DAY 3: Mountain Zebra to Camdeboo National Park
DISTANCE 220km ALLOW 5 hours After breakfast, head towards Graaff-Reinet on the R61. Once you hit the N9, turn right and immediately left on the 28km dirt pass that goes to Nieu Bethesda (signage is very clear). Check out the famous Owl House (5) and grab Karoo tapas at The Karoo Lamb (6). Leave the village, taking the faster 24km tarred road out to the N9, and drive to Graaff-Reinet. Once in town, you can explore the various museums or antiques stores, followed by good coffee and milk tart at Polka (7). If you have time to kill, do the game-viewing loop in Camdeboo National Park (entrance gate 4km out of town on the N9) before doubling back to the Valley of Desolation (8) for sunset – 5km out of town on the R63. The park’s Lakeview Tented Camp (9) is a great budget option to spend the night, or splurge at Samara (10).
VALLEY OF DESOLATION