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Mountain Zebra National Park

Afrikaans name: Nasionale Bergkwaggapark

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Mountain Zebra National Park

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Cape Mountain Zebras

Cape Mountain Zebras

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Eastern Cape

In the 1930's the Cape Mountain Zebra was facing extinction and a decision was made by the National Parks Board to do something about it. A small area of land was set aside, near Cradock, and 6 zebras were released into it. Unfortunately only one of these was a female so the future still looked bleak for the species. Over the years the park was expanded and two farmers donated a few more zebras to restock the park. There are now over 700 Cape Mountain Zebras in the park and the National Parks Board are able to relocate some each year to establish new populations.

Besides the all important zebras the Mountain Zebra National Park is home to other mammals such as Aardwolf, Black Rhino, Eland, Cape Buffalo, Black Wildebeest, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Grey Rhebok and Caracal. Lion and Cheetah have also been re-introduced.

Birders will find plenty to keep them happy including Verreaux's Eagle, Secretary Bird, Grey-winged Francolin, Ground Woodpecker, Ludwig's Bustard, Orange-breasted Rockjumper and Mountain Wheatear.

There is a variety of accommodation in the park including family cottages, mountain cottages and camping ground.

Mountain Zebra National Park entrance

Above - Entrance to the park

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Chalets at Mountain Zebra National Park

Above - Chalet

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Swimming pool at Mountain Zebra National Park

Above - Swimming pool

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Scenery in the Mountain Zebra National Park

Above - Typical scenery in the park

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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