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Graaff-Reinet Visitor Information

More than 200 buildings in Graaff-Reinet are National Monuments. A horse and carriage ride offers a introduction to the well maintained Cape-Dutch architecture of this historic place. It is also recommended to visit the Reinet House in Murray Street, the Old Residency in Parsonage Street, the Old Library and the Drostdy in Church Street.

It is also worthwhile to take a drive to the spectacular Valley of Desolation and to the Karoo Nature Reserve a few minutes northwest of the town. The 14.000 hectare reserve is well stocked with game. Particularly mountain zebra, wildebeest, springbok and gemsbok are numerous, but also many other mammal and bird species.

Graaff-Reinet boasts many other tourist attractions, from paragliding over microlight flying, trout fishing, fossile search, golf, horse riding and mountain biking to guided township walks.

There are many good hotels und guest houses in Graaff-Reinet as well as a beautiful campground directly at the Sunday River.

The little Karoo hamlet of Nieu Bethesda is worth a detour. Time seems to stand still here. The access road turns off the N9 (direction Middelburg) und leads on a gravel road through the picturesque Compass mountains (2502 m).

Streets in the village are also untarred. There are two shops, one coffeeshop and, nowadays, a couple of little accommodation venues. Many artists and arts&crafts people have settled in Nieu Bethesda.

Langfontein Guest Farm
Paradise in the 80000 ha Camdeboo. Hiking, riding, swimming, game watching. Tel +27 (0)49 8459821. eMail

Samara Game Reserve
70000 acres in the Great Karoo; rich wildlife; elegant colonial-style suites; restaurant; pool. Tel +27 (0)49 8910558. eMail

A visit to the Camdeboo Valley is worthwhile. The 80.000 hectare nature reserve is situated off the N9 between Graaff-Reinet and Aberdeen.

Abseiling in the CamdebooThe first inhabitants of this area gave it the name Camdeboo, meaning 'green valley'. Although in the heart of the Karoo, there are mountains towering over you and you hear the sound of water flowing everywhere. The secluded valley is blessed with forests and a great variety of plants. Amongst the rich birdlife is the black eagle which is preserved along with kudu, mountain rhebuck, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok and many more. There are 22 farms within the Camdeboo Conservancy, some of which offer holiday cosy accommodation. Hikers can find beautiful hiking trails. You can catch trout in the crystal clear rivers and lakes. Or go for a ride on horseback.

Kingfisher Lodge
Very peaceful, beautiful antiques; luxury guest suites with TV; large garden, lapa and pool. Tel +27 (0)49 8922657. eMail

De Erf Manor House
Historic farm homestead; en-suite rooms with aircon; excellent cuisine; pool. Tel +27 (0)49 8930313. eMail

Stockenstroem Guest H.
Award-winning guest house with excellent cuisine; central location in Graaff-Reinet. Tel +27 (0)49 8924575; eMail

Camdeboo Manor
B&B; stylish en-suite rooms with aircon; kingsize beds, garden, pool, braai, close to Golf course. Tel ++27 (0)
49 8930960. eMail

Cradock Accommodation

Die Tuishuise Cottages
Unique refurbished settlers' cottages in Market Street; ensuite rooms; superb restaurant. Tel +27 (0)48 8811322. eMail

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