Graaff-Reinet, 150 km away on the banks of the Sunday River, was originally a trading post from the Cape Colony. Andries Pretorius, the Great Trek leader, farmed nearby and it was here that the first independent ‘Colonies’ government was proclaimed. During the second Boer War, Graaff-Reinet was the centre of British military operations for the Eastern Cape. It is an attractive town with interesting architecture, an art gallery and a museum. Nearby is the Camdeboo National Park with incredible dolerite pillars in the Valley of Desolation.
Mount Zebra National Park near Cradock is a nature reserve for the endangered cape mountain zebra, cheetah and cape buffalo.