Top things to do

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…
Top Choice Deli in Nieu Bethesda

The Brewery & Two Goats Deli

Across a bridge from the main part of the village is this charmingly rustic farmhouse on a working dairy farm, where you can sit under the trees sampling a delicous platter of cheeses, salami, pickles and olives. It…
Top Choice South African in Cradock

Victoria Manor

This atmospheric hotel dining room has dark-wood panelling and richly upholstered furnishings in 19th-century English style. Service is attentive, and the Karoo cuisine hearty and delicious. Karoo lamb chops, burger…
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)…
Cafe in Graaff-Reinet

Polka Cafe

Polka's food will linger long on the palate. Karoo lamb, matured steaks and bobotie (curry topped with beaten egg baked to a crust) are on the dinner menu; lighter lunches include savoury pancakes, salads and pizzas…
South African in Cradock

True Living

Cafes cluster around the corner of JA Calata and Albert Sts, mostly combined with nurseries or decor shops. In the latter category, this courtyard cafe sells plates and platters of farm-kitchen food, including bobot…
Cafe in Graaff-Reinet

Our Yard

This trendy 'roastery and culture stop' serves excellent coffees, breakfasts, light meals, fruit juices, scones and cakes in a shady courtyard. The evening menu feature meaty mains, including lamb rib and venison. A…