Camdeboo National Park almost completely surrounds the Eastern Cape town of Graaff-Reinet.
Much of this 14,500 ha park is between 740 and 1480 metres above sea level at the foothills of the Sneeuberg mountain range. The Nqweba Dam covers and area of 1000 hectares. The Valley of Desolation has fantastic examples of dolerite pillars where erosion of the softer sedimentary beds has left pillars rising to heights of 90 to 120 meters.
SANParks™ vision is to link Camdeboo National Park with the Mountain Zebra National Park to create a unique African Karoo wildlife experience and protecting a huge diversity of plant and animal species, including the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra.
Evidence of occupation by by early, middle and later stone age people can be found in the form of artefacts including bored stones, hand axes, scrapers, blades and grinding stones.
South African National Parks does not provide accommodation. We recommend a day trip to the park (click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™ website). Eastern Cape province
Buffalo City (a new municipality incorporating Bhisho, East London and King William’s Town), Cradock, Graaff-Reinet, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Queenstown, Mthatha (Umtata)
Addo Elephant National Park;
Mountain Zebra National Park;
Tsitsikamma National Park
Khoisan hunters and herders left evidence of their occupation during the late stone age in the form of rock paintings in the eastern sector of the park.
The Inqua tribe occupied the area during the 1600s, grazing vast herds of cattle and fat-tailed sheep.
White farmers settled on the plains and in 1770, introducing merino sheep and angora goats.
Until the park was first proclaimed as a reserve in 1979, it was used as a town commonage with tenants grazing their livestock and contributing to overgrazing and erosion in some areas.

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