Easter is upon us. Sure, you could stay at home and do that ‘Great Big Easter Egg Hunt’ you do every year in your backyard, you could also braai with friends and family (which you do most weekends anyway), catch up on your favourite Netflix series, or get those small things done around the house you’ve had no time to get to.
Every year around Easter, hundreds of visitors round up their kids and go on a road trip along Route 62 to one of the best, oldest holiday towns in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet. Originally established in 1876, Graaff Reinet, in the Karoo, is steeped in history. Not only do stories of the South African Anglo-Boer war carry a particular resonance here, but the surrounding Karoo landscape is a treasure trove of human and dinosaur fossils. But that’s not all this old town has to offer – here are a few of the top things to do with your family in the beautiful Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet.
Take a hike in the Camdeboo National Park
If it’s your mission to tear your kids away from that dreaded computer game that seems to steal them for hours, then pack a delicious lunch, gather the troops and head for an adventurous hike to the top of the Camdeboo National Park. Home to over 215 bird species, 335 types of plants and over 42 mammal species, the Camdeboo National Park is also the old home of the Bushmen where many drawings are still found in caves and on rock cliffs, for all to see. With so much wildlife happily living in their natural habitat, one of the most exciting things about hiking in the Camdeboo National Park is that you never know what you will see. Just keep your camera near you at all times.
Visit the Valley of Desolation
With about 100 000 people visiting the Karoo each year, the Valley of Desolation is the foremost tourist attraction in the region. As a geological phenomenon, this tourist hotspot is a product of the erosive and volcanic forces of nature over a period of billions of years. Fossils of some of the earliest forms have been discovered here, showing that life existed in this region for three billion years. This is one educational outing that will go down in family history so be sure to take many pictures.
Enjoy adventure and fun on the Nqweba Dam
There is no family that does not enjoy spending the day on a dam in a boat with few water toys to make the day even better. Most kids love water and adventure, and what better way to get the kids away from technology than a morning or afternoon of rafting, kayaking or tubing on the Nqweba Dam. Should you be up for some land adventure, then sign up for a family horseback riding tour or a family quad biking tour. Promising your family a chance to escape the world, this gorgeous Karoo town offers entertainment and adventure for everyone of every age.
Your kids will be entertained every day; in fact, a weekend will hardly be enough time to see and do everything!