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SSet in a curl of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa and has seen more than two centuries of travellers, adventurers and prospectors pass through its streets. Today it is a vibrant centre for tourism, game farming and traditional agriculture. For something completely different, have your group take a 4x4 trip into the incredible valleys and sheer cliffs of the Valley of Desolation. Part of the Camdeboo National Park and operated by SANParks, there a number of outdoor activities on offer, including hiking and birding in spectacular scenery. When you stand at the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park, surrounded by precariously balanced dolerite pillars rising to heights of 120m, you could imagine you're standing in God’s quarry. This national park practically surrounds the historic town of Graaff-Reinet and offers a variety of landscapes and activities to the visitor. With the plains of the Great Karoo as its backdrop, prehistoric fossils on the valley floor tell of a landscape formed hundreds of millions of years ago.

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SSet in a curl of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa and has seen more than two centuries of travellers, adventurers and prospectors pass through its streets. Today it is a vibrant centre for tourism, game farming and traditional agriculture. For something completely different, have your group take a 4x4 trip into the incredible valleys and sheer cliffs of the Valley of Desolation. Part of the Camdeboo National Park and operated by SANParks, there a number of outdoor activities on offer, including hiking and birding in spectacular scenery. When you stand at the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park, surrounded by precariously balanced dolerite pillars rising to heights of 120m, you could imagine you're standing in God’s quarry. This national park practically surrounds the historic town of Graaff-Reinet and offers a variety of landscapes and activities to the visitor. With the plains of the Great Karoo as its backdrop, prehistoric fossils on the valley floor tell of a landscape formed hundreds of millions of years ago.

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