Graaff | Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Graaf-Reinet church.

Graaff-Reniet, the gem of the Karoo, is the fourth oldest European town in South Africa, and lies in a bend of the Sunday's River and in the shadow of the rocky Sneeuberg. Graaf Reniet is home to many good hotels and guest houses, as well as a lovely campground directly at the Sunday's River.

This Karoo town is a little out of the way, so not often included in many itineraries. This is a pity, as it is one of the most interesting towns in the Eastern Cape. Here you can enjoy a cultural and erudite experience, with a number of art galleries, museums, monuments and magnificent buildings.

Other fascinating attractions include the Hester Rupert Art Museum and the collections of Cape Silver in the Dutch Reformed Church, which dominates the town with its central location and high steeple. More than 200 buildings in Graaff Reniet are national monuments.

Experience the history of the town from a horse drawn carriage, offering an insightful introduction to the well maintained Cape-Dutch architecture of this historic place. Other recommended visits include the Reniet House in Murrey Street, the Old Residency in Parsonage Street, the Old Library and the Drostdy in Church Street.

Graaff-Reniet is located on the N9, linking the Garden Route town of George with the N1 at Coleberg, and then to Johannesburg. Graaf Reniet is about 300 kilometres from George and 800 kilometres from Johannesburg.

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