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City Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet is the 4th-oldest town in South Africa and is located in the heart of the Karoo. It is here where the vastness and silence acquires a mysterious aura. The night, everything simply gives its star and the dark earth keeps her fossils hidden. It is the land of Karoo bushes, ostrich and sheep farms where the Dutch pioneers of the Cape Colony is settled. And where the Sundays River of Sneeberg Mountain flows down and put an end to their quest for land.

The time in Graaff Reinet seems to have stood still. Here you will find many examples of Cape Dutch architecture and more sites than anywhere else in South Africa. Everything is very well preserved or carefully restored. You can also find a lot in the museums. Reinet House, Urquhart House, Old Drostdy and the old Residency visit the Dutch Reformed Great Church. And so people, buildings and collections tell you the history of the Karoo and Graaff-Reinet.

Graaff-Reinet also has a history politically and the residents played an important role in the Boer War.

Completely under the spell of the past you will probably also want to visit the adjacent New Bethesda, where you can visit the Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre. A trip back in time to plant and animal life which you did not know they had! There were once about 253 million years ago... And after such a look back in time it may not be surprising to drink tequila from the agave plant, on to the Agave Distillery plant where you can have a "strange but very nice" drink.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides of the city and gives Graaff Reinet also great opportunities to explore this vast nature reserve. Visit the Camdeboo National Park nearly 20 000 acres in the Valley of Desolation, where cliffs and rock formations of 120 meters provide beautiful pictures. Visit Nqweba pond, where you can practice fishing and water sports. In Camdeboo NP you will find many wildlife and birds. It is also the place for hiking like the First Spring day trail & Three Kids (night) hike and two walks from 1 to 1.5 hours, Gideon Scheepers & Crag Lizard tour. Or visit the place with a well-stocked picnic basket and use lunch at 1 of the 6 picnic spots.

Furthermore, there are many private game parks in the area of ​​Graaff-Reinet and you - if you currently own a license - go hunting here at one of the many farms. On a lighter note you can visit a sheep farm. The Karoo sheep is known worldwide for its beautiful wool and delicious meat.