Tag Archive: Graaff Reinet


The Karoo with its long dusty roads may seem quite barren and desolate and without life if you visit for the first time, but do not be fooled.  Here you will discover fossils and interesting plants, look closer and you might be surprised at what you see and hear.  Make return trips, in different seasons, and you will experience the Karoo like never before! Heading north or south Graaff Reinet is sort of the resting point and leg stretch for motorists.  It is the heartbeat of the Karoo with blue skies and wide open spaces yet it has a beauty and a charm of its own. Make that trip, even in the middle of the winter, when it is freezing cold and the water stops flowing in the waterpipes because of minus temperatures.  This is a time to dress up nice and warm, muffled against the cold with  beanies, scarves,… Read more >


Entering from the South you drive up the long main road of Graaf Reinet.  After greeting some friendly locals on your way you will find this historic church at the top end of …  well, Church Street!  The church is probably the most recognizable and photographed landmark in Graaff Reinet. The church which claims to be the third oldest congregation in the Eastern Cape was designed by James Bisset.  He (Bisset)  incorporated some features from the Salisbury Cathedral in England into this majestic design.  The stone for the church was obtained locally and the church, which can seat 1,250, has a steeple of 45, 72 metres.  It also boasts a chimney – rather an unusual feature for a church I would think! On the church list are some famous dominees (preachers).  Andrew Murray as well as Dr D F Malan, who later became Prime Minister of South Africa, were some… Read more >

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