Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa




Cradock is a small town in the Fish River Valley, which was founded by Sir John Cradock after the frontier war of 1812. The rich soil, plentiful water and warm climate make this town an ideal lucern, dairy and fruit farming area.

From its early beginnings, Cradock has managed to develop into a town with grace and space. Visitors who come to Cradock must definitely visit the Dutch Reformed Church, it is a beautiful stone building that has impressed visitors from far and wide.

Today Cradock is the capital of the Cape Midlands and is one of the thriving rural towns. Prosperity has come with the ability of the farmer to utilize the indigenous flora such as Karoo Bushes to produce the best wool and mohair and to impart that typical Karoo flavour to the mutton.

The pleasures at Cradock are mostly cultural and, those who have a love of old buildings will enjoy ambling through the streets, admiring the beautifully renovated houses and the local hotel.

Cradock has a great historical past (the Great Trek started in Cradock and its surrounding districts) and the geographical position makes Cradock an ideal stop-over for a traveller.

Also close to the town is the Mountain Zebra National Park, with its lovely self-guided multi-day hike and - not surprisingly - lots of Cape Mountain Zebra. This scenic park also boasts beautiful scenery, as well as herds of antelope species, smaller predators and more than 200 bird species.

If you'd like to have a panoramic view of the whole of Cradock, take a drive up 'Oukop', which was used as a lookout post during the war. A little piece of the Karoo, just above town, awaits you. Go for a walk around its slopes and view the Anglo-Boer war soldiers etching on a rock.

Cradock has a healthy climate, with hot summers, bracing cold winters and a low rainfall. Cradock is situated on the N10, almost halfway between Port Elizabeth and Colesberg. The nearest Airport is at Port Elizabeth, which is 250km away.