Graaff Reinet Area Tourist Attractions

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    The first recorded church was in Church Street. Building of a church started in 1792 but was destroyed by fire in 1799 before it could be completed. A second church was completed in September 1800 on the site of the present Dutch...
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  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    This monument in memory of the Voortrekker leader was erected in 1943. The monument can be seen about 3 km from the town, at the Camdeboo National Park Offices on the N9 to Middelburg, the route to the north and into the...
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  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The present day Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bourke Street, between Somerset and Middle Streets, was consecrated on the 23rd April 1957 and the High Alter on the 24th April 1957. First class relics of St Pius X...
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  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    The twenty biblical scenes in the Dutch Reformed Church hall of Aberdeen were planned and lovingly created by mainly the senior citizens of the town. The scenes portray the history of God's Covenant with mankind. A group of five...
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  • More InfoUpdated: 8 months ago
    Assembly Church
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Sunday services at 8:30 and 10:00, with Kids Church during both services.
    • Community Services
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  • More InfoUpdated: June 2017
    Goldrush Group
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Goldrush of Graaff-Reinet is situated on the corner of Church and River Streets and provides a variety of electronic bingo terminals and an upmarket licenced 49-ers cafe and bar. The restaurant offers food and beverages daily...
    • Entertainment
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Named after Cornelis Jacob van de Graaf and his wife Cornelia Reynet, “de Wiljdgelegen Colonie van Graaff-Reinet" was established in 1786 and is one of several towns in South Africa named after Dutch governors. This was the...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    San and Khoi Memorial
    • Graaff-Reinet
    The San and Khoi Memorial which stands of a hill on the Aberdeen Road approach to the town dedicated to the Hottentots and Bushmen that lost their lives to conflicting interests with farmers between 1702 and 1809.
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  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    On the 26 June 1902 the foundation stone of the new Town Hall in Church Square named “The Victoria Hall” was laid but building operations only started in April 1910. The town hall was designed along Flemish Renaissance lines.
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    New products are continually being developed and can be seen at Annette Oelofse Mohair Shop in Graaff-Reinet, as well as at the Kruisaar Farm Stall in Willowmore. A new decor range is available as well as a range of fine...
    • Shopping / Interests
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Shopping
    • Curios / Arts / Crafts
  • More InfoUpdated: 8 months ago
    The Christmas Lights in Acacia Street in Kroonvale (Festive Season only) offer a memorable festive season for all. This local community decorates their homes, gardens and street with Christmas lights for all to enjoy. Come and...
    • Festivals & Markets
  • More InfoUpdated: 7 months ago
    Fly Karoo Air Services focuses mainly on scenic flights over the popular Karoo sites of Graaff-Reinet and the surrounding area. Charter flights to destinations like Port-Elizabeth and game lodges are also an integral part of the...
    • Flights & Charters
    • Tourist Transfers
    • Adventures
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  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Te Water House
    • Graaff-Reinet
    This is one of the many wing-type houses that existed in the centre of the town. H-shaped and probably dating from 1820 the gables have been clipped and the façade woodwork added in about 1870.
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    In 1875 The Graaff Reinet Club was established and in 1880 a new clubhouse was erected on Church Square. From 1900-1902 the officers of the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards, stationed at Graaff Reinet, made use of the club.
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  • More InfoUpdated: March 2016
    Valley of Desolation
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Sheer cliffs and precariously balanced columns of Dolerite rise 120 metres from the valley floor, against the timeless backdrop of the vast plains of the Camdeboo. This is the product of volcanic and erosive forces of nature over...
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  • More InfoUpdated: November 2017
    The Methodist Church
    • Graaff-Reinet
    In 1871 the foundation stone of the Trinity Church on the corner of Caledon and Bourke Streets was laid and on the 15 September 1875 the official opening of the church took place. In 1894 it was necessary to enlarge the building...
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  • More InfoUpdated: January 2018
    A visit to the Fossil Exploration Centre will be a journey back in time to a world with unfamiliar plants and animals. There are life-size models of prehistoric animals that roamed the area and illustrations of the landscape...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: January 2018
    The museum provides an overview of the military history of Graaff-Reinet from the 1800`s until 30 June 2007.
    • History
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The Story of Withond
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Graaff-Reinet grapes have a high sugar content and are thus ideal for the making of brandy. During the Great Depression and illicit trade in illegal distillation grew up in the town. Withond is still made at Reinet House for...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    Old Powder Magazine
    • Graaff-Reinet
    The old powder magazine stands alone on the hill to the north of Graaff Reinet.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: October 2017
    The building in which the John Rupert Theatre of Graaff-Reinet is located was formerly a Congregational Mission Church and the original pulpit can still be seen in the foyer.
    • Entertainment
  • More InfoUpdated: November 2017
    While limited privately sponsored library facilities were available in Graaff-Reinet from about 1818, it was not until 1847 that the citizens of the town established a public library, subscribing funds to build the central...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    M R Sobukwe, founder of the Pan African Congress was one of the towering pillars of black nationalism in South Africa. A gentle, humble, deeply religious man with a brilliant intellect, he could be described as one of the main...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Dedicated to Boer soldiers "in memory of the fallen in the struggle for Freedom and Justice".
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  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The Bethesda Arts Centre’s New Year’s Eve Festival of Lights and Lantern Parade is a truly inspiring community event run every year by the Bethesda Arts Centre. A powerful symbol of hope and beauty, the parade crosses...
    • Festivals & Markets
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    Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo, not to mention awesome scenic beauty. A unique feature of the 19 405-hectare park is its location, practically...
