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The craggy heights of the Mountain Zebra National Park's Bankberg embrace rolling plains and deep valleys, and have become an entrancing preserve for the Cape mountain zebra.
The proclamation of the park in 1937 saved these animals from extinction, and currently their population stands at 300. Other mammals found here include cape buffalo, black rhino, eland, black wildebeest, red hartebeest and gemsbok. Mountain reedbuck and grey rhebok frequent the higher areas and caracal occupy the niche of primary predator.
How to get there
The park is situated 12 km from the picturesque town of Cradock, and is 280 km from Port Elizabeth, 800 km from Cape Town, 800 km from Johannesburg and 1 050 km from Durban. The access route to the park entrance, as well as all internal tourist routes are gravel, whilst roads in the restcamp area are tarred.
1 October to 31 March: 07:00 - 19:00
1 April to 30 September: 07:00 - 18:00
Mountain Zebra Restcamp / Doornhoek Guest House
- All accommodation is serviced daily and provided with bedding, towels and soap.
- Doornhoek Guest House, a restored Victorian homestead, accommodates 6 persons, three bedrooms, en suite bathrooms (bath), fully equipped kitchen.
- Four-bed family cottages, each with two bedrooms, bathroom (bath, some with shower) and partially equipped kitchen.
- Caravan and camp sites with communal ablution facilities. Certain camp sites equipped with 220V power points.
- A maximum of six persons, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one autovilla or one motorised caravan will be permitted per site.
- The camping area is sited on a mixture of earth and grass. Lawn type grass struggles to grow in the park conditions.
- Game viewing from own vehicle.
- Several short nature trails.
- Swimming pool for resident guests only.
- 3-day hiking trail - bookings essential
- Day and night drives - bookings essential
- San cave paintings - bookings essential
- Fully licensed a la carte restaurant, also serving light refreshments.
- Shop where curios and basic commodities may be purchased.
- Barbecue and ablution facilities for day visitors.
- Petrol and diesel are available in the restcamp.
- The park has its own post office.
- Full conference and catering facilities.
- Facilities available for small wedding receptions, maximum 20 people.
- Venue is adjacent to Doornhoek Guest House and should be booked together with Guest House.
Summers are warm, and winter nights are cold. Rainfall averages some 390 mm per annum, with regular snowfall on high lying areas.