As its name suggests, this reserve is responsible for saving the mountain zebra species from extinction. In the early 1930s only six were surviving in the park, but they now number over 300. But black rhino, cheetah and buffalo can also be seen here. The park also has archaeological value: there are 30 sites along the Wilger River which indicate the presence of Late Stone Age people around 14 000 years ago. Size: 28 412 hectares. Situated near the town of Cradock in the Eastern Cape Province.
Mountain Zebra National Park
Who would have thought!? Lions on a kill, a cheetah and a black rhino in the middle of the dry, dry Karoo?!
The winter aridity and wind has sucked all moisture out of the earth. The land is begging for rain. I've been a few times before to Mountain Zebra National Park near the town of Cradock, but I haven't seen it this dry before.
Conditions for landscape photography were abysmal, with plenty of wind, dust and high cloud cover. I slept most of my first day in the park, catching up on some much-needed zzzz's, because the light was so poor. The next two days were better, but not because the light was much better. Instead, I had some great sightings of the park's recently re-introduced lions, and then managed to get within a few meters of a cheetah - and a black rhino!
Two lions Read more »
The second protected area on my Karoo road trip was Mountain Zebra National Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It’s one of my favourite. It’s small – only about 280 square kilometres, but its crammed with beautiful rolling hills covered in grass, and the high plateau of the Bankberg mountains.
The conservation of the South African endemic Cape Mountain Zebra is a remarkable success story.
By the late 1800s, hunters had wiped out most of these mountain-adapted animals - a separate species to the more common Burchell's zebra, which is commonly found in savanna regions of Africa.
By 1937 when the park was proclaimed, there were just a handful of them in the Eastern Cape. Six of them (five male and one Read more »
It's been raining through the night and day here at Mountain Zebra National Park, and so I've had a chance to catch up on admin! But also, I've had a chance to look through some of the camera trap photos that senior section ranger Craig Williams has collected over the past few months. Here they are below...thanks Craig for your time and help, and these photos.
Mountain Zebra National Park really surprised me! This is one of the most beautiful parks I’ve been to so far. Even though it is only 100 kilometres east of Camdeboo National Park, it has a very different feel. (Check out where it is in South Africa by clicking here on Google Maps).
I can definitely sense a change in landscape…instead of the dry Karoo veld, with all those spekboom trees, Mountain Zebra National Park seems more like the foothills of the Drakensberg. It’s almost as if I’ve entered the east of the country…there are never-ending grasslands here on top of beautiful Read more »