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Graaff-Reinet, South Africa and scenic Valley of Desolation

The Valley of Desolation is a popular place to watch the sunset but we had thunderstorms for our visit; the geologic formations were still impressive

The Valley of Desolation is a popular place to watch the sunset but we had thunderstorms for our visit; the geologic formations were still impressive

The white part of town is on the left with wide streets and good schools; the black section is in the center with unpaved roads and poor public schools

The white part of town is on the left with wide streets and good schools; the black section is in the center with unpaved roads and poor public schools

The Dutch Reformed Church has seating to accommodate 1,500 people but was closed during our visit; it was influenced by the architecture of Salisbury Cathedral in England

The Dutch Reformed Church has seating to accommodate 1,500 people but was closed during our visit; it was influenced by the architecture of Salisbury Cathedral in England

We stayed in what was originally housing for slaves; Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa and is home to more national monuments than any other city in the country

We stayed in what was originally housing for slaves; Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa and is home to more national monuments than any other city in the country

Our lodging in Graaff-Reinet was one of my favorites; we had 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom; it was a historic place, beautifully restored to retain character

Our lodging in Graaff-Reinet was one of my favorites; we had 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom; it was a historic place, beautifully restored to retain character

Graaff-Reinet is known for being a flourishing market for agricultural produce, noted for its mohair industry, and sheep and ostrich farming

Graaff-Reinet is known for being a flourishing market for agricultural produce, noted for its mohair industry, and sheep and ostrich farming

Coke Zero is very popular here so I have an ample supply; this area is the main citrus growing region of South Africa and we drove past mile after mile of orchards

Coke Zero is very popular here so I have an ample supply; this area is the main citrus growing region of South Africa and we drove past mile after mile of orchards

The Valley of Desolation is a mecca for hikers and I wish we had had time for a hike; it reminded me of Bryce Canyon in Utah with its distinctive stone formations

The Valley of Desolation is a mecca for hikers and I wish we had had time for a hike; it reminded me of Bryce Canyon in Utah with its distinctive stone formations

The Valley of Desolation is only 14 kms from Graaff-Reinet; sheer cliffs and precariously balanced columns of dolerite rise 120 m from the valley floor, against the timeless backdrop of the vast plains of the Camdeboo

The Valley of Desolation is only 14 kms from Graaff-Reinet; sheer cliffs and precariously balanced columns of dolerite rise 120 m from the valley floor, against the timeless backdrop of the vast plains of the Camdeboo

The Valley of Desolation was declared a national monument in 1939 and, with its staggering columns, is sometimes also referred to as the cathedral of the mountains

The Valley of Desolation was declared a national monument in 1939 and, with its staggering columns, is sometimes also referred to as the cathedral of the mountains

Nice three bedroom houses here sell for about $100,000; there are plenty on the market but I'd be nervous buying somewhere that may totally run out of water (they are in a prolonged drought)

Nice three bedroom houses here sell for about $100,000; there are plenty on the market but I'd be nervous buying somewhere that may totally run out of water (they are in a prolonged drought)

Posted by VagabondCowboy 03:56

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