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“A fantastic return visit”

Mountain Zebra National Park
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Cradock
Certificate of Excellence
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“A fantastic return visit”
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Having visited for 2 days a few years ago we were determined to return to enjoy this wonderful place at a more leisurely pace. We were not disappointed!

This may not be the biggest National Park but it has to be one of the friendliest. It has a much more intimate feel in the main camp and even with building work for new lodges underway it still is quite small.

There is a good variety of landscapes to explore with well maintained roads across most parts of the Park.

Abundant wildlife to be seen and although there are no giraffe or elephants there are plenty of other things to admire.

We repeated our Cheetah tracking experience and this time after some strenuous walking we were rewarded with being just a few feet away from a female and three cubs. A remarkable privilege to be outside the vehicle walking right amongst such wildlife in the capable hands of our expert ranger guide.

If you like the idea of a more relaxed park with fantastic scenery, great wildlife and decent accommodation in a lovely location then do visit this park.

We are already talking of this as a 'must do' experience in future trips to South Africa.

Visited January 2017
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Durban, South Africa
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“Amazing Game”
Reviewed 19 January 2017

On the drive in to the campsite we spotted buffalo and kudo and knew we were at the right place. The game viewing is amazing, so many animals in such a small space. We saw everything from ground squirrels to snakes to birds to lion. And walking with the cheetahs is a must. Wouldn't recommend the campsite though.

Visited January 2017
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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“We stayed here too and the whole experience was amazing.”
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Loved this San Park and would definitely return. Different as it is in the Karoo but much quieter than some which is its charm.

Visited December 2016
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“Great park, amazing lodging”
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

So I'm going to let you in on a little secret: the Guest Houses deep within the park, about 15 km from the main reception/restaurant/cabins are AMAZING. There are 2 farmhouses from the 1830s sitting atop a hill, with a gorgeous view. The homes have been lovingly and thoroughly maintained with antique furnishings but modern amenities. Truly dreamy, like stepping out of time. And a total surprise!!

The park is great, too, of course. Craggy, dry land, animals are sparse but you can find almost all of them with a little patience. On our own we couldn't find any cats, though.

For those with children, know that the cheetah tour age limit is 12 and up. Some of the jeep tours allow children down to age 6. Otherwise it's self-drive, which is fine. There are a couple of short hiking trails and a nice swimming pool near the main cabin area.

The restaurant and shop are minimalist, but fine. Facilities are nice overall.

Visited January 2017
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Sydney, Australia
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“Guaranteed to see animals”
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The park is smaller than some but you will see a variety of animals. We were lucky enough to see the two male lions in the park during our visit. The wildebeest were plentiful and there were loads of babies. Birds like buzzards and other birds of prey were also easily spotted. The mountain zebra were particularly interesting as they were distinct from the others we had seen. Ground squirrels and mongoose were also a delight to see in the wild. The park roads are well maintained, even the unsealed ones. There are great areas of open grassland that makes it easy to spot animals. If you are in the area, don't miss visiting this park.

Visited January 2017
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