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“Nature and views”

Valley of Desolation
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Reviewed April 5, 2018

A drive up a high ridge gives access to two viewpoints which provide wonderful views of the town of Graaff-Reinet and the usually barren Camdeboo plains which surround it. This lies within an atmospheric nature reserve which features the flora and fauna of the area. When we were there it was unusually green after rare rains. Also, we spent so much time enjoying the view from the topographic viewpoint that we could not take the walk at the oher viewpoint which is even better (from previous experience) as it had started raining hard. This is unlikely to happen and was also an experience.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Anna B
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Such a popular place to visit and not to be missed, especially at sunset. Spectacular "wall" with valley in background.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kazialil1
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Reviewed March 31, 2018

For foreigners, R120 each - but great value. A drive up to 2 superb lookout points overlooking the Valley of Desolation, with the opportunity to take a one hour walk round the top from the second viewpoint. I would say that less than 1-in-20 took this walk, which is a shame as there were great additional views and we also saw vervet monkeys and some really unusual insects. Also signs of antelope on the ground. You need sturdy walking shoes though.

After the descent, you are given directions for "phase 2", which is a self-guided drive around maybe 20 km of parkland. (There is also a much bigger area only accessible in 4x4, which we didn't have). The guy on the gate warned us that it was hot so there wouldn't be much game visible. Well, maybe it could have been better, but we saw wildebeast, blemspok deer, springbok, large tortoise, red hartebeast and several others that I have forgotten, but took decent photos of! As a mini-safari, best value you can get!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank David M
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

We visited the stunningly beautiful Valley of Desolation in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. The valley is a geological phenomenon; a sheer cliff face declared a national monument that lies within the Camdeboo National Park. The Valley of Desolation is a unique Karoo landscape and ecosystem that surrounds the town of Graff-Reinet, creating a type of oasis in the midst of the aridness of the Karoo. Visiting the Valley of Desolation was a highly relaxing and enjoyable experience with some truly beautiful plants, trees, wildlife and amazing geologic formations and the valley below. It is also a great place to relax and enjoy picnic in such a tranquil surrounds. Me, my wife and our daughter had a great time.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank 811michael
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Reviewed March 17, 2018

This area of the park has some trails. We took a shorter trail that takes you to some pretty impressive lookouts with amazing views of the geologic formations and the valley below. Nice indigenous vegetation and some names of the plants were to be found on the short trail. I enjoyed the Cabbage trees which are native to this area. Clean bathrooms near the parking lot. Worth doing the short trail if you don't have time for the longer trail. When you come into the park and pay your fee you will now receive a nice color brochure with information about the park, map etc. We visited many national parks on this trip and all of them are now providing this brochure which is very useful.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Sarracenia
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