Graaff Reinet travel guide

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Founded in 1786, Graaff-Reinet is the oldest town in the Eastern Cape Province. Recognized for its Karoo architectural heritage, it is a historical farming village known for its Merino sheep, Angora goats, and ostriches.

Graaff-Reinet is bordered by the Sundays River and encircled by the Camdeboo National Park. Formed millions of years ago, the park is known for its springboks, red hartebeests, buffalos, bat-eared foxes, and Cape mountain zebras populations.

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When to Visit Graaff Reinet

The best time to visit is in fall, April to May, or in spring, September to October.

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Where to Stay in Graaff Reinet

The Drostdy Hotel features upscale accommodations in 19th-century cottages. Facilities include a spa, an art gallery, three swimming pools, and top-notch restaurants. The Karoopark Guest House is set on a historic plantation with guest houses on the grounds.

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The Cost of Living in Graaff Reinet

Shopping Streets

The area around Church Square in downtown Graaff-Reinet has a variety of shops selling local artifacts, clothing, and wine.

Groceries and Other

Shoprite Checkers, Spar, and Pick N Pay are three chain supermarkets in downtown Graaff-Reinet that carry all essentials, as well as take out items. The town is relatively affordable. A quart of milk is R7.

Where to Eat in Graaff Reinet

Polka Cafe serves South African-inspired nouvelle cuisine with specialties such as Karoo lamb and bobotie, a curry with a baked egg crust. Entrees average R75 to R130. Veld to Fork features farm-to-table fare. Specialties include mixed grill dishes and barbecued springbok kebabs. Dinner averages R300.