One must visit the Valley of Desolation - it's 16km outside of Graaff-Reinet on a tar road. Entrance Fee is payable at the Camdeboo National Park Gate. This Entrance Fee is valid for the whole day & includes entrance to the Game Viewing Area near Nqweba Dam
For more information on the town of Graaff-Reinet see this video on You Tube:
Fondest memory: Graaff-Reinet is a lovely little town where one can walk the streets, admire the beautiful monuments, eat divine food & taste unbelievably good coffee & chocolates!
Come & explore the streets of Graaff-Reinet.
Favorite thing: If you are in the Graaff-Reinet area, you may wish to read "Plains of Camdeboo" by Eve Palmer about life on a Karoo farm. It's on sale locally and from online bookstores. It really nrings the area to life for outsiders and probably residents). Recommended.
As elsewhere in South Africa, the tourism authority people are helpful, knowledgable and friendly. If you are the kind of person who normally likes to find out things for yourself or relies on the LP or RG, I would suggest a different approach here.
Not only are the tourism offices absolutely stacked with information but there is masses of information on other towns in the area, and elsewhere in South Africa.
In Graaff-Reinet, the situation is slightly confusing. There seem to be two tourism information centres, close to each other. The "more official one" seems to be the one nearer the Old Library (further away from the church on Church Street), which is the Graaff-Reinet Publicity Association. Their office is also a mini-museum. They have a really excellent website and their written material is superb (trust me on this one, folks; I am a tourism consultant, and I see a LOT of this stuff. It doesn't get much better than the G-R material!!). Graaff Reinet Publicity Association
There is a second Tourist Information Centre, which is a little more obviously signposted, at the back of the bookshop on Church Street very close to the church itself. However, this has a lot less information and didn't mention some of the free local information pamphlets available at the Publicity Association. To be honest, they didn't even mention the Pubicity Association (about one minute's walk away) which suggests that there is some tension and competition here! Ohhhhhh, I do love small-town politics......it'll be pamphlets at dawn soon!