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Easter Getaway: The Drostdy Hotel In Graaff-Reinet A Hidden Gem

The perfect halfway stop between Johannesburg and Cape Town, or a gorgeous escape in the heart of the Karoo, The Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet brings a touch of Cape Winelands to this Eastern Cape town.


  • Hang out at the pool, enjoy a leisurely lunch, or indulge in some pampering at the Africology spa – The Drostdy Hotel has it all.
  • Explore one of the many great eateries in town or visit the renowned Valley of Desolation for the most remarkable panoramic views.
  • While in the area, why not take a short drive to the infamous Owl House and the village of Nieu Bethesda.
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The Sandton Times has searched ‘hot and cold’ ahead of the Easter break and explored some of the most desired eateries and getaways, to get a first-hand experience of what guests can expect when planning their April holiday. With some of the best spots in South Africa, there is no doubt Easter holiday travelers are in for an absolute treat.


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Fine dining or casual luncheons under the grape vines, The Drostdy Hotel offers a tranquil environment to take in the warm Karoo weather. Image: The Sandton Times

Long road trips deserve a great stopover or two and the Great Karoo hasn’t always been known for its luxury accommodation – that is, until now. Nestled in the heart of South Africa, Graaff-Reinet has seen the country’s history unfold over decades, from early settlers to prospectors, royal visits and fierce battles, natural wonders, and home-cooked Karoo dishes. Taking pride and center on the town’s main road is The Drostdy Hotel, rich with its own history.


A blend of Cape Dutch, Victorian, and Karoo architecture, The Drostdy Hotel was established in 1786 as a government office and housed the local magistrate. Fast forward a few years, and the building converted to a hotel, and over the past decade was taken over by new owners and received a magical new look and feel, whilst remaining true to its history and surroundings.


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The gorgeous bathrooms at The Drostdy Hotel will make you want to linger for longer on holiday. Image: The Sandton Times

The Drostdy Hotel covers quite a precinct and has everything one can imagine from a premium wine shop to an exquisite spa, a library and boardroom, fine dining, three swimming pools, an art gallery, a variety of beautifully decorated rooms, and ample space outdoors.


It’s a stylish stopover for anyone who enjoys a road trip and explore some of South Africa’s hidden gems whilst not letting go of the finer things in life. From this Karoo oasis, there are a myriad of day trips and excursions awaiting avid explorers or for those who prefer to soak up the sun and just relax, there is plenty of that to be done too.


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Contemporary Karoo art and décor adorn the comfortable and luxurious rooms of The Drostdy Hotel. Image: The Sandton Times

Make it a proper road trip and stop in at Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve – 60km southeast of Graaff-Reinet and another wildlife treasure in the heart of the Karoo. This will provide a chance to experience amazing nature, a piece of South African Anglo-Boer war history, and a taste of Karoo hospitality, set in what was once a small town.


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With some beautiful art and architecture, The Drostdy Hotel offers visitors a slice of the Cape Winelands in the heart of the Greater Karoo. Image: The Sandton Times

For booking inquiries about Graaff-Reinet’s iconic Drostdy Hotel, visit their website.


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