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The Eastern Cape town of Graaff-Reinet is one of the must-visit destinations in South Africa. Steeped in a historically significant legacy, Graaff-Reinet – known as the gem of the Karoo – is the oldest town in the Eastern Cape Province and the fourth oldest overall in South Africa. With nearly 200 national monuments and an entire street including its slave cottages restored, Graaff-Reinet manages to retain its 19th Century ambience and old-world charm making it a fascinating and interesting destination for many travellers to frequent.
Although the town is situated in the heart of the Karoo, it is enclosed by the majestic Camdeboo National Park as well as a bend in the Sundays River with the supreme mountain peaks of the Sneeuberg towering over it; it is essentially because of the Camdeboo National Park that the landscape around Graaff-Reinet is fertile and green as opposed to sandy and dusty. Furthermore, Graaff-Reinet is a hive of exciting activities to... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.