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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We spend only a short while there, but should have taken something for apicpic, really worth the visit. Sleep over in the Camdeboo camp site, it is very nice. more »
Graaff-Reinet had been suffering a terrible drought but when we went to the Valley of Desolation we were hit by a ferocious hailstorm as we climbed the steep road. When we got to the top the storm... more »
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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