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Graaff-Reinet is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and national heritage site, with more than 200 houses being protected. It was once one of the centres in the Karoo. It is also known for the nearby Valley of Desolation.
From Bloemfontein, take the N9 at Colesberg through Middelburg. You may want to visit Nieu-Bethesda on the way.
The old town centre is preserved and you can actually feel the Karoo-atmosphere there.
- Walk around to explore the town centre. Go into one of the restaurants to get a feeling for the old furniture and the way this people must have lived once upon a time.
- Visit the Valley of Desolation. To get there, go North a few kilometers towards Richmond, then turn left into the reserve. Then turn left again to drive South into the mountains.
- The view from the top is awesome. Here is no canyon to block your view. You can really see as far as the eye can see. The dry Karoo air means the view is not the least bit hazy. Best go at sundown as the shadows stretch out over the landscape.
- There are also hiking trails.
Most shops are located around the city centre at Church Street.
Eat & Drink
Some restaurants are available for a breakfast or a real meal. They are basically all located near the town centre.
Graaff-Reinet seen from above.