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Had I had more time, and been disinclined to hike, or been worn out by lounging in the shade of the trees and star-gazing at night, a variety of alternative activities in the area would have been available to me:

The hamlet of Nieu-Bethesda, famous for Helen Martin's Owl House, has an eclectic mix of attractions including an ever-changing array of eateries, and crafters.

The town Graaff-Reinet, with 400 historical sights, has more to offer than charming architecture and museums. Restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, antique dealers, an amazing cactus garden, as well as the usual chain-stores will keep a visitor well fed and entertained.
The Camdeboo National Park, which includes the Valley of Desolation with it's spectacular views, is home to a large herd of Buffalo, Mountain Zebra, Gemsbuck, Kudu, and Eland, as well as ostriches and Secretary birds among others, is a great place for a picnic or a typical South African braai.

The Mountain Zebra Park near Cradock is just over an hour away, and is well worth a day-drive.

The Addo Elephant Park, Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route are other destinations slightly further afield.

Relax in one of the well appointed suites...

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