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Discover Graaff Reinet The Eastern Cape town of Graaff Reinet is one of South Africa’s oldest dwellings. Built on the banks of the Sundays River, in the heart of the Great Karoo, Graaff Reinet is home to more national monuments than any other South African town, and also has a thriving agricultural industry built around ostrich and wool farming. National Monuments Graaff Reinet is home to over 200 buildings registered as national monuments, some of these dating back to the 18th century. A walk down Stretch’s Court will take you past dozens of lovingly restored cottages, with shutters and doors painted in vibrant colours. There are also a number of landmarks to explore in the town centre, including the Dutch Reformed Church, a stone building with a design based on that of England’s Salisbury Cathedral. The Drostdy Hotel is another popular landmark, and served as the seat of local government during the early 1800s. Graaff Reinet House Museum Continue your journey through history with a visit to the Graaff Reinet House Museum, a collection of national monuments centred around the Dutch Reformed Church Parsonage. In 1947 the building was restored to serve as a celebration of the town’s heritage, and three additional buildings have since been added to the museum complex. The various buildings comprising the Graaff Reinet Museum are used to exhibit four separate exhibits. These include an exhibit of agricultural implements, a photographic collection detailing the history of the Murray family, a fossil and rock art collection gathered from the surrounding fossil-rich Karoo, a library, and the military history museum. The Camdeboo National Park The town of Graaff Reinet is encircled by the expanses of the Camdeboo National Park. This national park is home to numerous species of antelope, as well as Cape Buffalo and the rare Cape Mountain Zebra. The Valley of Desolation is the Camdeboo National Park’s most famous attraction. This series of sheer dolerite cliffs is a haven for wildlife, and provides breathtaking views of the Karoo plains. Visitors can explore the Valley of Desolation on numerous hikes and walking trails. Visit Graaff Reinet Don’t miss out on an opportunity to visit an Eastern Cape town steeped in history. You can book Graaff Reinet accommodation now at e-southafrica.com, and browse a selection of fascinating day tours and excursions in the Great Karoo. Book comfortable, affordable Graaff Reinet accommodation at e-southafrica.com today. About the Author: e-southafrica.com is a South African accommodation booking website that offers a range of quality, affordable Graaff Reinet accommodation, as well as at many other popular holiday destinations in South Africa.


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