SANParks Camdeboo National Park | Graaff Reinet Self Catering Accommodation
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The Camdeboo National Park is located in the Karoo and almost completely surrounds the Eastern Cape town of Graaff-Reinet. Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo, not to mention awesome scenic beauty.
Camdeboo National Park’s accommodation is situated on the floodplains of the Nqweba Dam and accessed via the Lakeview Gate on the N9 towards Middleburg. This area is part of the Park’s game viewing area which is home to buffalo, antelope such as gemsbok, eland, red hartebeest and springbok, smaller mammals such as black-backed jackal, and many bird species.
With an estimated 100,000 people who visit this site each year, the Valley of Desolation is a premier tourist attraction in the region.
There are a number of 4×4 routes that can be explored in both the eastern and western sections of the Park. Day visitors are welcome and can make use of various attractions such as the Valley of Desolation, game viewing area, and a number of picnic sites.
The Lakeview Tented Camp features 4 rustic furnished tents providing a relaxed nature experience. Each tent sleeps 2 people and contains 2 single beds, a patio with a table and 2 chairs, and a braai facility. The tents have shared use of communal ablutions with showers and toilets. The tents have shared use of a communal self-catering kitchen that is equipped with a stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, and cooking and eating utensils. There is also a communal braai area for group use.
The Nqweba Campisite features 15 sites that can accommodate up to 6 people per site. All the sites have power points and braai units. The campsite has a communal self-catering kitchen that features a stove, microwave, and a deep freezer. The campsites have use of communal ablution facilities with showers and toilets. Extra vehicles are charged an additional fee per night.
Local area description
With an estimated 100 000 people who visit this site each year, the Valley of Desolation is a premier tourist attraction in the region. The road to the top of the valley was tarred in 1978 and today provides tourists with easy access to the viewpoints with their panoramic views of the landscape. The viewpoints at the Valley itself provide a breathtaking view of piled dolerite columns against the backdrop of the plains of the Great Karoo and a timeless sense of wonder at a landscape said to be the product of the erosive and volcanic forces of nature over a period of 200 million years.
Presently, approximately 19 km of gravel roadways provide visitors with the opportunity to view the entire range of indigenous species in their preferred habitats. For birding enthusiasts, nearly 250 bird species have been recorded in the Park. There are several hiking trails and walks in the Park, as well as 4×4 trails.
The Nqweba Dam, which covers over 1,000 hectares, provides cool relief during hot summer days and a base for a variety of water activities. Boating, canoeing, fishing and windsurfing are allowed on the dam (permit fees apply). The Nqweba Dam attracts a wide variety of birds as well as wildlife such as buffalo, gemsbok, springbok and black wildebeest which come to drink from the waters. Fish species which occur in the dam include moggel, common carp, African catfish, mullet, round herring, mosquitofish and river goby.
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Oorslaap op Graaff-Reinet is die moeite werd. Die dorp en omgewing bied geweldig baie. Kamp in die Nasionale Park gee ook toegang tot die Vallei van Verlatenheid en oorbly om die sonsondergang te geniet. Geriewe van hoogstaande gehalte, skoon en netjies.