Cradock Area Information

Attractions

  • Breë Street
    Breë Street is the oldest street in Cradock. No 38, or “Mulberry Shade”, with its Cape Dutch gable, is probably the oldest house, built in the early 19th century. The house named “Oude Kasteel” was the first Dutch Reformed Church parsonage in Cradock. The Anglican St Peter’s Church, built in 1858, and Methodist Church or Wesleyan Church are situated here.
  • The Cradock Four Memorial
    Visit the Cradock Four Memorial, which is situated in the Municipal Park to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for the struggle i. e. J. A. Calata, Mathew Goniwe, Sparrow Mkhonto and Sicelo Mhlawuli. A visit to the Cradock Four Graves situated in the Lingelihle Cemetery as well as The Cradock Four Gallery is recommended.
  • The Cradock Club
    The house was erected in + 1850 as a private residence and eventually in 1955 became the property of the Cradock Club. During the South African War, the club was used as a mess by officers of the Sherwood Forresters Regiment.
  • Dams In The Area
    For water sports visit the following dams: Grassridge, Lake Arthur and Commando Drift Nature Reserve.
  • Dundas Street
    Dundas Street is the second oldest street. The Cradock Club, which was formed in 1881, is situated in Dundas Street. Another house, Cumnor House, lower down the street was originally built as an identical twin to this house.
  • Dutch Reformed Mother Church (Upper end Church Street)
    The first community church in Cradock was established in 1817 when the Rev. John Evans was appointed as the towns first Miniter.
  • The Early 20th Century Horse Drinking Trough (Frere Street)
    A typical example of a stopping place, where farmers watered their horses after taking a long journey.
  • Egg Rock (Turn off 2 km from Cradock on the Queenstown Road)
    This 10m high egg-shaped dolerite rock, weighing approximately 488 tons, is precariously balanced on seemingly unstable material. Unfortunately, it has a piece missing on the southern side, which as reputedly cleaved by lighting in 1937.
  • The Great Fish River Museum
    Built in 1848, it was the second Dutch Reformed Parsonage in Cradock. The first to occupy it was Rev. John Taylor, who was baptized President Paul Kruger of the old South African Republic, in the Dutch Reformed Church. The building was proclaimed a National Monument in 1971. The Museum depicts the early history of the Eastern Cape Pioneers, circa 1840 to 1900.
  • Grave Of Olive Schreiner (Buffelskop o the Mortimer Road)
    Olive, her husband, Samuel Cronwright, their baby and a dog, Nita were buried in a sarcophagus on top of Buffelskop on the farm Buffelshoek, 26km from Cradock.
  • Grave Of Reginald Koettlitz
    The Grave is situated in the Cradock cemetery. The famous geologist, Dr Reginald Koettlitz, was a senior medial officer with Captain R. F Scott's first expedition to the Antartic on the "Discovery" in 1905.
  • The Jurie Lombard Watermill (Town Park)
    This mill served an area with a radius of 150 km. In 1972 Mt Jurie Lombart, grandson of the originator of the mill, donated it to the public of Cradock and it was transported and re-erected on its present site in the Inxuba Yethemba Municipal Park.
  • Lake Arthur And Grassridge Dam
    The Lake is situated on the Tarka River, approximately 29km south-east of Cradock.The Dam was completed in 1924 and named after Prince Arthur of Connaught.
  • Masizame Community Centre
    Visit the Masizame Community Centre Library with the history of the apartheid regime. You can also find arts ad crafts at the centre. Mveliso Arts & Crafts project, which specializes in beadwork, situated here.
  • "Oukop" Hill (+/- 2 km from Cradock on Middelburg Road)
    If you'd like to have a panoramic view of the whole town of Cradock, take a drive up "Oukop" Hill and experience a little piece of Karoo, just above the town.
  • The Schreiner House (9 Cross Street)
    The famous South African authoress, who amongst many other literary works, wrote the book "Story of an African Farm" lived in this house in Cross Street in her youth, between 1868 and 1870. A pictorial display of her life as well as her personal book collection can be seen in the house.
  • Vusubuntu Xhosa Cultural Village
    A daily guided tour at the Vusubuntu Xhosa Cultural Village takes you through the Xhosa heritage.

Services

  • Bus Services
    Contact agent for destinations time schedules & bookings
    Shoprite: 048 801 7600
    Intercape Mainliner: 0861 287 287
    Translux & City to City: 0861 589 282
    Landing Strip: 048 801 1515 / 082 7733 292
    Taxi Service: Tourist Information Office
    Spoornet (Train): 048 8018 225
  • Emergency Services
    Ambulances: 048 881 3137
    Fire Rescue: 048 881 1515
    SA Police: 048 881 7118
  • Internet Caf
    M & M Computers 048 881 1282
  • Banking
    All the banks are situated in the main shopping street, Adderley Street ( ABSA, First National Bank Standard Bank and Capitec)
  • Weather
    AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURES
    Summer days 35˚C
    Summer nights 15˚C
    Winter days 16˚C
    Winter nights -3˚C

Eating out

  • Cradock Restaurant & Sports Bar
    Church Street
    Tel: 048 881 2431
  • Restaurant 1814
    J. A. Calata Street
    Tel: 048 881 5390
  • Buffalo Dan’s restaurant
    Middelburg Road
    Tel: 048 881 4321
  • Di Valdi’s Restaurant
    Cradock Spa
    Tel: 048 881 4663 / 083 501 2099
  • Victoria Manor Restaurant
    Voortrekker Street
    Tel: 048 881 1650
  • Mandies African Restaurant
    Lingelihle
    Tel: 073 505 0735
  • Bakker en Skinker
    Adderley Street
  • Dino's Inn
    Cawood Street
  • Coffe Shops / Tea Rooms Schreiner Tea Room (Light meals)
    Market Street
    Tel: 048 881 3355
  • Fast Foods Black Steer
    Voortrekker Street
    Tel: 048 881 2787
  • Wimpy
    J. A Calata Street
    Tel: 048 881 1200
  • Steers
    J. A Calata Street
    Tel: 048 881 4560
  • Pizza World
    J. A. Calata Street
    Tel: 048 881 1021

Things to do

  • Arts, Crafts & Tours
    Funky Farm
    (Crafts & gifts)
    44J. A. Calata Street
    Tel: 048 881 4368
  • Dit en Dat
    (Specialises in cakes, biscuits and biltong etc.)
    Adderley Street
    Tel: 048 881 4369
  • Vusubuntu Cultural Village
    (Specialises in Beads, garment making, pottery, windmills and traditional music)
    Tel: 048 881 8280
  • Karoo Pred-a-Tours
    Tel: 048 881 8280
  • Shwadi Safaris
    Tel: 048 881 2814
  • Amanzi River Rafting
    Mr West
    Tel: 048 881 4433
  • Brak River Adventures
    James Jordan
    Tel: 084 429 9944