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South Africa Holiday: Mountain Zebra in the Mountain Zebra National Park

South Africa Holiday: Mountain Zebra National Park

The craggy heights of the Bankberg in the Mountain Zebra National Park have become an entrancing preserve for the Cape mountain zebra. The proclamation of the park in 1937 saved these animals from extinction.

Mountain Zebra National Park is the home for 300 or so Cape mountain zebra.
South Africa Holiday: Mountain ZebraThese zebra differ from the Burchell’s zebra, by having narrower stripes and absence of shadow stripes.
Other noticeable species of the mountain plateau are the red hartebeest, eland and springbok.
In the more wooded valleys visitors should search for kudu, and two of the park’s more recent introductions, the African buffalo and the black rhino.
The park contains a rich variety of plant species and in spring the veld is covered with flowers. Fynbos and renosterveld bush flourish in the temperate climate where the rains come mainly during early summer and winter.

South African National Parks provides limited accommodation in the park. We recommend a day visit (click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™ website).

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Eastern Cape province

Buffalo City (a new municipality incorporating Bhisho, East London and King William's Town), Cradock, Graaff-Reinet, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Queenstown, Mthatha (Umtata)

Addo Elephant National Park;
Camdeboo National Park;
Tsitsikamma National Park
Summer is warm, and winter nights are cold. Rainfall averages some 390 mm per annum, with regular winter snowfall on high lying areas.
Jackal Buzzard, Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle and Martial Eagle soar impressively over this mountain habitat. Pale-winged Starling is very conspicuous on the mountain plateau, where Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Blue Crane and Ludwig’s Bustard are the larger more visible species.
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