Lynn & David travelling in South Africa travel blog

Springbok, Mountain Zebra National Park

Male Ostrich, Mountain Zebra National Park

Cape Mountain Zebra, Mountain Zebra National Park

Tortoise, Mountain Zebra National Park

David and the view, Mountain Zebra National Park

Pale Chanting Goshawk, Mountain Zebra National Park

Black Wildebeest, Mountain Zebra National Park

Cape Mountain Zebra, Mountain Zebra National Park

View, Mountain Zebra National Park

Cape Mountain Zebra, Mountain Zebra National Park

Blesbok, Mountain Zebra National Park

Red Hartebeest, Mountain Zebra National Park

Ground bird as yet unidentified, Mountain Zebra National Park

Blue Crane, Mountain Zebra National Park

Gemsbok, Mountain Zebra National Park

Male Ostrich, Mountain Zebra National Park

Male Kudu, Mountain Zebra National Park

Ground Squirrel, Mountain Zebra National Park

Cape Mountain Zebra and baby, Mountain Zebra National Park

Our accommodation at Cradock

En route Cradock to Maclear

Lizard on rock, Mountain Zebra National Park

Distant views, Mountain Zebra National Park

Goshawk, Mountain Zebra National Park

Wildebeest silhouette, Mountain Zebra National Park

Zebras in the grass, Mountain Zebra National Park

Blesbok, Mountain Zebra National Park

Springbok, Mountain Zebra National Park

Unidentified bird, Mountain Zebra National Park

Gemsbok, Mountain Zebra National Park

Ostrich, Mountain Zebra National Park

Meerkats, Mountain Zebra National Park

Meerkats, Mountain Zebra National Park

Baby Mountain Zebra, Mountain Zebra National Park


Saturday 11th April 2015

Addo Elephant National Park to Cradock

Packed up our bags after our fantastic stay at Addo and had breakfast, made up some lunch and headed off to the north through spectacular country, beautiful mountains and high passes, quite a few roadworks that held us up for brief periods. We arrived in Cradock at about 1pm and headed straight out to the Mountain Zebra National park about 15km from the town. This 28,000sq.km.park is very rugged and a lot drier than Addo which is considerably closer to the coast. We signed the indemnity form at the gate and then, following instructions, drove in about 10km to the reception where we were given our exit pass. We were given a map and animal spotting list and then did a self-guided game drive. First we climbed on a road straight up to the heights where there were stupendous views of the surrounding countryside, with mountains going off into the distance about 70km. Amazing landscape! On the way in from the gate to reception we saw a few of the Cape Mountain Zebra, a critically endangered species for which the park is named, and the main reason for our visit. We also saw springbok, a couple of ostriches, red hartebeest, vervet monkeys then after reception we saw a tortoise, a lizard on a rock, a pale chanting goshawk, black wildebeest, more zebras, blesbok, baboons, kudu, gemsbok, blue crane, ostriches, meerkats, then more zebras and a ground squirrel. All the way round on the drive you could see the surrounding mountains and distant views. It was truly a beautiful place, the day was fine with some cloud, but warm. At about 4:30pm, we drove out of the park and back to Cradock to check into our accommodation. The reception area was in an old hotel, but our accommodation was in a restored house named Victoria in the same street, a beautiful old 3 bedroom cottage set off the street with a garden in front. It was full of heritage items including a fully set dining table in a large kitchen, with a main bedroom with a four poster curtained bed. It all looked just so beautiful. Everything was just perfect! The lady who owns this whole set of properties started buying all the houses in the street in 1983 (she first bought five and restored them). She then attempted to rent them locally but, because people would not lease them because of the street’s poor reputation, she offered them to tourists as bed and breakfast accommodation. She now owns about 10 and they are all of similar quality, but all look a bit different. She bought the hotel as well in 1994 and closed down the public bar, which had apparently been causing quite a few problems due to its rowdiness and uses the hotel as the dining room for the whole establishment as well as the breakfast room and also guest bedrooms (which we thought we had booked but got lucky with the house instead). We went to our house for an aperitif and then got changed and at around 7:15pm, strolled up for dinner. It was a special night as it was our 23rd wedding anniversary. We enjoyed a beautiful dinner in the restaurant and then returned to our cottage for another early night.



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