Valley of Desolation

Welcome to a photo essay- with a little writing just for info.

The sheer cliff face draws me in. As I stand on the edge there is an overpowering pull to look over the edge.  I feel slightly queasy and pull back quickly. It’s a long way down- 120 meters to be exact. I feel grounded safely on the walkway looking out over the plains of Camdeboo. If you are a romantic and love the wide open spaces that Africa can still offer- then this place is your heaven.


The Valley of Desolation is a premier tourist destination located in the 19,500 hectare Camdeboo National Park near the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape. The sheer cliff face and dolerite columns are a geological phenomenon caused by volcanic and erosive forces of nature over 100 million years.

The Valley of Desolation was declared a Scenic National Monument in 1935, and is a mecca for hikers, photographers, and nature lovers. There is a tarred road to the top offering easy access to a number of viewpoints. There are also plenty of hiking trails for the adventurous so if you have time spend the day there. If you do then look out for the majestic soaring black eagles that nest hear but have a home range of thousands of kms- if you are lucky they may be near their nest.

Here’s the promised gallery


4 Comments on “Valley of Desolation

  1. glad you got to see it eventually bug and you got the most incredible dawn photos there… I agree lets go there together… there’s some really special stuff in that area…..

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