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Established in 1786, this town was named after the Governor of that time - 'van der Graaf' and his wife -'Reinet'. It was only the fourth district in the Cape to receive a seat of local government or a 'Drostdy'.
Known to be a barren and untamed area, it became the outpost of white civilization for trading by the middle of the last century.
The picturesque Sneeuberg mountain range keep watch over this typical 19th century rural town.
The town lies in the horse-shoe bend of the Sundays River and boasts more proclaimed national monuments than any other South African town.
It lies in the middle of the Karoo National Reserve (15 000 ha) where another wonder of nature, Valley of Desolation, keep silent memories of times gone by.

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Spandau Kop - Karoo Nature Reserve
Spandau Kop - Karoo Nature Reserve

The town lies 759 m above sea-level.
Summer: Hot weather with average temperatures of 31°C.
Winter: Cool but dry with average temperatures of 6,1°C.

Places to Visit in Graaff-Reinet
  • Reinet House (Water-wheel)
  • Old Library Museum
  • The Old Residency
  • Urquhart House
  • Nieu-Bethesda
  • First Midland Hospital
  • Anglo-Boer War Memorial Statue
  • Hester Rupert Art Museum
  • Drostday & Strecth's Court
  • Jan Rupoert Centre
  • St. James' Church
  • Dutch Reformed Church
  • John Rupert Little Theater
  • Graaff-Reinet Pharmacy
  • Union Monument
  • Town Hall / War Memorial
  • Succulent & Cacti Collection
  • Cradock Street / Private Dwellings

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Things to do in Graaff-Reinet


Sunset - Valley of Desolation
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Important Telephone Numbers
  • Ambulance
  • Fire Department
  • Hospital
  • Police

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Graaff-Reinet Tourism Bureau
  • Graaff-Reinet Publicity Association

    Church Street
    PO Box 153
    Graaff-Reinet 6280
  • Phone : +27 (0)49 892-4248
  • c/o Church & Somerset Streets
  • Email:

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