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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Craft-Reinet Taste...Karoo Tasting TourFriday, 10th September 2021 to Sunday, 28th November 2021
Milton Schorr Writers'...Author, Actor Milton Schorr is holding a Writers'...Tuesday, 26th October 2021 to Wednesday, 27th October 2021
Nataniel in ConcertNG Graaff-Reinet bied aan Nataniel ConcertThursday, 28th October 2021
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Sculpture Workshop...Marina Walsh Sculpt a Loved-one in ClaySunday, 5th December 2021 to Friday, 10th December 2021
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