This thriving agricultural town is situated on the banks of the Great Fish River. This where you will experience true Karoo hospitality, friendly people, great home-grown produce, and of course, great lamb. It is also home to the annual Karoo Food Festival.

Other than great food, wool and mohair products, Cradock is full of old world rural Karoo charm and architecture from a bygone era. Market Street is famous for its candy-stripe awnings on 1820 Settler-type buildings. In addition there are historical attractions that date back to the 1800′s and museums – namely the Great Fish River Museum and Schreiner House.

Cradock has a healthy climate, with hot summers, cold winters and a low rainfall. It is the lack of rain that provides the magnificent view of the stars at night and the glorious sunrises and sunsets one associates with a desert.

Egg Rock

Outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice. Lake Arthur is a popular water sports venue and the Great Fish River is home to the country’s biggest annual canoe marathon and provides exciting paddling and tubing during most of the year. The natural sulphur springs at the Cradock Spa just outside the town, adventure activities, fly-fishing, and game viewing at the Mountain Zebra National Park just north of the town in the mountains. Craddock is home of the unusally shaped Egg Rock which weighs around 488 tons and is perfectly balanced. One side of the Rock was destroyed by a lightning strike.

How to get there

From Middleburg you go via the N10 southeast down to Cradock, (Odometer 100km).
From Pietermaritzburg follow the R56, R410 and R61 to the N10 in Cradock, (Odometer 724km).
Alternatively go via R617 and R56, R410 and R61 to N10 in Cradock, (Odometer 739km).

Getting Around

The best would be to self-drive.

Where to Stay

Accommodation includes Guesthouses, B&B's, Self-Catering chalets and farm stays. Try Amali Guest Houses or White Rose Guest House.

Where to Eat

Try out the Albert Room at The Manor House, Mila’s, Buffalo Dan’s Pub and Grill, Cradock Restaurant & Sports Bar, True Living Café, boerensjiek Coffee Shop, U & Me Café Restaurant, Daggaboer Farmstall Restaurant. Not to mention your fast food franchises like Wimpy, Steers and quick stops in town.


Eastern Cape: Middelburg Karoo, Cradock, Schoombee, Hofmeyr, Venterstad, Steynsburg, Burgersdorp, Molteno, Aliwal North, Queenstown, Lady Grey, Dordrecht, Indwe, Elliot, Barkly East, Rhodes, Ugie, Maclear, Mount Fletcher, Matatiele, Cedarville.
KwaZulu-Natal: Swartberg, Kokstad, Harding, Umzimkulu, Ixopo, Bulwer, Richmond, Baynesfield, Camperdown, Pietermaritzburg.