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Welcome to Cradock

Cradock is a town in the Karoo portion of the Eastern Cape of South Africa, on the banks of the Great Fish River.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Cradock lies between Port Elizabeth and Middelburg on the N10 and between Graaff-Reinet and Queenstown on the R61.

By bus[edit]

The main companies stop in Cradock at the main street (at night though) on their Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth run.

By train[edit]

Spoornet operates regular trains from Cradock north to Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, and south to Port Elizabeth. The train station is on Kerk Street, across the river from town.

Get around[edit]

There is no public transportation system in Cradock. You can take a minibus taxi, but it is not recommended. Cradock is small enough to go site seeing by foot and a lot of interesting places are in close proximity to the town.


Dutch Reformed Church dating to 1868
  • Egg Rock (About 8km outside the town on the way to Queenstown. You will need a bakkie or 4x4 to get to the site (Follow directions to the airfield and then directions to Eggrock from there).). A 10-m high egg shaped rock standing on its own.


  • Visit Mountain Zebra National Park, 14 km north-west of town on the way to Middelburg
  • Cradock Spa, +27 48 881-2709. Open for day visitors from 6:45AM to 7:30PM. A modern natural spring spa. R7 for a day visit, contact the office for overnight chalet or camping rates.


Roadside market
  • Metal objects. Next to the main road leading out of Cradock towards Port Elizabeth you will find many metal objects for sale. The wind pump replicas are especially well crafted.




  • Albert House, 40 Dundas Str, +27 48 881-4624, . Albert House is a beautiful early Victorian Manor House, set in a large tranquil shaded garden. From R270pps.
  • 1 Cradock House, 98 JA Calata Str (Across from the main sports grounds), +27 48 881-3468. Check-in: flexible, check-out: 10:00. Establishment offers 5 rooms and 2 self-catering garden cottages. Facilities include swimming pool, secure parking, BBQ and light meals served. Guesthouse also has a liquor licence. R200 +.
  • Die Tuishuise, 36 Market Str, +27 48 881-1322, . 25 old houses restored to the way they were when the English and Dutch settlers lived in them during the late 1800s. From R440pps.
  • Heritage House, 45 Bree Str, +27 48 881-3210, . Sleep and relax in one of the oldest houses in town. R345-R395pps.

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