sneeuberg Mountain, within the Camdeboo National Park.
As if this is not enough reason to book accommodation near Graaff-Reinet today, the town – which was founded in 1786 and is the fourth oldest town in the country – features over 200 buildings that are national monuments, the most of any town in the entire country. What is more, an entire street has been restored, including its slave cottages, opening up its history to visitors who would like to see a glimpse of a time long gone.Unlike many other historical towns, Graaff-Reinet managed to retain much of the character of a typical 19th-century town and “The Gem of the Karoo” is well worth a visit, even if just because of that.
Book Accommodation Near Graaff-Reinet and Explore the Camdeboo National Park
Even though the town is situated in the heart of the Karoo Heartland with its flat, sandy plains and hot summers, it is encircled by the Camdeboo National Park. This breaks the sandy monotony, with its rich greenness and undulating, mountainous plains. Within the park itself lies the Nqweba Dam, and the Valley of Desolation, providing some of the best examples of the unique Karoo dolerite pillars. Some of these rise upwards of 120 m tall in places.
Thanks to the diverse geography of the area, visitors are treated to some amazing game watching and rich birdlife. Within the Camdeboo Conservancy, there are some 22 farms offering visitors a range of hiking trails and game viewing opportunities. There are also many specialised tours in Graaff-Reinet for rock art, fossil study, and even Boer War monuments and township walkabouts. These are only a few of the many fun activities sure to keep you thoroughly entertained during your stay.
Retreat to Luxurious and Comfortable Accommodation Near Graaff-Reinet After a Day of Fun
After the excitement of all the fun activities that are likely to fill up your day, retreat to your luxurious self-catering accommodation. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to our town. Each of our seven self-catering units features its own private entrance and is stylishly decorated to guarantee a comfortable stay.
Even though you will be in a town steeped in history throughout your stay, there is nothing prehistoric about our modern accommodation. Look forward to enjoying top-quality bedding and linen, DStv, and modern appliances in your kitchenette, with beautiful wooden floors. To learn more about the many facilities you can expect once you arrive, and to book your accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment, contact us today. We look forward to providing you with all the information needed to make an informed decision regarding your stay in Graaff-Reinet.