Activities in the area

Abundant in history and nature, the town of Graaff-Reinet provides a peaceful getaway from the bustle of everyday life. A mere 45 minute drive away from Mount Camdeboo, Graaff-Reinet boasts many interesting and unique activities.

  • THE GRAAFF-REINET ANGLO-BOER WAR TOUR

± 2.5 hours

Relive the experience of the town under martial law and visit the monuments and museums including the Military History Museum, the Anglo Boer War Memorial, the historical Graaff-Reinet Jail, a historical fire-arms collection and the Graaff-Reinet Club which has a close association with the Coldstream Guards.

  • HISTORICAL GRAAFF-REINET TOUR

± 2.5 hours

Take a guided walk through the architectural Gem of the Karoo. Visit landmarks & monuments including Reinet House, the Drostdy, the Dutch Reformed Church & the Graaff-Reinet Club where bullet holes in the bar-counter reveal a fascinating past.

  • UMASIZAKHE TOWNSHIP TOUR

± 2.5 hours

Experience this vibrant and friendly community and learn about Ubuntu and the Xhosa language & culture. Take a guided walk through the township streets, visit a local project and/or a school and see the historical Royal Block. On a Sunday one can attend a church service and hear a traditional or gospel choir.

  • CAMDEBOO NATIONAL PARK NATURE WALK

± 2.5 hours

Take a walk on the wild side on old antelope trails through the ancient Karoo landscape. Learn about medicinal plants, unique flora and ancient geology. See the spoor of Cape Mountain Zebra, Kudu and other antelope. Touch, taste & experience the Karoo like never before.

  • CAMDEBOO NATIONAL PARK NIGHT DRIVE

± 2.5 hours

Depart after sunset, once it is dark enough for the powerful spotlights to become effective. An exciting opportunity to see the more elusive nocturnal creatures such as Aardwolf, Genet, Bat-eared Fox, Caracal, Aardvark and Cape Eagle Owl, as well as some of the larger mammals like Buffalo. Experience the sights and sounds of the Karoo at night with the southern stars above you.

  • CAMDEBOO NATIONAL PARK GAME DRIVE

± 2.5 hours

Experience incredible open landscapes in this 19 000 ha park. Game to be seen includes Kudu, Black Wildebeest, Oryx, Red Hartebeest, Cape Mountain Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Springbok, Eland, Vervet Monkeys and Meerkats. Birdlife abounds and Blue Crane and Denham's Bustard can often be seen.

  • CAMDEBOO NATIONAL PARK DRIEKOPPE 4X4 TRAIL

Half or full day

An adventure into the remote and rugged mountains of the little visited 11 000 ha eastern sector of the Park. Explore a world f rocky ravines with breathtaking views over the plains of Camdeboo. Track down the rare Cape Mountain Zebra and experience a true Karoo mountain wilderness. Other wildlife often seen includes Chacma Baboon, Kudu and Klipspringer. Optional hiking trail in Fonteinkloof. Optional picnic lunch.  

  • THE PAARDEFONTEIN BATTLE SITE TOUR

Half or full day

Visit the hidden valley where the Boer Cmdt Lotter laagered up with 130 men on the wet, cold night of 4 September 1901. Lt-Col Scobell's column consisting of the 9th Lancers, the Cape Mounted Rifles & the Imperial Yeomanry; hunting Loiter with untiring energy, finally tracked him down to his hide-out and made a surprise dawn raid capturing virtually the entire commando. Relive the story of this Commando's fateful last hours and visit the graves of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Optional picnic brunch/lunch.

  • BUSHMEN ROCK ART & GONDWANALAND FOSSIL TOUR

Half or full day

In the Sneeuberg is a sheltered, well-watered oasis; hidden high up on the inhospitable plateau where man has lived, hunted, & survived for thousands of years. Take a walk to the nearby rock-paintings, see hundreds of Bushman artefacts, learn about their vanished culture & take a fascinating guided tour of the extensive fossil museum where the Karoo palaeontol­ogy is explained. Optional lunch.

  • VALLEY OF DESOLATION SUNDOWNER TOUR

± 2.5 hours

Experience this hauntingly beautiful geological formation with spectacular 120m high columns of ancient eroded volcanic rock that stand sentinel over the endless, parched Plains of Camdeboo. Panoramic views over Graaff-Reinet are also afforded. Wildlife commonly seen on this tour includes Kudu, Cape Mountain Zebra, Mountain Reedbuck and the majestic Verreaux's Eagle with their 2m wingspan.

  • NIEU BETHESDA & OWL HOUSE TOUR

Half or full day with Rock Art tour

Take a scenic drive to this picturesque & secluded village in the Sneeuberg little changed by time. Visit the Owl House; the eccentric Helen Martins' fantasy world of glass & concrete and take a walk through the quaint dusty streets. Relax at a craft brewery or a coffee shop, take in an art gallery or two and see the talents of emerging township artists at the Bethesda Arts Centre. Optional lunch at local restaurant.

  • MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK TOUR

Full day

Take a drive over the Sneeuberg to this 28 000 ha park. From the extensive grassland plateau one is afforded panoramic mountain vistas where large numbers of Zebra, Blesbok, Black Wildebeest, Springbok, Eland and Red Hartebeest abound. The reintroduction of Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, Cheetah and Lion make this park well worth a visit. Optional picnic or main camp lunch.

All tours above can be booked through Mount Camdeboo Reservations and are offered by Karoo Connections.