Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back
Western Cape

You are only moments away

Adventure
Arts
Attractions
Museums
Culture
History
Food
Routes
Trails
Family
Kids
Small town charm

SSet in a curl of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa and has seen more than two centuries of travellers, adventurers and prospectors pass through its streets. Today it is a vibrant centre for tourism, game farming and traditional agriculture.

Graaff-Reinet has been a traveller's oasis in South Africa's semi-arid desert, the Karoo, for more than two centuries, since it was founded in 1786.

It's a stylish town, with at least 200 historical buildings, restored pre-Victorian homes in almost every street and a collection of museums and galleries celebrating its past.

Wist je dat?
GGraaff-Reinet is the only town in South Africa to be surrounded by a national park.

TTucked into a bend in the Sundays River, Graaff-Reinet is best viewed from the heights of the Camdeboo National Park. From here, you can also see the Valley of Desolation and get a good sense of the utter vastness of the Great Karoo.

Graaff-Reinet, Great Karoo

Eten

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Wanneer moet ik gaan?
Hoe kom ik er?

TThis remarkable town lies on the western frontier of the Eastern Cape province. It has bred many famous people, like the charismatic and eloquent founder of the Pan Africanist Congress, Robert Sobukwe, who spent most of the 1960s detained by the apartheid government on Robben Island. Another son of Graaff-Reinet was Anton Rupert, the billionaire who helped restore and build the vibrant community of his home town.

Modern Graaff-Reinet is based on tourism, game farming and traditional stock like Merino sheep and “white gold” – angora goats, which give mohair.

HHolding sway in the centre of Graaff-Reinet is the magnificent Victorian Gothic Dutch Reformed Mother Church, which looks a lot like Britain's Salisbury Cathedral. A local farmer cut, prepared and donated all the stone for this great building.Of interest to tipplers, military buffs and lovers of the bizarre is the Graaff-Reinet Club, which hosted the British Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards during the South African War (formerly known as the Anglo-Boer War).

The story goes that at the end of this bloody colonial war, the Coldstreamers made for the club and partied so hard the bar was riddled with bullet-holes afterwards. Nevertheless, any past or present member of the Coldstream Guards is still welcome in the Graaff-Reinet Club.

The story goes that at the end of this bloody colonial war, the Coldstreamers made for the club and partied so hard the bar was riddled with bullet-holes afterwards. Nevertheless, any past or present member of the Coldstream Guards is still welcome in the Graaff-Reinet Club.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Who to contact
How to get here
Best time to visit
Around the area
Tours to do
What will it cost
Length of stay
What to pack
Where to stay
What to eat
What's happening
Best buys

Related articles

Art and science - The Cape Town Museum and Planetarium

Vibrant culture
Art and science - The Cape Town Museum and Planetarium

A walk up the beautiful Company’s Garden, at the top of Cape Town, takes you to the South African Museum.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

Vibrant culture
Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Explore St George's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in southern Africa

Vibrant culture
Explore St George's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in southern Africa

At St George's Cathedral, the church kept its doors open to people of all races throughout the apartheid era.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

Vibrant culture
Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Vibrant culture
Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Chavonnes Battery, Cape Town

Vibrant culture
Chavonnes Battery, Cape Town

At the V&A Waterfront, visitors can view the ruins of the Chavonnes Battery, which has a remarkable story to tell about the early occupation of the Cape by the Dutch East India Company. But the battery also has much more to offer the visitor ...

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Explore South Africa while sowing the seeds of rural upliftment

Vibrant culture
Explore South Africa while sowing the seeds of rural upliftment

Have you heard of Agritourism? This is a category of tourism that provides visitors the opportunity to experience everyday life on working farms, ranches, wineries and agricultural industries.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Nobel Square - A tribute to great men

Vibrant culture
Nobel Square - A tribute to great men

Tribute to great men Nobel Square, Cape Town

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Vibrant culture
18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

With Nelson Mandela's passing, he will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and the remarkable achievement of bringing peace to a deeply divided country.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA)

Vibrant culture
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA)

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA)

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

It’s all about Malay for a day in Cape Town!

Vibrant culture
It’s all about Malay for a day in Cape Town!

Cape Malay Heritage Tours are a great way for culturally-minded travellers to experience one of the Western Cape’s oldest and most distinctive societies.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Spice up your holiday with a Cape Malay cooking safari

Vibrant culture
Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Oudtshoorn - The capital of the Klein Karoo

Vibrant culture
Oudtshoorn - The capital of the Klein Karoo

Inland from the Cape’s famous Garden Route, over breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes, magnificent red rocks and the wide open spaces of the Klein Karoo, you’ll find Oudtshoorn – once known internationally as the ostrich capital of the world

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

South Africa and its jazz scene

Vibrant culture
South Africa and its jazz scene

Jazz fans from around the world appreciate the skill and vibrant talent of South African jazz musicians.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Be humbled by the heroes of Robben Island

Vibrant culture
Be humbled by the heroes of Robben Island

As you make your way through the corridors of Robben Island, you get transported to a time in South African history where the country reached a turning point.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

District Six Museum -Decades of memories

Vibrant culture
District Six Museum -Decades of memories

This museum in Cape Town seeks to reconnect with the spirit of the community and provide a different interpretation of the past.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

Cape Town's vibrant Bo-Kaap and its museum

Vibrant culture
Cape Town's vibrant Bo-Kaap and its museum

Colourful Bo-Kaap has a fascinating history and unique culture just begging to be explored.

Nu verkennen
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst
Toevoegen aan wensenlijst

South Africa on social media

Copyright © 2018 South African Tourism
|Terms and conditions|Disclaimer|Privacy policy