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City Cradock

Located in the Karoo, in the valley of the Great Fish River in the Eastern Cape Province, you will find the Dutch Reformed Church around Cradock Village. This church is incidentally not built to a Dutch design, but rather an English design.

Cradock was established in 1812 because it was strategically located at the time of the wars and was named by the Cape Governor John Cradock in 1818. In the early 1900s the great demand for ostrich feathers became more and thus more farmers in this area. And besides the ostrich farms, Cradock has now become the centre of the wool and mohair industry and also produces cattle, dairy products, fruits and alfalfa. Cradock's sort of the capital of the Cape Midlands and it is a quiet and serene farming village with lots of history.

Cradock is located 5 km from hot springs that are beneficial treatments for rheumatism. The village has a number of good health resorts and this has led to the wide acclaim. The sulphur springs attract many South Africans to the warm indoor and outdoor swimming pools. So you can go to relax.

A real tourist attraction is the "Tuishuise" Victoria Manor Hotel and a number of other beautifully restored Victorian homes in Mark Street.

You can visit the house and tomb of the famous writer Olive Schreiner, who wrote; The Story of an African Farm, but also a politically tinged book that caused a stir. Visit the Old Water Mill and the Great Fish River Museum. Dundas Street and under the Ilex Oak Trees is a part of beautiful nature which has been declared a National Monument.

For animal life you go outside the village. Here there is the beautiful Mountain Zebra National Park where there is Eland, wildebeest and numerous other bucks can be seen. You can visit the Tsolwana Local Municipality Game Reserve between Cradock and Queenstown. Here you can walk with a ranger, taking a dip in the river and rock carvings add an extra dimension to spotting wildlife.

Within the Camdeboo National Park there is the Valley of Desolation, a unique and beautiful Karoo landscape that is only justifies the view best in person, but a few incredibly beautiful landscape photos you can also take here to take home.

Cradock revolves around its historic core and beautiful nature, but has something for everyone and the golfer can play to their heart's desire here. In the Van Riebeeck Karoo Garden there is a special collection of native shrubs and succulents from the Karoo for plant lovers.

And now that you're here, be sure to also visit Nieu Bethesda, art and oddities you have to essentially really be here for the Owl House!