Eastern Cape

A drostdy was the landdrost’s (local administrator's) residence and included his office and courtroom as well as his family’s living quarters. The Graaff-Reinet drostdy, built in 1806, is now a luxury hotel, but you can still see the freed slaves' cottages on Stretcher's Court at the rear. The old slave bell was restored and then, in an awful piece of irony, unveiled by apartheid-era prime minister BJ Vorster.

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1. Hester Rupert Art Museum

0.06 MILES

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…

2. Old Library

0.07 MILES

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…

3. Dutch Reformed Church

0.18 MILES

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…

4. Old Residency

0.19 MILES

Marvel at this well-preserved, 19th-century house with creaking wooden floors and a large collection of firearms, as well as historical photos.

5. Reinet House

0.22 MILES

This Dutch Reformed parsonage, built between 1806 and 1812, is a beautiful example of Cape Dutch architecture, with high ceilings and yellow wood floors…

6. Urquhart House

0.23 MILES

This renovated house shows how well-to-do 19th-century families lived. It features a fine collection of Victorian furniture and exhibitions on…

7. Military History Museum

0.23 MILES

Accessed through Urquhart House, this museum gives an overview of local military history from the 1800s to the current century.

8. Camdeboo National Park

2.02 MILES

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…