Camdeboo National Park, bordering the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, today celebrated ten years under the management of South African National Parks (SANParks).
Park staff gathered at its lapa this afternoon to celebrate the momentous occasion with local stakeholders from the municipality, business, members from the tourism industry and other partners. Balloons, birthday cake, a good old South African potjiekos lunch and a short stroll down memory lane of the park’s history and what led up to its proclamation were the order of the day.
The 19 405ha Park is best known for being home of the world-renowned Valley of Desolation. Proclaimed a scenic national monument in 1939, the Valley is a popular drawcard for hikers, photographers and nature lovers alike. The original road leading up to the valley was constructed by labourers using picks, shovels and barrows. It was tarred in 1978, offering visitors easier access to a number of spectacular viewpoints along the way, culminating in a short walk to the Valley itself. Here, visitors can enjoy what is also known as the Cathedral of Mountains – piled dolerite columns set against the backdrop of the plains of the Great Karoo. The landscape is said to be the product of erosive and volcanic forces of nature over a period of more than 100 million years.
It is also along the valley road from where
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