Explore The Charms Of Graaff-Reinet

This famously well-preserved Eastern Cape town that sits midway between Gauteng and Cape Town harkens back to a life lived slower, in tune with nature’s seasons. Come with us as we meander through the town’s history, as well as our owners’ recommendations for where to sip, shop and feast in Graaff-Reinet.

Known as the ‘Gem of the Karoo,’ Graaff-Reinet has a fascinating history rivalled only by the boundless vistas and scenic natural surroundings that frame the town. Protective dolerite pinnacles rise above the town’s rooftops to the southwest, while a river borders its edge, largely protecting it from industrial development.

The Camdeboo region encircles Graaff-Reinet from the south of the Sneeuberg mountains as far as Pearston and Murraysburg and boasts broad plains, distant koppies, mountain ranges and star-filled night skies. The richness of pre-dinosaur fossils in this region is world-renowned and the nearby Valley of Desolation, part of the Camdeboo National Park inspires awe in all that witness it.

Learn about the town’s sometimes central role in South Africa’s history from one of Graaff-Reinet’s many museums, delve into the rich heritage of the peoples that have called this place home for centuries, and soak in the culture during your stay in this quaint town. 

Whether guests choose to spend their time in Graaff-Reinet ambling down roads of yesteryear and popping into the ubiquitous coffee shops, artisan stores and town restaurants, or simply whiling away the afternoons in our expansive Langhuis garden with unimpeded views of Spandau Kop, Graaff-Reinet offers something to delight every discerning palate.

View our hand-picked recommendations in Graaff-Reinet below.