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Mountain Zebra National Park

Mountain Zebra National Park



+27 (0) 48 881 2427



Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 800 205 005


Size:  28,400 ha / 284 km2

Nearest major city:  Port Elizabeth (3h15 approx by car)

Species Numbers:  67 Mammals        270 Birds        45 Reptiles

Big Five:  No


  • - Malaria-free
  • - Spectacular open scenery for good game viewing
  • - Good hiking and horse-riding trails despite the presence of potentially dangerous game

As its name suggests, the Mountain Zebra National Park was proclaimed to protect the Cape Mountain zebra from extinction, and it’s current population of 750 zebra is the largest in the country out of a total population of 1 200 (this population is also one of only three in the country that is entirely indigenous; the other two can be found at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve and Kammanassie Nature Reserve.) But Mountain Zebra National Park’s current conservation objectives extends far beyond a single species; today it offers a variety of other wildlife, including cheetah, black rhino, Cape buffalo, black wildebeest and kudu, all of which make use of the four biomes: savannah, grassland, Nama karoo and sub-tropical thicket (these biomes are considered poorly conserved in South Africa).  

It’s also one of the prettiest national parks in the country, with grasslands that roll down from the ridges of the Bankberg mountains to sweeping valleys below where the Wilgerboom river flows. Despite being just 100 km from Camdeboo National Park and its decidedly arid atmosphere, Mountain Zebra National Park offers a far gentler mood, because it’s situated that bit closer to the eastern sub-tropical region of the country, and so receives 25% more rain. Wildlife viewing is easier than in bushveld parks, because the open nature of the landscape allows seemingly never-ending landscapes dotted with animals.