Independent, impartial reviews of Graaff-Reinet from SafariNow users
Beautifully preserved historical venues.Valley of Desolation a highlight. Facilities at the Valley much improved since our last visit.
07 April 2013
The town is beautiful although some areas need to be cleaned up. The Kamdeboo Park was a good experience. Valley of Desolation was spectacular. The food and service at Polka restaurant was excellent.
02 April 2013
If you want history then this is the place to go to. The town is clean and easy to walk around. The eating establishments are great.
09 March 2013
The town is very clean and well-kept; we enjoyed delicious meals at Cold Stream and Polka restaurants, the cycling route towards Murraysburg and the Valley of Desolation is a highlight.
25 February 2013
Wonderful little town, very peaceful and interesting buildings, museums, antique and gift shops, plus a choice of good restaurants. We wished we were staying another day so we could visit the Valley of Desolation - 14km away - but next time .........
22 February 2013
Wir konnten nur 2 Tage in Graaff Reinet verbringen, aber es lohnt sich, dort etwas länger zu bleiben.
Die Umgebung bietet gute Gelegenheit für Ausflüge und die Gastronomie ist sehr zu empfehlen. Unser
Aufenthalt bei Beau & I wird uns in bester Erinnerung bleiben.
Diether & Renate Gross
We could only spend 2 days in Graaff Reinet, but it's worth it to stay there a little longer.
The area offers good opportunities for excursions and the gastronomy is highly recommended. Our
stay has good memories.
08 February 2013
Die rustige, veilige karoo-dorpie waar jy oral heen kan loop, met sy wonderlike gastehuise, restaurante en besienswaardighede kan jou vir dae lank besig hou, en dan moet jy nog tyd maak vir ontspan ook.
23 January 2013
It was our first visit to Graaff Reinet and we were rather disappointed. The town seemed drab and dirty.
The guest house owner was very friendly and the meal we had at a little restaurant was very good.
07 January 2013
What a lovely little town this is, so clean and friendly. Our accomodation was also most comfortable. We would definately stay over here again when passing through.
05 January 2013
Lorren de Kock
The old buildings and museums make Graaff Rienet a typical historical town with a great deal of significance in SA.
The restaurants are great with the "Homemade Karoo Dishes' on offer. Had a great dinner at Pioneers.
24 December 2012
Een zeer leuk stadje met een verhaal! Leuke restaurantjes, mooie gebouwen en vooral een minder gekend Nationaal Park dat zeer de moeite is.
21 December 2012
As our first ever visit to Graaff Reinet, we were most impressed with the town and its people, especially our accommodation and the restaurant "Ambience" where we dined. The Jacaranda trees were an amazing sight too.
17 November 2012
Defenitely worth at least a 2 day visit and do remember to include a visit the "old" church, the museums, Sovenier shops as well as the most wonderful restaurants -- and i do include a visit to the valley of desolation.
13 November 2012
Most beautifully preserved and restored town you will find anywhere.
You think you are in rural France or Italy and then you realize that you actually woke up and you were in heaven.
It is difficult to compare with any other place. Upmarket version of Clarens Cape style? Much quieter, neater and tidier version of Stellenbosch?
29 October 2012
Graaff-Reinet was such a friendly town. Unfortunately we arrived there on a Sunday and couldn't do much tourist things. We found it very clean and piecefull and the B&B where we stayed was excellent. Will go back for more exploring!
Overnight Stay in Graaff-Reinet
14 September 2012
Graaff Reinet has beutiful historic buildings and we can only hope that their maintanance will be a priority.It is a pity that the museums and especially the Reinet house is closed after 13H00 on a Saturday as we were so much looking forward to visit it. Tourists DO visit Graaff Reinet during the weekend!!
Delport and le Roux on Graaff reinet
07 September 2012
Angela de Abreu
We stayed over in Graaf-Reinet recently on route to the Eastern Cape. What a beautiful little town! We thoroughly enjoyed walking through the streets and taking in the scenery and historical sites. It is a pity that the town remains relatively poor and that little investment has been made in maintaining some of the key sites. I really hope that this changes so that the town will continue to be as beautiful as it is in future.
06 September 2012
We had never seen Graaff Reinet before but to our surprise when we finally reached our destination - an oasis in the middle of nowhere. The town has so much to offer with the historical buildings and quaint houses. The scenery including the Valley of Desolation is amazing. We often stay over when we travel to Cape Town on holiday.
26 August 2012
Graaff-Reinet is a beautiful little town in the Karoo.. The valley of Desolation is a beautiful nature reserve close by, and there is also a dam. It is place to really catch your breath, a great place to relax and spent time in nature...
21 August 2012
Graaff-Reneit is one of the most butiful karoo dorpies I've been so far! What has struck me is the butiful historical Church in Church Street as u enter the place! Its a small town but the da hospitality of the people in this town is outstanding! Somethinng that people from cpt shud learn from,the guest house we stayed was butiful I already recommendid a lot of people wen ever they heading for Graff Reneit that's the place to stay but so are many other places.
I went there only for 2 days so it was a rush but we r planing to visit Graaf Reneit soon........
21 August 2012
We stayed in the sweetest little place right on the road and we loved it! Such a pity it was only for one night, but we will definitely be back. Thank you for your hospitality, and the chance to once again see the beauty that is in and around this amazing little dorpie.
