Flowers & Trees in Graaff Reinet

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The streets in Graaff Reinet are lined with trees and the gardens are beautiful – a startling contrast to the surrounding austerity of the Karoo. A description of the town in 1889 says: ‘…By bringing into it the waters of a small … Continued

Wanderings in Graaff Reinet

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In the mornings and evenings I wandered through the streets of Graaff Reinet – it was quiet and I loved the white walls of the houses, and the dark green doors and shutters. We stayed in one of the listed buildings, Mossievale, no.7 … Continued

Historic Buildings in Graaff Reinet

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There are three buildings of which Graaff Reinet is particularly proud: The Drostdy, The Town Hall, and the Dutch Reformed Church.  Just remember the town has over 200 historic buildings! The Drostdy Hotel was designed by Louis Michel Thibault and built 1804-06. … Continued

The Art Museum, Graaff Reinet

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The Hester Rupert Art Museum (1821) is a beautiful building on the main road in Graaff Reinet, with some wonderful works of art. Do not miss this museum if you are in the town. Dr Anton Rupert (1916-2006), an extraordinary man, was born in … Continued

The Old Residency, Graaff Reinet

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The land on which The Old Residency stands was first bought by Willem Janssens in 1801 and the house was built in 1819 by Johannes Gerber. The house changed hands several times and was eventually bought by the Rubidge family in 1855. It … Continued

Urquhart House, Graaff Reinet

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Urquhart House was built sometime between 1806-21 on land belonging to Johan Hendrik Greyling in the Cape Dutch style, with a prominent anchor and stars on the front gable. Incredibly, the reason for these decorations is unknown. The building became the … Continued

Reinet House, Graaff Reinet

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On our first day in Graaff Reinet we launched ourselves into The Graaff Reinet Museum which is housed in four historic buildings: Reinet House, Urquhart House, The Old Library, and The Old Residency. Reinet House, built in 1812 on an H-plan, … Continued

Graaff Reinet in the Karoo

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Graaff Reinet is named after Cornelis van de Graaff, the then-Governor of the Cape Colony, and his wife whose maiden name was ‘Reinet’. It was founded in 1786 and is the fourth oldest town in South Africa (after Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Swellendam). … Continued

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