Comfortable beds and hard rocks – Camdeboo National Park

Graaff Reinet and Camdeboo National Park are really one and the same with the park literally surrounding this historic village.

Valle of Desolate Beauty

Valley of Desolation

I was sponsored a few nights of luxury by my Dad as an early birthday gift at a rather comfy and historic guesthouse, The Andries Stockenström Guest House, and after a month of sleeping in a tent, a large comfortable bed proved to be a highlight of the weekend, as was the food prepared by owner and chef Gordon.

So i didn’t take my camera out to often and was rather slack about town.

Valley of Desolation

Valley of Desolation

I did however take the time to visit the magnificent Valley of Desolation. Truly a startling piece of geology. Visually spectacular, rising up from the flat Karoo plains reminding oneself how we are just a speck on the timeline of this planet. You would be foolish to pass through without stopping at this awe-inspiring place, even for an hour on your journey.

Karooscape

Karooscape

I also thought it would be a good time to test out the new cabs 4×4 capability by doing the Kudu’s Kloof trail, which was a fun albeit bumpy ride. It wasn’t massively challenging but had some tricky sections and would recommend it to anyone who has the capability. The view from the top is sublime.

Karooscape

Karooscape

On my day of departure i headed into another section of the park, “the wildlife viewing area” and took a leisurely Sunday drive around. Home to mainly Kudu, Springbok, Black Wildebeest and Ostrich its well worth a drive for the scenery and the small herds of game.

All in all a relaxing weekend with some spectacular geological scenery and a comfortable bed. Hard to beat.

Andries Stockenström Guest House

www.asghouse.co.za

Tel: (+27) (0)49 8924575
Email: info@asghouse.co.za
Address: 100 Cradock Street, Graaff Reinet
GPS: Latitude: -32.243646 / Longitude: 24.52857

Camdeboo National Park

Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo, not to mention awesome scenic beauty.

www.sanparks.co.za

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