Attractions

Top Choice Natural Feature in Camdeboo National Park

Valley of Desolation

The park’s most popular sight, the Valley of Desolation is a hauntingly beautiful valley with outstanding views – the rugged, piled dolerite columns are set against the backdrop of the endless Karoo plains. From the…
National Park in Eastern Karoo

Camdeboo National Park

Camdeboo National Park covers an area of 194 sq km and almost completely surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet. There are plenty of animals including springboks, buffaloes, Cape mountain zebras and kudus, plus over 22…
National Park in Eastern Karoo

Mountain Zebra National Park

This underrated national park, 12km west of Cradock, is on the northern slopes of the Bankberg Range (2000m), covers 280 sq km and has superb views over the Karoo. The park protects one of the rarest animals in the …
Historic Building in Nieu Bethesda

Owl House

The idiosyncratic vision that inspired artist Helen Martins (1897–1976) to turn her home and studio into a singular work of outsider art is the bedrock of Bethesda's bohemian identity. Martins and her assistant Koos…
Museum in Cradock

Schreiner House Museum

Olive Schreiner is best known for her classic Karoo novel, Story of an African Farm. Published in 1883 under the pseudonym Ralph Iron, this provocative plaasroman (farm novel) and bildungsroman (coming-of-age story)…
Museum in Nieu Bethesda

Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

The models and fossil casts here depict prehistoric animals (gorgonopsians, dicynodonts and the like) around 253 million years old – 50 million years before the age of dinosaurs. Staff will take you to see the real …
Museum in Graaff-Reinet

Old Library

This former library, built in 1847, houses a wide-ranging collection of historical artefacts. There's fossils from the Karoo, displays on Khoe-San rock paintings and slavery, and an exhibition about local son Robert…
Museum in Graaff-Reinet

Reinet House

This Dutch Reformed parsonage, built between 1806 and 1812, is a beautiful example of Cape Dutch architecture, with high ceilings and yellow wood floors. The cobblestone rear courtyard has a grapevine that was plant…
Museum in Graaff-Reinet

Hester Rupert Art Museum

Located in one of South Africa's oldest churches, a Dutch Reformed Mission church consecrated in 1821, this museum hosts an art collection of work by more than 100 South African artists from the 1950s and '60s, incl…
Church in Graaff-Reinet

Dutch Reformed Church

This landmark 19th-century church, one of South Africa’s finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture, stands in the town's main square. It was built using local sandstone and has beautiful stained-glass windows…