Things to do in/near Graaff-Reinet

Posted on 7 May 2024 By Louise Bell

A charming urban setting known as one of the oldest towns in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet, is the perfect location for your next weekend getaway. With a dreamy and rustic atmosphere in the paths of this sleepy hollow, you’ll feel you’ve finally found space to breathe away from the restrictive air big cities can instil.

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Ready to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history and the breathtaking beauty of Graaff-Reinet? Here are a few activities and sights that will inspire you to explore this town’s remarkable history and beautiful landscape, ensuring a getaway filled with exciting new experiences.

Visit the Hester Rupert Art Museum

A vibrant space filled with iconic South African artists’ masterpieces, the Hester Rupert Art Museum is a must for art connoisseurs seeking to explore the rich diversity of the country’s art. Known for its acute representation and displays of the South African Modernism movement, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with pieces from an essential era of art, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for South African culture.

Address: Church Street, Graaff-Reinet, 6280.

Explore the Obesa Nursery

The Obesa Nursery is a fantastic space where you can encounter a vast network of desert plants in one area, a thorny wonderland of succulents and cacti to explore. There are thousands of desert plant species on the grounds, and most of these spiky and unique species are for sale.

Whether you weave around the cacti maze or prefer to visit the greenhouse to select a new succulent for your house, you’re sure to have a pleasant experience at this hardy plant sanctuary.

Address: 49 Murray St, Graaff-Reinet, 6280.

Wonder at the Valley of Desolation

The Valley of Desolation is an almost surreal space where you can appreciate the unique appearance of the natural structures in the impressive Camdeboo National Park. You will feel you’re a visitor on another planet.

A natural phenomenon or volcanic activity mixed with erosion, the columns and structures in this location are a marvel to photograph in the proper lighting. In the Cadeboo National Park, you’ll have ample opportunity to participate in many outdoor activities.

From bird watching to embarking on an overnight hiking excursion, this picturesque national park has something for every type of nature lover.

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