As a sucker for lovely views, I can vouch that the Valley of Desolation exterior Graaf Reinet is a must-see for all surroundings lovers.

120 m Precariously-balanced Dolerite columns and sheer cliffs stand up from the Camdeboo Valley ground. ‘That is the product of volcanic and erosive forces of nature over 100 million years,’ Graaf Reinet Tourism web site explains.

Pack a picnic basket and your digicam, and look out over the valley that’s positively extra lovely than its title lets on.

Finest time to go:

This can be a year-round attraction you can get pleasure from each time you end up on that facet of the Japanese Cape. Going in the course of winter (July) isn’t extremely suggested as temperatures plummet earlier than the solar units and because it rises.

We had been informed to try to catch the dawn from the point of view however quickly realised that the gates don’t open early sufficient. We ended up snacking on rusks and low within the automobile because the solar rose over the SANParks workplace.

Nevertheless, a profit to going within the morning is that you just might need the entire view all to your self, as most guests don’t go within the morning. You’ll have on a regular basis and area to seize the proper image for the proper Instagram publish.

If you wish to watch the solar setting over the majestic valley, go to the park within the afternoon. There are many spots to get pleasure from sundowners because the solar goes down.

  • Park working hours: Summer season months | 6:00 – 20:00; Winter months | 7:00 – 18:00

Different issues to do within the park:

The park is a recreation reserve with largely plains recreation like Cape Mountain Zebra, gemsbok, kudu, and buffalo so hold your eyes open for some wildlife sightings. You may also drive to the sport viewing space throughout the highway to identify extra wildlife within the park.

Picnic websites are scattered all through the park, so you may cease and luxuriate in your tasty snacks once you really feel slightly peckish.

Camdeboo Nationwide Park additionally has three mountain climbing trails that vary from a one-hour trek to an in a single day hike. Should you’re up for an journey, strive one in every of these hikes out the following time you’re in or round Graaf Reinet.

Issues to recollect:

  1. The point of view is a couple of kilometer circle route that you just stroll, so put on comfy footwear.
  2. Should you’re moving into winter, pack a jacket. Even when it’s a heat Karoo day, it may get chilly from the point of view.
  3. Should you’re moving into summer time, attempt to go to within the early morning or late afternoon as the times might be very popular.
  4. Maintain your receipt after paying entrance as you should use it to enter the sport viewing space after seeing the valley.

Camdeboo Nationwide Park particulars:

  • Entrance payment: R52 per particular person
  • Location: 20 N9, Graaff-Reinet, 6280, South Africa
  • Web site:

Photos: Jordyn Johnson

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