Your gateway to the stories and literary legends of the Karoo
History of Cradock

The charming Karoo town, Cradock, is flanked by the majestic Bankberg Mountains and the fast-flowing Fish River. It is a great base from which to explore the nearby Mountain Zebra National Park, where popular activities include  birding, cheetah tracking and game drives to view 3 of the Big 5, amongst other African wildlife.

Established in 1814, Cradock is a place of literary legends, war heroes and anti-Apartheid icons. However,  it is best known for street level, day-to-day warmth and kindness – so typical of much of the Eastern Cape. History enthusiasts can spend time discovering the historically rich surroundings.

What to do in Cradock

Cradock is perfect for adventure and adrenalin junkies to enjoy land- and water-based adventures including mountain biking, abseiling, golf, tennis, jukskei, canoeing, white-water rafting, tubing and wild fly fishing  in the Karoo.

Where to Stay

In Cradock, you can select from town or country. The charming Tuishuise and Victoria Manor offer a comfortable slice of Karoo history with warm hospitality. That same hospitality is offered in a farm setting on the banks for the Great Fish River on a quaint pecan-nut farm at Lowlands Country House, at family-friendly Blanco Guest Farm or game farm, Buffelshoek Dirosie Lodge.

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Explore the Town

Food, literature, history, small-town warmth and one of the most beloved national parks in South Africa, Mountain Zebra National Park.

iconic karoo scene
mountain zebra national park
Karoo Food
Karoo Food

annual festivals

restored tuishuise

mountain zebra