The Camdeboo National Park stretches across 19 405 hectares and literally surrounds the Eastern Cape town of Graaff-Reinet. The park's Nqweba Dam, when full, covers a substantial part of the park. The valley is barren, characterized by its huge dolerite pillars, some of which are 120 meters high. This region, known as the "Valley Of Desolation", is the most popular attraction in the national park. Some people refer to the Valley of Desolation as the 'Cathedral of the Mountains', as it provides a spiritual experience for many visitors who are moved by the eerie silence and the uniquely stark beauty of the place, providing them with a deep awareness of the amazing environment.
Camdeboo National Park offers a number of different walking trails, ranging from walks that last an hour to extended hikes where overnight camping is required. There is also a picnic site for those who simply want to revel in wonder at the strange and magnificent rock formations. There are 43 mammal species found in this park. Visitors stand a good chance of seeing steenbok, black wildebeest and blesbok when driving in the more open areas. Animals that enjoy the thickets include the kudu and grey duiker. The Cape buffalo is not seen that often, but red hartebeest and gemsbok are frequently spotted. The Cape mountain zebra will sometimes be seen, but it is mostly found in the mountainous parts of the reserve.