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The craggy heights of the Mountain Zebra National Park's Bankberg embrace rolling plains and deep valleys, and has 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 350.
Other mammals found here include eland, black wildebeest, red hartebeest and gemsbok. Mountain reedbuck and grey rhebok frequent the higher areas, whilst caracal occupy the niche of primary predator.
The Cape Mountian zebra differ from the plains zebra by having narrower stripes, absence of shadow stripes and orange facial colouration. Other noticeable species of the mountain plateau are the red hartebeest, eland and springbok. In the more wooded valleys visitors should search for kudu, and two of the park’s more recent reintroductions, the African buffalo and the black rhino. This area is also a great one for spotting birds.
The park contains a rich variety of plant species and in spring the veld is covered with flowers. Fynbos and renosterveld bush flourish in the temperate climate where the rains come mainly during early summer and winter.
Rates Include:Accommodation and 14% VAT.Rates Exclude:Optional excursions
ClimateSummers are warm, and winter nights are cold. Rainfall averages some 390 mm per annum, with regular snowfall on high lying areas.Handy HintsRemember to bring along a hat, walking shoes, sun block, camera, binoculars and bird and mammal reference books. Hikers on both nature trails and overnight trail must carry sufficient water. Warm clothes are essential for the winter months.Take NotePets are not allowed in national parks. Firearms must be declared at reception where they will be sealed. The seal will be broken upon departure. Motor cycles or bicycles are not allowed. Medical, pharmaceutical, vehicle repair and police services available in Cradock.Gate Hours1 October to 31 March: 07:00 - 19:00 1 April to 30 September: 07:00 - 18:00Wheelchair AccessAll the cottages have steps at their entrances, although in a couple of these units the step is low enough for a strong wheelchair user to get in unassisted. There is also a 6-bed guesthouse, which has no steps or uneven surface prohibiting entry. All the units have baths which will only be appropriate for some people. Access into and within the main complex is ramped. Accessible ablution facilities could be provided and access to the shop improved.Other facilities and activitiesThe park has limited facilities and activities. Game viewing is done from the comfort of ones own vehicle. The picnic sites and walking trails are fairly rustic, with no formal adaptation provided for persons with mobility or sensory impairment. It is a definite opportunity for the park to follow the example of sister parks like Addo or Karoo.