21 August 2012
We so enjoyed our visit to Graff-Reinet. The town has been beautifully kept and it was a pleasure to walk the street and reminice of past eras. We felt very safe during our visit. We will be back.
20 August 2012
Die pragtige karoo dorpie het my onmiddellik betower! Heerlike groot koeltebome, pragtige historiese geboue en fantastiese atmosfeer! Wat n heerlike plek om in te bly! Ek het ontspan, alhoewel ek daar was vir besigheid! Jy voel omtrent ontspanne en gemaklik daar!
20 August 2012
irma Van Zyl
n Slapende wonder in die Karoo .Vir n stedeling die plek waar die siel verkwik word en die moee liggaam tot rus kom.Jy staan in vewondering oor die uniekheid van God se skepping in en rondom die pragtige historiese dorpie . Kaktusse wat reusagtig word , die rotsformasies van die berge en die uitsig tot in die toekoms in ......Jy besef weer hoe klein jy is voor Sy Grootheid ! Soos wat hy vir die blomme sorg wat vandag hier is en more weg is des te meer sal Hy vir ons sorg .
Wat beter wil jy he vir n moee , verlore stedeling - n plek van rus na waters waar daar vrede is .
20 August 2012
Tessa de Villiers
I spent all my schooling years at boarding school in Graaff-Reinet so have very fond memories of the town and the school's alma mata. The town is steeped in history and tradition and am proud to say I was part of it for 10 years of my life.
Tessa de Villiers on Graaff-Reinet
20 August 2012
Ailsa and Nick Grobler
For many travellers Graaff-Reinet is that town about eight hours drive from Guateng where you rest for the night and then you are very close to the next stop - the Cape coast - yipee.
But did you know that the town offers seven routes to explore.These routes include Palentolgy (fossils to most of us) Eco trails which includes a new 4x4 trail in the Camdeboo National Park - and I mean 4 x 4, Creative route - visit the artists and watch them at work, Culinary - Karoo slow cooking at it's best, Heritage with five museums which tell the stories of this wonderful town with its most amazing ,diverse and interesting personalities that helped shape our towns history, from way back when, Kids activities which range from fun filled activities arranged by SAN Parks or just getting to know the friendly pets at Noahs Arc animal sanctuary.
Birding 220 different birds accounted for with resident Black eagles nesting on the cliffs of the Valley of Desolation.This same Valley has inspired many a photographer to spend hours enjoying the views and spectacular sunsets. This is a town for all seasons and the "locals" are always willing to share a tale or two. Don't be fooled by the seemingly quiet apearance of the town - Graaffies "Rocks" to a unique rythym - You just need to spend time here - relax, take a deep breath of the fresh Karoo air - and you will be hooked for "keeps"
17 August 2012
Come and see the historical town of Graaff-Reinet with lots to see and to do.
17 August 2012
Graaff-reinet is 'n pragtige karoo dorpie vol interesante dinge om te doen en te sien. Kom kyk gerus self. Kry die rustige gevoel van die platteland hierby ons in Graaff-Reinet.
05 June 2012
Janine vd Merwe
Graaff-Reinet is a town known for so many historical events and sites. For city dwellers the hospitality and friendliness is superb. There are many sites nearby such as Owl House in Nieu Bethesda and the Valley of Desolation. Recommend a Guest Farm to stay at near Graaff-Reinet and you have the best of both worlds. Graaff-Reinet also can claim some of the best schools in South Africa.
02 May 2012
Hannelie De Wet
One of the most beautiful towns in South Africa. So many places to see if you love our history and culture. Surrounding towns, eg. Nieuw Bethesda also well worth a visit. Good to see that some towns are kept neat despite difficult financial times.
23 April 2012
Good for a road overnight stop, but not for more than 2 days.
22 April 2012
A jewel in the middle of the Karoo. What a gorgeous little town, well kept with so much history - a must see and experience.
09 April 2012
What a pleasure to visit Graaf Reinet. The town is spotless and the buildings so well maintained. I will definitely recommend it as a stopover for a quick visit to the town.
09 January 2012
Graaff-Reinet is a beautiful town with a vey interesting history. The museums are fantastic. The Church is unbelievably beautiful. A pity that we could not see the inside.
08 January 2012
We love visiting Graaff-Reinet. The town has been beautifully maintained and restored.
07 January 2012
Excellent for history fanatics and old buildings.
03 January 2012
Most impressed with the cleanliness and atmosphere here. Would have liked to have spent more time exploring the town and the surrounding areas.
24 December 2011
The whole town was vibrant, the people were friendly and there are loads of lovely refurbished old buildings. It did get very hot in the afternoon.
11 December 2011
It is a beautiful town with the most gorgeous gardens. The people are friendly. We did not do half of the activities there are to do in the area.
17 October 2011
Dit is 'n pragtige dorp en die eerste keer dat ek daar oorgebly het. Ooral waar ons gegaan het was almal so vriendelik en behulpsaam.
It is a lovely town and it was my first time staying over at Graaff-Reinet. Everywhere we visited, the people were very friendly and helpful.
07 October 2011
A lovely town with a wealth of history and natural beauty. One can become lost in the wealth of landmarks, with a national park just a few minutes away.
06 July 2011
It is a convenient stopover on the way to Plettenberg Bay.
08 May 2011