Cradock offers some excellent self-cater accommodation, some of it in town and some outside in surrounding national and provincial parks. There are also three recommended camping sites, also perfect for caravanners.
Corner N10 and Eluxolweni Street
Situated just outside Cradock off the N10, is Vusubuntu Lodge and Cultural Village. Here you will find 14 rondavels, all spotless and well-appointed, each with en suite bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchen. There are double beds or twin beds available. Each thatched rondavel is snugly insulated against cold and heat. In addition to the kitchenette, there are also braai facilities, and each dwelling’s doors open up onto a small stoep.
Vusubuntu also has a large conference centre, an internet cafe and is beside the Cradock Local Tourism Offices. Cradock’s famous windmill wirecrafters are within walking distance.
Phone 048 881 1136/7
6 College Road
Amali, which has a three star grading and comes highly recommended by the AA, has six self-catering rooms and two Bed + Breakfast en suite rooms within Cradock. Some of the self-catering rooms are pet friendly. There is DStv, access to a spacious garden and a large braai area. There is off-street parking and the guesthouse is in one of Cradock’s most gracious streets, within walking distance of shops and eateries.
Phone 072 222 7232
Irelander Self Catering
Corner Irelander and Ziervogel Roads
There are 11 comfortable, fully-equipped self-catering units, each with bedding, television, tea and coffee station and each with its own braai.
There is safe off-street parking. Breakfasts and suppers are served on request. Just ask your host, Lynn van der Westhuizen.
Phone 072 212 1169
Cnr Jan Smuts and Reitz Streets
Three modern, well-equipped self-catering units in a peaceful part of Cradock. Each has en suite bathroom, kitchenette, braai facilities and DStv selected channels. There is secure parking. Tell your hostess Marilize Carsten if you’d prefer Bed and Breakfast.
Phone 048 881 1366 or 083 651 5111
Mountain Zebra National Park Chalets
R61 between Cradock and Graaff-Reinet
About 15km west of Cradock is this scenic sanctuary for the endangered Cape mountain zebra. Here you will also find cheetah, lion as well as herbivore like buffalo, eland, springbok, red hartebeest and black wildebeest. Each family chalet has two bedrooms (one with queen-sized bed, and the other with twin beds), a lounge with a fireplace, a bathroom with a shower and a fully-equipped kitchen.
The camping area is very well-maintained. There are 20 sites, each with its own 220V power point and braai unit. There is a clean communal ablution block and a communal kitchen which has fridge, freezer, microwave and stove tops.
There is also a shop, a restaurant and a pool at the nearby picnic area.
In addition, there are two secluded rustic cottages up in the mountains, but these can only be reached with 4×4 or high clearance vehicles with diff-lock.
Phone 048 881 2427 or 3434
Commandodrift Nature Reserve and Dam
On the Tarkastad Road
This is a lovely scenic provincial reserve is 58km from Cradock and 40km from Tarkastad, with good value self-cater cottages right next to the dam. It is an angler’s delight, either for day trippers or those who want to relax and stay overnight or several days. There is also plenty of plains game. You’ll be able to see black wildebeest, mountain zebra, springbok, kudu, blesbok, mountain reedbuck and duikers.
You’ll probably hear fish eagles calling too.
In addition to several kinds of chalets, there are also camping facilities.
Phone 043 701 9600 or 043 742 4450
A short drive out of Cradock, along the Marlow Road, is the Cradock Spa, run by the local municipality. There are self-cater chalets, camping and caravanning sites and swimming pools.
Phone 048 881 2709