Valley of Desolation

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Place Category: Activities, Lodgings, Nature Reserve, and Place of InterestPlace Tags: family outing, hiking, and picnic spot

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  • Sheer cliffs and precariously balanced columns of Dolerite rise 120 metres from the valley floor, against the timeless backdrop of the vast plains of the Camdeboo. This is the product of volcanic and erosive forces of nature over 100 million years.

    This breathtaking site is a short 14 km drive from the town. Any visitor to the Camdeboo National Park will be surprised to discover the diversity of fauna and flora. There are over 220 recorded species of birdlife, 336 plants and 43 mammals. Catch a glimpse of the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra, plenty of Kudu, Buffalo, the majestic Black Eagle and the Kori Bustard, the heaviest flying bird in the world.

    You have a choice of scenic picnic sites in the Park, and for those a little more energetic, there are three hiking trails which range from 1 hour in duration to overnight hikes – be sure to bring your camera!

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