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 Park’s 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 - 20:30Accommodation in Camdeboo National Park
- 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, toiletsGeneral 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.
Facilities & Services:
Camdeboo National Park Activities: 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.
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Camdeboo National Park Guest Review
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 1
Lakeview Tented Camp is an excellent place. Everything is spotlessly clean, the kitchen box well equipped for self catering and the staff is very friendly. We did Eerstefontain Hike. We were accompanied by field rangers who want to improve the signs for the track.
Rating: Reviewed by Wolfgang Hoffmann over a year ago