Eastern Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Mountain Zebra National Park
The undisputed highlight of the Mountain Zebra National Park is obviously the 350 or so Cape mountain zebra after which the park is named. These zebra differ from the plains or Burchell’s zebra, by having narrower stripes, absence of shadow stripes and orange facial colouration.
The craggy heights of the Mountain Zebra National Park's Bankberg embrace rolling plains and deep valleys, and has become an entrancing preserve for the Cape mountain zebra.
The proclamation of the Mountain Zebra Park in 1937 saved these animals from extinction, and currently their population stands at 350. Other mammals found in Mountain Zebra Park include eland, black wildebeest, red hartebeest and gemsbok.
Mountain reedbuck and grey rhebok frequent the higher areas, whilst caracal occupy the niche of primary predator. The Mountain Zebra National Park is situated 12 km from the picturesque town of Cradock, and is 280 km from Port Elizabeth, 800 km from Cape Town, 800 km from Johannesburg and 1 050 km from Durban.
The access route to the park entrance, as well as all internal tourist routes are gravel, whilst roads in the rest camp area are tarred.
Other noticeable species of the mountain plateau are the red hartebeest, eland and springbok. In the more wooded valleys visitors should search for kudu, and two of the park’s more recent reintroduction, the African buffalo and the black rhino.
Activities in Mountain Zebra National Park
Scar of Grootkloof
In 1974, just after a particularly heavy downfall of rain, when the rangers were setting the roads to rights along the Grootkloof area of the park, there was a sound like thunder rumbling, except that it sounded oddly off-key, not really like...
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Mountain Zebra Park 4x4 Trails
The Mountain Zebra National Park 4x4 Trails comprise two circular trails and a one-way option, which have gradings of two to four. None of the trails take longer than about two hours to complete. The Sonnenrust Trail is just over 14 kilometres long...
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Idwala Hiking Trail
The Idwala Hiking Trail is a fairly easy trail that starts at the rest camp of the beautiful Mountain Zebra National Park close to Middelburg in the Karoo Heartland. The trail covers 10 kilometres and takes between three and four hours to complete...
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Impofu Hiking Trail
The Mountain Zebra National Park is home to a number of hiking trails, including the 25 kilometre Impofu Hiking Trail. This trail takes three days to complete and has been ranked as being easy to moderate. However, the sheer duration of it excludes...
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