Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa

Mountain Zebra National Park is located in South Africa's Eastern Cape province and was established for the purpose of preserving the endangered Cape Mountain Zebras.

In the decades leading up to the 1930s, the mountain zebras were heavily hunted and at risk of extinction. This lead to the formation of Mountain Zebra National Park, in 1937, to provide protection for the zebras.

The main highlight of visiting Mountain Zebra National Park is the zebras for which it is named as well as other animals, and bird species. Some of the popular animals include buffaloes, rhinos, elands, cheetahs, and lions among others.

Activities

On your visit to Mountain Zebra National Park, you can enjoy any of the following activities

  • Walking safari game watching
  • Guided game viewing (in a car)
  • Camping
  • Cheetah Tracking
  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Viewing san cave paintings

When to visit

The best time to visit Mountain Zebra National Park is during the warmer months from October to March. This is also the time when many of the animals are giving birth and the sight of young animals is a welcome experience.

Mountain Zebra National Park can however be visited all throughout the year. The winter months of June, July, and August are very cold due to the high altitude of the park. The park has fewer visitors and you won't feel crowded whatever time you choose to visit.

Getting There

Mountain Zebra National Park can easily be reached by road using the Highway that connects the nearby town of Cradock to other Major South African cities and towns.

The drive to Cradock takes around 9 hours from the Major airports of Cape Town and Johannesburg. To reduce the drive time, you can take a domestic flight to Port Elizabeth or Bloemfontein where your drive time comes down to between 3 and four hours.

Another great alternative is making a road trip of the whole journey and visiting some hot spots and small towns along the way to Mountain Zebra National Park.

Where to Stay

Mountain Zebra National Park has many accommodation options, of all price ranges. You can opt for a hotel, cottage, or lodge as well as camping in the many available campsites. 

Whether you want the luxury or you prefer to camp under the big sky, you will get your desired experience.

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