The overcast sky didn’t discourage me as I drove towards Camdeboo National Park, which means ‘Green Valley’. Graaff-Reinet was peacefully cradled in the valley between the hills. It was still early and it hadn’t awoken yet. As the mist came over the hills’ shoulders, it playfully pirouetted downhill and gently nudged the town awake.
Graaff-Reinet proper is hugged by the Sunday’s river, which runs through the Eastern Cape for 250 kilometers. The Sunday’s River is also partly the reason for the town’s original circular shape. Urban growth has resulted in the new outer-lying parts of town, however Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa.