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On the outskirts of the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape and within the Camdeboo National Park lies the Valley of Desolation. Here, visitors stand in awe at the sheer cliffs and giant stone pillars that appear to have risen up from the desert floor. The valley is situated in the Karoo, a semi-desert region that covers a large section of South Africa’s inland total land mass.
As its name implies, first impressions of the valley is that of a desolate area and totally free of life, however, nothing could be further from the truth. Look a little closer and you will find an amazing array of fauna and flora. The best way to experience the reserve’s wildlife is to attempt the Crag Lizard hiking trail that begins at the car park and is a mere 45 minute walk. Mammals include the Cape buffalo, mountain zebra and black wildebeest, a rare species susceptible to disease... Show more