Divided by the powerful Great Fish River that runs through it, Cradock is a charming, quaint village with Victorian-era charm permeating from every street corner. From a historical standpoint, Cradock has born witness to much of South Africa's turbulent past. The Great Trek originated in this region and the ostrich boom, which provided farmers with a quality source of income because of its meat and leather, took place in this area. The land here is also drastically more fertile than other rural towns of this kind thanks to the water that has been diverted from the Orange River.Read More
The main draw card of Cradock is its natural sulphur spring, which is a popular swimming venue for people from all over the country and even further afield. Located on Market Street, the Victorian-style guesthouses known as Die Tuishuise are also a highlight of Cradock and make an excellent overnight stay. Several mid-19th century houses have been carefully preserved and filled with gorgeous period furniture so that today each building tells a story about the heritage of the town.
For those seeking a bit of outdoor activity, a hike to see the famous egg rock should certainly be on the to-do list. The 10m high rock is imbued with history, most notably from the 1937 lightening strike that demolished a side of it. On a more educational note, the Shreiner House Museum is dedicated to the late novelist and political activist, known for her controversial writings on feminism and free thought. Her most famous piece, The Story of an African Farm, became a best-seller and copies of it are sold in the museum gift shop.
If you are planning a Cradock holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Cradock Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Cradock.