Attractions IN Cradock

Nature Reserves

Commando Drift Nature Reserve

The 6 000 hectare Commando Drift Nature Reserve lies roughly 60 km north of Cradock on the road to Tarkastad. At its heart is the Commando Drift Dam, fed by four rivers. On what is essentially a mixture of Karoo veld and recovering grasslands, after years of ...

Landmarks / Memorials

Cradock Four Memorial

The Cradock Four is a garden of remembrance, a memorial in Cradock’s Lingelihle township. It consists of four tall concrete pillars, erected to honour four anti-apartheid activists assassinated by the secret police in ...

National Parks / Nature Reserves

Mountain Zebra National Park

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 park in 1937 saved these animals from extinction, and ...

Nature Reserves / National Parks

Mountain Zebra Wilderness Corridor

The valuable grasslands between the Mountain Zebra National Park and the Camdeboo National Park are now formally protected by a partnership between the Wilderness Foundation and SANParks. Known as the Mountain Zebra Wilderness Corridor, the aim ...

Miscellaneous / Landmarks

Scar of Grootkloof

Mountain Zebra National Park lies in amongst the Bankberg Mountains and a series of undulating hills just outside Cradock in the Karoo. This area receives 25% more rain than other more dry parts of the Karoo, mostly because of its proximity to ...

Attractions AROUND Cradock

Game Reserves

Tsolwana Game Reserve

Nestled against the northern slopes of the Winterberg Mountain range at the edge of the Karoo, Tsolwana Game Reserve lies between Cradock and Queenstown, near Tarkastad. It is situated in a mountainous area with its grassy plains and acacia thornveld home to ...

Natural Wonders

Valley Of Desolation

The Valley of Desolation is a geological phenomenon; a sheer cliff face, declared a national monument that lies within the Camdeboo National Park - a unique Karoo landscape and ecosystem that surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinett, creating a type of oasis in ...

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Mountain Passes

Antoniesberg Pass

Antoniesberg Pass is a remote, sheer gravel pass that links the Groot River with the northern side of the Baviaanskloof Mountains.The pass itself is not long, only 5 km, but there are several access roads that combine to make it ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Barker’s Nek Pass

Barker’s Nek is a beautiful high altitude gravel pass on the R396 just northeast of the little Eastern Cape town of Indwe. Today Indwe is subdued, merely driven through by visitors to the region. But back in 1876 it was almost ...

Mountain Passes

Bruintjieshoogte Pass

Bruintjieshoogte Pass, in English Brown's Height Pass, lies between the Karoo towns of Pearston and Somerset East on the R63. It offers wonderful views over the Karoo. Whilst not an overly eventful pass, and not dangerous to drive, it is the first ...

Natural Wonders / National Parks

Camdeboo National Park

Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo as well as splendid scenic ...

Mountain Passes

Camdeboo Pass

The Camdeboo Pass lies entirely within the Camdeboo National Park, just off the R63 from the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet. The pass gets little publicity in its own right. It doesn't even make it onto the top billing list of the park, in amongst premier ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Camdeboo Route

The Camdeboo Route is a tourist route through the northerly reaches of the Eastern Cape linking the towns of Graaff-Reinet, Aberdeen and Nieu-Bethesda. It is one of six routes through the Karoo. The others include: the Little Karoo Route, the Great ...

Mountain Passes

Devil's Bellows Pass

Devil's Bellows Pass is one of the most breathtaking high altitude passes in the area. It heads into the Winterberg range close to Fort Beaufort, and is best driven in a 4x4 vehicle, although MTB riders have not stopped shy of reaching its ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Dorper Wind Farm

Up in the Stormberg Mountains, between Sterkstroom and Molteno in the coldest and windiest part of the Eastern Cape, is the 40 turbine-strong Dorper wind farm. It is an imposing wind farm, one of the biggest in the country, that produces a 100MW boost for ...

Nature Reserves

Fonteinbos Nature Reserve

Deep within the Karoo Heartland, along the Kraai River banks, lies the 1 500 hectares of the Fonteinbos Nature Reserve. This reserve, just outside the small town of Aberdeen, is both beautiful and functional, as its natural spring (Die Oog) supplies the ...

Landmarks / National Monuments / Religious

Graaff-Reinet Dutch Reformed Church

You cannot miss Graaff-Reinet’s imposing Dutch Reformed Church. Also known as the Grotekerk, the Dutch Reformed Church holds the most imposing position in town, right in the middle of the town’s ‘square’ (which isn’t a ...

Cradock as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Aberdeen, Baviaanskloof, Dordrecht, Graaff Reinet, Jansenville, Middelburg, Nieu-Bethesda, Queenstown, Tarkastad, Wolwefontein

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