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Travel Guide - Graaff Reinet (Eastern Cape)
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Eastern Cape Attractions
Graaff Reinet in the Eastern Cape is home to some of the finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture and is surrounded by the Camdeboo National Park. There are over 200 heritage sites in Graaff Reinet alone more that you will find in any other South African town. The people of Graaff Reinet are very friendly and keen to share their history and experiences. Church Street and Caledon Street are where you will find most of the shops in Graaff Reinet also near the Dutch Reformed Church (see photo) in the centre of the town. For maps and information on the area its worth popping into McNaughtons Bookshop which has a good selection.
Graaff Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa, is found in the heart of the area known as the Great Karoo and on clear nights provides wonderful star gazing experiences. Other popular activities in the area include paragliding and microlight flying. There are a number of museums in Graaff Reinet worth visiting including the Reinet House Museum which is the most visited museum in the whole of the Eastern cape.
Camdeboo National Park
The Camdeboo National Park is over 19,000 hectares in size and includes the Valley of Desolation a National Monument of significant geological importance. The Valley of Desolation is located at the top of the Camdeboo National Park and has some amazing cliffs and rock columns that are home to an array of wild birds. The steep and winding road that leads up to the top has some amazing views along the way. At sundown the shadows seem to stretch for miles across the landscape. The park also includes the Nqweba Dam where there you can take part in watersports or go fishing. There are a number of picnic sites and also trails for day time or even overnight. There are also sunset boat cruises on offer on the Nqweba Dam.
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