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The Gem of the Karoo

We fell in love on Valentine’s Day, with a town called Graaff-Reinet.

The Boyfriend surprised me with a Valentine’s Day road trip to this picturesque little town, very aptly nicknamed ‘The Gem of the Karoo’, on Sunday. We headed straight to Karoo Sjiek for a hearty breakfast and spent the rest of the morning strolling through town, which is home to some of the most beautiful examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian and Karoo architecture. The town is virtually surrounded by a nature reserve, Cambedoo National Park, which makes for a very beautiful drive in and out of town. SO MUCH OF PRETTY.

It being Sunday, in the Karoo, most of the places worth visiting were closed but luckily we stumbled upon two of Graaff Reinet’s five museums, Reinet House and the Old Residency, both of which painted a very detailed and colourful picture of the town. The latter hosts an astonishing collection of photography paraphernalia which is a must-see for anyone even vaguely interested in photography. Hauntingly beautiful photographs from the 1800’s are displayed in frames on the walls, and also in original, elaborately decorated photo albums. Reinet House is a beautiful old house decked out in yellowwood, quirky period furniture and a neverending collection of vintage household items. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take photos inside the museums – not that photos would have done it justice anyway. On the whole, Graaff-Reinet is virtually a living museum, with more national monuments than any other town in South Africa!

Needless to say, we’ll be back for more!

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K bye.

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