Valley of Desolation

In October 2008 we were in Graaff-Reinet for my cousins wedding.  Before returning home on Sunday we decided to drive to the Valley of Desolation (Vallei van Verlatenheid). We went to a viewpoint and saw the amazing columns and beautiful Camdeboo plains. 
Vallei van Verlatenheid
Vallei van Verlatenheid
The Valley of Desolation was declared a National Heritage Site in 1939.  It is about 14km outside of Graaff-Reinet in the Camdeboo National Park.  The piled dolerite columns are the product of volcanic and erosive forces of nature over 100 million years.   
Vallei van Verlatenheid
Vallei van Verlatenheid
The Camdeboo National Park also has other activities but we did not have enough time.  We will return one day to view game and birds and walk some more trails with views of the Valley.
Vallei van Verlatenheid


  1. I love going to the Valley of Desolation at sunset. It makes for the most amazing photos


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