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Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo, not to mention awesome scenic beauty. Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world.

A unique feature of the 14 500-hectare park is its location, practically surrounding the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.

The greater portion of the Camdeboo National Park is situated between 740 and 1480 metres above sea level on the foothills of the Sneeuberg range, while a small section of the low lying-plains is included. The Nqweba Dam lies within the park and covers about 1000 hectares when full.

At some places, dolerites form jointed pillars and the best examples of which are found in the Valley of Desolation where erosion of the softer sedimentary beds has left dolerite pillars which rise to heights of 90 to 120 metres.

Camdeboo National Parks major tourism draw card is the scenic Valley of Desolation, a national monument, while its Game Viewing Area is home to buffalo and antelope such as eland, gemsbok, red hartebeest, springbok and blesbok.

Gate entrance and closing times
Jan - Feb / 06:00 - 20:00
Mar / 06:00 - 19:30
Apr / 06:30 - 19:00
May / 07:00 - 18:30
June / 07:00 - 18:00
July - Aug / 07:00 - 18:30
Sept / 06:30 - 19:00
Oct / 06:00 - 19:30
Nov / 06:00 - 20:00
Dec / 06:00 - 20:30

Accommodation in Camdeboo National Park
Nqweba Campsite
- 15 caravan/tent sites (i.e. all one size, big enough for caravans)
- all sites have power supply and braai unit
- communal ablutions with showers & toilets, including access for mobility challenged visitors
- communal kitchen with stove plates, deep freeze, microwave, kettle, toaster and wash basin
- maximum 6 people per site
- some shade from Acacia trees (running donation campaign to get funds for planting Karee trees)

Lakeview Tented Camp
- 4 tented suites that can be booked individually
- each tent has two single beds with bedding and towels supplied, 2 camp chairs and a table, braai unit, communal kitchen with electrical stove plates, microwave, kettle, toaster, wash basin.
- all cooking & eating utensils are provided.
- communal ablutions with shower, toilets

General amenities:
Facilities such as fuel stations, ATMs, banks, shops and restaurants are available in the nearby town of Graaff-Reinet.

Accommodation in Graaff Reinet
Camdeboo National Park encircles the town of Graaff Reinet which has many accommodation options.


Valley of Desolation
The Valley of Desolation was declared as a National Monument of geological and scenic significance.

The road to the top of the valley provides tourists with easy access to the viewpoints with their panoramic views of the landscape.

To the north, the highest peak in the Sneeuberg mountain range Compassberg (2504 m) - is prominent, while on a clear day, the southern horizon stretches as far as the distant Cockscomb Mountains. To the east lies the 'Driekoppie' (in the park) and the Nardausberg (beyond the park boundaries), both of which are often covered in snow during winter.

The Plains of Camdeboo lie spread out south of the Sneeuberg from Pearston to Murraysburg. The viewpoints at the valley itself provide a breathtaking view of piled dolerites columns against the backdrop of the plain of the Great Karoo and a timeless sense of wonder.

Visitors may learn more about the reserve through information displays at parking areas or viewpoints.

Game Viewing
Presently, approximately 19 km of gravel roadways provide visitors with the opportunity to view the entire range of indigenous species in their preferred habitats.

Impunzi picnic area has four sites suitable for family outings. Each site is provided with a 'braai' stand, picnic table and refuse drum. Water is available and the picnic area is provided with a 'long drop' toilet.

Trails and walks
The Crag Lizard Trail (45 minutes) starts at the Valley parking area and extends for about 1.5 km via the Valley viewpoints. It is marked with the Crag Lizard logo.

The Eerstefontein Day Walk starts and ends at the Spandaukop gate. There are three route options of 5; 11 and 14 km with good rest spots at Eerstefontein and Agtersfontein.

Rooms and Units Available:

Lakeview Tent (CTT2)

Lakeview Tent (CTT2): 2 single beds, Bedding and Towels Supplied, Braai area, Communal ablutions, Communal fully equipped kitchen, Communal kitchen with electricity supply, No smoking, Table & 2 chairs.

Amount of similar units: 4
Sleeps 2 Adults

Nqweba Camp Site (CK6P)

Nqweba Camp Site (CK6P): Braai area, Communal ablutions, Communal Kitchen, Extra vehicles are charged a fee per night, PowerPoint.

Amount of similar units: 15
Sleeps 6 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

- No cancellation fee will be incurred for cancellations made after payment of first deposit up to and including 46 days prior to arrival.
- Cancellation fees equal to 50% of the total reservation cost is payable in a case of cancellation made between 45 days and 30 days prior to arrival.
- Cancellation fee equal to 100% of the total reservation cost is payable in a case of a cancellation made between 29 days prior to and date of arrival
- 100% of the total cost for any non-arrival/no-shows

Reservation made within 45 days prior to arrival is payable within 24 hours from the day reservation is made.

- Conservation levy is always excluded from the booking amount and needs to be settled on arrival.

Terms and Conditions

It is your responsibility to check if the reservation is correct. Should the reservation be incorrect, please contact our office immediately.

If the arrival date of the itinerary is postponed prior to or on date of arrival and then cancelled at a later stage, the fees that applied at the time of amendment will be enforced if the amount is greater than the new cancellation fees.

Cancelling or downgrading of a reservation 45 days prior to or on arrival will result in cancellation fees according to a sliding scale (based on the total reservation cost) which varies between 50% and 100%.

Should the reservation not be taken up on the arrival date the accommodation will be held until 09:00 the following day after which the reservation will be cancelled and the deposit, where applicable, forfeited.

Latest Reviews

We really enjoyed our stay. The rooms were neat ant clean. The only downfall was the monkeys. They were a great nuisance. You have to lock your tent when you go to the bathroom or kitchen. Otherwise friendly staff.

Sonja Nel Aug 2022


When entering Graaff-Reinet, you will enter on College Road. College Road becomes Church Street. The Old Dutch Reformed Church is dead centre of this road and vehicles can only turn left around the church and will come to a stop street.
Turn left at the stop street into Caledon Street and proceed down the street.
At the four-way stop, turn right into the road towards Murraysburg. Keep going onto the road to the Valley of Desolation.
The entrance to the park is 8km from Graaff-Reinet on the Murraysburg road.

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