Experience the Wonders of South African History with a Stay at Our Graaff-Reinet Accommodation
Walk the quiet streets of the historical town of Graaff-Reinet, and you might just feel as though you have been transported a couple of centuries back in time. That’s because the town is one of the oldest currently in South Africa, having been established in 1786. Lining the streets of the town are well-preserved historical homes and buildings such as churches and museums. That’s not all this Gem of the Karoo (as it is fondly called) has to offer, however, as there is plenty more to do than just sight-see. Guests who join us for a stay at our luxury Graaff-Reinet accommodation are never bored, and below we explore why.
- Reinet House Museum
If you are interested in the history behind the town of Graaff-Reinet, then you simply cannot miss out on a visit to the famous Reinet House Museum. There are other museums in the town too, but Reinet House will capture the interest of anyone who enjoys period décor and curiosities. The museum, not far from our accommodation, KarooRus, is home to a weird and wonderful array of furnishings, doll collections, kitchen utensils, haberdashery, clothing, and even blacksmith displays.
- The Camdeboo National Park
The Camdeboo National Park boasts an astounding ecosystem of 43 mammal species, 249 bird species, and 336 plant species. This park surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet and is not a far drive from our accommodation. There is plenty to do in the park for those who cannot get enough of the great outdoors. Fun activities include:
- Visiting picnic spots and braai facilities.
- 4×4 off-road trails.
- Game drives.
- Scenic hiking and walking trails.
- The Jan Rupert Centre
Those seeking a little culture while visiting Graaff-Reinet will enjoy the Jan Rupert Centre which is located less than a minute’s drive from our accommodation in Middle Street. The Neo-Gothic building was first used as a site of worship for a Sotho tribe called the Mantatees. It is currently used as an art centre and showcases a number of exhibitions by prominent South African artists.
- The Owl House of Nieu-Bethesda
For those looking to explore a little farther from our accommodation, a day trip to the Helen Martins Owl House is a wonder to behold. Helen Martins is today recognised as a world-famous artist, who utilised any materials and articles she could find to create a world of fantasy inside and outside of her home. Her multi-coloured residence is showered with bright glass and concrete creations. Designed as an escape from her real-life surroundings and failing health, the Owl House is a strong testament to the beauty humans can create from ugliness.
- The Ganora Fossil & Artifact Museum
While you’re in Nieu-Bethesda, be sure to take a trip to the Ganora Fossil & Artifact Museum, boasting fossils estimated to be around 280 million years old. From a fossil workshop to a fun fossil walk, you will learn all about prehistoric animal fossils and a little of what life was like before dinosaurs roamed the earth.
For a marvellous stay at our self-catering Graaff-Reinet accommodation, KarooRus is sure to impress you. Book a few nights of rest and relaxation with us, and explore a whole new world of history and thrilling discoveries.