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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  • It is difficult to describe how fantastic this place is. You can see for miles across open plains. The mountain ranges are sculpted & an array of colours. It is wonderfully quiet & majestic. It takes ...  more »
  • For nature lovers who like to take the time to admire it and are fans of "slow" tourism, this circuit, which starts 15 km from Graaf-Reinett, in Eastern Cape, will make them happy. Spending a day there is worth a visit. Beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding area. Beautiful columns of stacked dolerite overlooking the Great Karoo. Take advantage of the ticket to the reserve to take a tour of this desert and then return to the views of the Valley to watch the sunset.
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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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