Valley of Desolation, Eastern Cape

A short drive from Graaff-Reinet, the Valley of Desolation is a spectacular sight. Precariously balanced columns of dolerite rise from the valley floor, against the timeless backdrop of the vast plains of Camdeboo National Park.

Any visitor to the park will be surprised to discover the diversity of fauna and flora. There are over 220 species of birdlife, 336 plants and 43 mammals, including the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra and the Kori Bustard, the heaviest flying bird in the world.

Valley of Desolation

Activities in Camdeboo include game viewing and birding, 19km of gravel roadways provide the opportunity to view a range of indigenous species; various trails and walks; six picnic areas with braai and ablution facilities; and Nqweba Dam provides a base for a variety of water activities, including boating, canoeing, fishing and windsurfing.

Accommodation in the park can also be found at Nqweba Dam. Lodging ranges from rustic furnished tents for two people to caravan and camping sites with a braai unit and power point.

  • Location: Valley of Desolation, Camdeboo National Park, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

  • Tel: +27 49 892 3453

To find out more about the Valley of Desolation and Camdeboo National Park, visit the SAN Parks website.

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