Valley Of Desolation

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The Valley of Desolation is a premier tourist destination located in the 19,500 hectare Camdeboo National Park near the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape. The sheer cliff face is a geological phenomenon caused by volcanic and erosive forces of nature over 100 million years, rising nearly 120m from the valley floor.

The Valley of Desolation was declared a Scenic National Monument in 1935, and is a mecca for hikers, photographers, and nature lovers. The road to the top of the valley was tarred in 1978, offering visitors easy access to a number of viewpoints. There are plenty of hiking trails for the adventurous.


  • Game viewing
  • Birding
  • Hiking trails
  • 4x4 trails
  • Watersports



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