The Obesa Nursery in Graaff Reinet

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Hidden away behind the main street is one of the most amazing plant nurseries I have ever seen! The Obesa Nursery is Johan Bouwer – an extraordinary man in the real sense of the word. And here I was, in photography … Continued

The Valley of Desolation

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If you visit Graaff Reinet you absolutely must drive up to the lookout points over the Valley of Desolation at the end of the day. This is another section of the Camdebo National Park and from the lookout point you … Continued

Museums in Graaff Reinet

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The museums in Graaff Reinet are in significant Cape Dutch buildings and so I urge you to spend time exploring them and understanding the town’s history. There are several museums: Reinet House, Urquhart House (including the Military Museum), the Old … Continued

Houses in Graaff Reinet

Last year I wandered the streets of Graaff Reinet picturing the houses – do visit the site, but here is a small reminder because this year I did exactly the same. I just walked and photographed, enjoying the quiet and … Continued

Walking in the Camdebo National Park

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I had serious lower back problems as a result of long days in the car and hours on bumpy dirt roads. A wonderfully skilled physiotherapist in Graaff Reinet helped me, but walking was essential in addition to the exercices. Going for … Continued

Graaff Reinet flowers

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We had stayed in Graaff Reinet the previous year when I posted on some of the historic houses so this time we visited family, walked in the Camdebo National Park, visited an art exhibition (!), and found the most extraordinary cactus … Continued

Driving from Beaufort West to Graaff Reinet

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We left, sadly, the Karoo National Park and set off on what became an interesting drive to Graaff Reinet on the N1 and R63, 256 kms. But before leaving I watched the zebra party, first seen the previous evening, make its way … Continued

Travelling from Matjiesfontein to the Karoo National Park

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The weatherman forecast another hot day and so we set off early from Matjiesfontein to drive to the Karoo National Park via Beaufort West, 240 kms. I could hardly believe this was only our 6th day in South Africa!

Tulbagh to Matjiesfontein via the backroads

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The days in Tulbagh had been magical – the weather was hot, the skies were clear, the scenery was magnificent – but we had an itinerary to follow, and so we set off early in the morning to drive the … Continued

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