    • National Parks
  • More InfoUpdated: November 2017
    The large erf at the southern extremity of Market Square, on which Urquhart House stands today, was granted in freehold to Johan Hendrik Greyling on 1 January 1806, which places it amongst the earliest plots transferred into...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The Camdeboo and Graaff-Reinet area is home to a number of farms which are associated with major events in South African history. Come and visit the places where great figures lived.
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Krugersdorp Monument
    • Graaff-Reinet
    The scaled-down replica of the Paardekraal monument was erected south of the bridge over the Sundays River.
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  • More InfoUpdated: 10 months ago
    Karoolus Fees
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Our Annual Festival.
    • Festivals
    • Festivals & Markets
  • More InfoUpdated: January 2018
    Located in Church Street, Graaff-Reinet, is housed in the fifth oldest church building in South Africa. It was built and consecrated as a Dutch Reformed Mission Church in 1821, 35 years after the founding of the village of...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Aberdeen's cemetery is a true resting place. Well kept and shaded by Cypress trees, the area is a veritable walk through the history of the town. Looking at the many gravestones and memorials, one can see the periods of illness...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The original foundation stone for this building situated on the corner of Bourke and Middle Streets was laid on the 9th July 1913. After undergoing many transformations including being used as a cinema the building was...
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  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The Drostdy at Graaff-Reinet was established in response to petitions from the Boers of the region. On 6 February 1795 a gathering proclaimed the "Graaff-Reinet Colony"
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  • More InfoUpdated: 4 months ago
    Historic Anglo Boer War site where the pivotal "Battle of Paardefontein" was fought. It is here that the famous Boer Commander Johannes Lötter was finally captured. (The story is related on one of the game drives; further...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: July 2017
    The Military History Museum is the most recent addition to the Graaff-Reinet Museum Complex and was established in 2005.
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Die stook van Withond
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Oor die stook van withond (brandewyn) op Graaff-Reinet in vervloë dae word wyd bespiegel en geromantiseer. Oor min plaaslike aktiwiteite van weleer word soveel aannames gemaak. Dat dit ‘n betekenisvolle tydperk in die bestaan...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: October 2015
    Ganora Fossil Museum
    • Nieu-Bethesda
    The Ganora Fossil Museum in Nieu Bethesda was registered in 1998 and, although small, houses mainly the finds we have made on Ganora. The fossils we exhibit are on average about 280 million years old. That was in the time when...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The War Memorial
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Three months after the end of the first World War a public meeting was called by the Mayor, Mr. H Urquhart, at which it was decided to erect a monument, on the most prominent site in town, in honour of the gallant Graaff-Reinet...
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  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The oldest original church building in use is St James’ Church situated in Somerset Street. The original church consisting of the present nave was built and consecrated on the 29 October 1850. The chancel and sanctuary were...
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  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    During the Anglo-Boer War Gideon Scheepers formed his own commando, which operated in the Cape Midlands. He was captured by the British troops and charges of alleged war crimes were laid against him. At the court hearings in...
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  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Royal Block Masizahke
    • Graaff-Reinet
    The Royal Block was constructed during the early 20th century, quite possibly as housing for the labour force during the construction of the Van Ryneveld’s Pass Irrigation Dam in the 1920’s.
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The important role played by the Jewish "smous" in the sparsely populated interior of the Cape Colony is recognised in a simple monument erected alongside College Road.
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  • More InfoUpdated: November 2017
    The former Residency, situated diagonally opposite Reinet House at the end of Parsonage Street, and forming a unique architectural complex with it, is a well-preserved example of the early 19th Century Cape Dutch H-shaped house.
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: 10 months ago
    Jan Rupert Centre
    • Graaff-Reinet
    The Neo-Gothic building in Middle Street was originally a place of worship for the Mantatees, a refugee Sotho tribe that had fled south across the Orange River in the 1820’s. The Jan Rupert centre has at present on exhibition...
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  • More InfoUpdated: 4 months ago
    Fishing in the Camdeboo National Park
    • Fishing
    • Dam
  • More InfoUpdated: November 2017
    The Graaff-Reinet Museum or “Reinet House”, formerly a Dutch Reformed Church parsonage, was built at the expense of the Government in 1812 during the ministry of the Rev. Kicherer. It was the home of three ministers prior to...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: October 2015
    What is a drostdy? It is the office or residence of a landdrost, a Boer magistrate in a rural district of South Africa prior to the establishment of British administration. The Old Drostdy in Graaff-Reinet has undergone many...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Near the roadside between Aberdeen and Graaff-Reinet, in the middle of the veld, lies an old cast iron bedstead. This according to legend is the grave of a woman who took ill and died while the family were trekking by ox-wagon...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Graaffrikaans
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Visitors to our little dorp always ask me what the predominant language is, but here in Graaff-Reinet we have an efficient way of mixing our languages to give expression to emotion and sommer just because it sounds lekker.
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  • More InfoUpdated: January 2018
    Helen Martins lay ill in bed one night with the moon shining in through the window and considered how dull and grey her life had become. She resolved there and then, that she would strive to bring light and colour into her life....
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: January 2016
    In 1988 South Africa celebrated the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the French Huguenots in the country. To mark this occasion a small monument in the form of a pyramid was erected in Church Square, Graaff Reinet.
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  • More InfoUpdated: January 2014
    The fossil collection that was started by Dr. Sydney Rubidge is the pride and joy of Wellwood and is housed in a building on the farm. While the Karoo can boast many attractions, this is one that should not be missed.
    • Sightseeing

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