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.

Find Accommodation

Save yourself some time - Click the button above, complete the form and it will be forwarded to all establishments that meet your criteria.

Instagram Follow on Instagram  


There is no need to panic - 82% of COVID-19 cases are mild: patients only experience a slight fever, fatigue and a cough. Only about 6% of patients need intensive care. The vast majority of people can stay at home and get better without hospital treatment.

Featured Accommodation

Featured Business

Upcoming Events

STOEP TASTING 2022BUY YOUR TICKET FOR STOEPTASTING 2022!Thursday, 26th May 2022 to Sunday, 29th May 2022
Cheese and Wine Pairing...A delightful cheese and wine pairing in...Thursday, 26th May 2022 to Friday, 27th May 2022
Simonsig Wines with...Enjoy a pairing of Simonsig Wines with a...Friday, 27th May 2022 to Saturday, 28th May 2022
Middelburg Wool FestivalWool and more!Friday, 24th June 2022 to Sunday, 26th June 2022

More Events

Graaff Reinet on Facebook

Latest News

Black Platinum Spa...Black Platinum Spa Mother's Month Special!
Kwêla Dorp van die...Is Graaff-Reinet in the FINAL Round of...
The Giant FlagA legacy Project of Vast Proportions
Graaff-Reinet Historical...Read all you need to know on Graaff-Reinet.
Union High School Offers...UHS Herby Arnott House Accommodation
Jan Rupert Art Centre...Opening of the New Exhibition 11th of November...
Mount Camdeboo PodGraaff-Reinet Tourism visits the Camdeboo Plains...
Slater and Dutch in...Hand-crafted Leather and Accessory Store Now in...

More News

© Graaff Reinet Tourism - 2022 | Links | List / Manage Your Business | Graaff-Reinet Accommodation

Website Design and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) by ZAWebs Designs | Web Hosting by ZAWebs Hosting