Valley of Desolation, Graaff-Reinet

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Created by the erosive and volcanic forces of nature, Valley of Desolation represents a geological marvel located inside a vast nature reserve. Declared a national monument, the valley attracts many hikers and photographers with its pristine beauty and diverse animal and plant life. A circular trail will take you to a vantage point offering a remarkable view of the seemingly endless African expanse. At the top, you can also observe the peculiar red columns rising some 120 m (393 ft) from the valley floor. Before you head to Graaff-Reinet, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Graaff-Reinet trip planner, to make sure you see all that Graaff-Reinet has to offer, including Valley of Desolation.
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  • We only had a short time to spend here but it was well worth the visit. The roads are beautifully tarred. We had not been informed that the area could be accessed through Graaff-Reinet as we went...  more »
  • The Valley of Desolation is inside the Camdeboo National Park and entrance is around R60 per person. A steep, narrow, winding (but well-maintained) tar road takes you to the view point, which is...  more »
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  • South Africa's great canyon. Take time to walk up to the top for the best view of great sky country. Sit down, breathe in the stillness and watch the birds fly over the rock formations. Pack your own picnic basket as there are good spots for picnic but no restaurant.
  • There's not a lot there, but that's the point. Beautiful geological phenomenon, take sundowners along. You won't be disappointed, we spotted a jackal on route in, little bonus
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