On our way back into town from the Gideon Scheepers Monument we drove past an old cemetery and wanted to visit. We have visited a few other cemeteries in the Eastern Cape and most are in very bad shape due to vandalism and neglect. This cemetery was locked with a notice on the gate with 4 places where the key could be found (including the tourism office). I think it is a very good solution because a) the cemetery is protected and b) visitors can still access the cemetery.
We fetched the key at the tourism office and went back to the cemetery. The cemetery was in a better condition than others we have visited but the grass and weeds were growing everywhere.
We started to walk around in Block A with the oldest graves and then through the rest. (I had an unfortunate encounter with a thorn bush and ended with my right shoe and sock full of small thorns. A few days later I was still finding some of them in the shoes)
We walked around for about 40 minutes in the cemetery taking pictures of interesting headstones and the beautiful mountains that surrounds the town. When we left as about 13:15 we were warm and hungry. We headed to the Coldstream Restaurant for lunch.
Address: 13A Church Street, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
Tel No: +27 49 892 4248
Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 12:00
Sunday & Public Holidays : Closed
Address: Cradock Street, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
Visiting Hours: Keys are held at the Tourism OfficeSee above for address and opening hours