Graaff-Reinet Panorama

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.

Graaff Reinet

Iga Motylska, Graaff-Reinet panorama


Iga Motylska

Iga Motylska is a Johannesburg-based freelance writer, photojournalist, sub-editor and blogger. She is published in numerous local and international publications, including: Forbes Africa, Forbes Woman Africa, Forbes Life Africa, CNBC Africa, Ventures Africa, Marie Claire, Sawubona, AA Traveller, Fastjet inflight magazine and Seoul Magazine among numerous others. Her editorial interests range from documenting the entrepreneurial spirit to women's and human rights issues, environmental affairs and of course travel writing.


  1. Definetely the gem of the Karoo. Graaff-Reinet#, brearthtaking. The panoramic view of the town makes visitors say ‘wow’! one of da best 3 s.a towns

  2. Beautiful shot – nice combination of wilderness and city.

    thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you Bill! Yes, Graaff-Reinet is situated in the semi-desert region of the Karoo. It’s the only town for quite a number of kilometres. The location from where the photos were taken was also quite breathtaking and very peaceful.

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