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Accommodation in South Africa and Namibia Tuishuise Cradock

Karoo / Eastern Cape

Cradock Travel Information

Cradock was established in 1814 as a fort at the lower course of the Fish River to protect the white settlers from the Xhosa people. The government of the Cape Colony had proclaimed the Fish River to be the border. The fort was never attacked, and Cradock soon developed into a prospering settlement with impressive Cape-Dutch and Victorian architecture. In the middle of the 19th century approximately 9000 inhabitants lived in the pretty Karoo town.

Cradock nowadays is the centre of the surrounding farming area, which mainly engages in sheep and ostrich breeding. The town's centrepiece is Market Street with its colourful "Tuishuise", diligently restored Settlers' homes built between 1840 and 1870. The historical cottages are furnished in the style of the olden days and are available as accommodation for travellers.

Worth Seeing
Great Fish River Museum
The museum lies behind the Town Hall. It documents the history of the Eastern Cape settlers from the middle of the 19th century.
Open: Tuesday - Friday 8:00 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 4:00. Saturdays 8:00 - 12:00. Tel: (048) 8814509

Mountain Zebra National Park
The National Park is dedicated to the protection of the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra. It lies 26 kilometres from Cradock on the road to Graaff- Reinet in the most beautiful Karoo landscape. Further information: Mountain Zebra NP.

Cradock Accommodation

Die Tuishuise Cottages
Unique refurbished settlers' cottages in Market Street; ensuite rooms; superb restaurant. Tel +27 (0)48 8811322. eMail

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