Camdeboo National Park

Time needed: 1 Hour(s) to 4 Hour(s)

Showcasing the beauty and vastness of the South African Karoo, one of the greatest displays of nature in the world, the Camdeboo National Park and the Valley of Desolation is a massive park stretching 19 405 hectares and almost completely surrounding the town of Graaff-Reinet.

A large part of the park is found in the foothills of the Sneeuberg Mountain range and sits around 740 to 1480 metres above sea level. The Nqweba Dam is also found in the park and covers 1000 hectares when at maximum capacity. The most impressive and beautiful area of the park is known as the Valley of Desolation where pillars of dolerite rock reaching to heights of 90 to 120 metres above sea level have been formed by erosion. This area has an eerie yet breath-taking quality to it that visitors can enjoy while hiking on one of the many trails that have been laid out, or simply sitting and taking in the magnificent scenery.

Visitors to the park can expect to see a wide spectrum of wildlife including springbok, blesbok, wildebeest and kudu. Camdeboo was declared South Africa's 22nd National Park in October 2005.

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Camdeboo National Park, Eastern Cape
When entering Graaff-Reinet, you will enter on College Road. College Road becomes Church Street. The Old Dutch Reformed Church is dead centre of this road and vehicles can only turn left around the church and will come to a stop street. Turn left at the stop street into Caledon Street and proceed down the street. At the four-way stop, turn right into the road towards Murraysburg. Keep going onto the road to the Valley of Desolation. The entrance to the park is 8km from Graaff-Reinet on the Murraysburg road