The Camdeboo...where space, nature and heritage combine to offer a Karoo tourism experience like no other place on earth.


The word Camdeboo, derived from the Khoi word meaning ‘green pool’ or ‘green hippo pool’ from the Khoi Cam-/Kam- ‘green’ and -debo(o) ‘pool, hippo pool’, has become synonymous with a sense of magical mystery. It was first popularised in Eve Palmer’s book “The Plains of Camdeboo”, published in 1966 and stretches from the south of the Sneeuberg to as far as Pearston and Murraysburg.

Surrounded by the Camdeboo National Park, Graaff-Reinet, the heart of the “Great Karoo” – Place of Thirst – is a boundless and mysterious area covered by vast livestock and game farms, where broad plains roll away to distant koppies and multilayered mountains that seem to touch the indigo sky.

Listen to the silence, breathe in the aged earth and the Karoo bossies (which conjure up the taste of Karoo lamb!), and gaze at a startlingly clear horizon that seems drawn at the other end of the earth. Our clear night skies are studded with countless stars and huge bright planets; even other galaxies are visible with the naked eye, offering some of the best star gazing in the world.

Fossils of some of the earliest forms of one-celled life have been discovered here, indicating that life has existed in this region for three billion years. The richness of pre-dinosaur fossils in this region is world-renowned. 

We invite you to experience the magic of this area, discover eccentric little hamlets, sprawling farmsteads, the historical town of Graaff-Reinet and the nearby villages of Aberdeen and Nieu Bethesda, populated by warm and welcoming people that love to share their stories and legends.

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Graaff-Reinet Town WalkCome and join us for a guided town walk with...Monday, 19th March 2018 to Monday, 31st December 2018
Walter Battiss Opening -...Please join us for a glass of wine at the opening...Monday, 21st May 2018
Stars of the KarooThe concert, entitled ‘Stars of the...Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 to Thursday, 24th May 2018
Stoep Tasting 2018For further info contact Rose...Friday, 25th May 2018 to Saturday, 26th May 2018
St James Anglican BazaarSt James Anglican Church Annual Bazaar.Friday, 25th May 2018
Profit With Purpose28 Donkin Street, Graaff-Reinet - Meet and GreetFriday, 25th May 2018

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