Plains of the Camdeboo

The plains of the Camdeboo refers to the vast area once sees when viewing down on the Karoo landscape from the Valley of Desolation.

Eve Palmer's book - Plains of Camdeboo - also refers to this area.  Jamie Fox wrote about his visit to the Karoo, "I had come in search of a book. Not a thing of paper and ink, but the spirit of a very particular book. Essentially, Eve Palmer’s The Plains of Camdeboo is the celebration of a Karoo landscape. It’s about Cranemere farm, where five generations of Palmers have made their home. From dinosaurs and early hominids to trekkers and sheep farmers.  Eve traces the myriad stories that have played out in this dry place. It’s an evocative piece of writing that captures the essence of the Camdeboo."

Visitors to Graaff-Reinet are encouraged to explore the Plains of Camdeboo & to visit the nearby towns of Nieu-Bethesda & Aberdeen.

The following activities showcase the 7 Routes within the Plains of Camdeboo that are currently being develop:

We recommend the folloings things to do & see around Graaff Reinet

• Eco-Tourism Route – See the valley of Desolation situated in the Camdeboo National Park.

• Culinary Route – Visit the 2 Goats Deli in Nieu-Bethesda and enjoy home-brewed ale and goats cheese. Or why not enjoy divine coffee and homemade chocolates in Graaff-Reinet

• Children’s Activities Route – Walk the Eerste Fontein Hiking Trail. Or why not enjoy finding fossils or bushmen paintings located in the Karoo

• Heritage Route – Visit the famous Reinet House and see the old vine and waterwheel located in the back garden

• Palaeontology Route – View some of the oldest fossils that are placed in the Old Library Museum in Graaff-Reinet

Oral History Route – Hear the interesting stories of the people who call Graaff-Reinet home. 

• Arts and Crafts Route – Come and see what the locals of Graaff-Reinet are showcasing, including beautiful ceramics by Charmaine Haines

Enjoy your time in the Karoo!!!