The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Mountain Zebra National Park

Afrikaans name: Nasionale Bergkwaggapark

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.

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Mountain Zebra National Park entrance

Above - Entrance to the park

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Chalets at Mountain Zebra National Park

Above - Chalet

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Swimming pool at Mountain Zebra National Park

Above - Swimming pool

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Scenery in the Mountain Zebra National Park

Above - Typical scenery in the park

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Mammals of Mountain Zebra National Park

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.


Antbear / Aardvark

Bat-eared Fox

Black Wildebeest

Black-backed Jackal

Black-footed Cat


Bush Pig

Cape Fox

Cape Hare

Cape Mountain Zebra

Cape Porcupine


Chacma Baboon

Common Duiker


Grey Rhebuck

Ground Squirrel





Mountain Reedbuck

Red Hartebeest

Rock Hyrax

Scrub Hare

South African Hedgehog




Striped Polecat


Vervet Monkey

Wild Cat

Yellow Mongoose

Birds of Mountain Zebra National Park

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Common Ostrich

Grey-winged Francolin

Helmeted Guineafowl

Egyptian Goose

South African Shelduck

African Black Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

Red-billed Teal

Greater Honeyguide

Lesser Honeyguide

Ground Woodpecker

Cardinal Woodpecker

Red-fronted Tinkerbird

Acacia Pied Barbet

African Hoopoe

Green Wood-Hoopoe

Malachite Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

European Bee-eater

White-backed Mousebird

Speckled Mousebird

Red-faced Mousebird

Jacobin Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Red-chested Cuckoo

Diderick Cuckoo

Alpine Swift

African Black Swift

Little Swift

White-rumped Swift

Cape Eagle-Owl

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Fiery-necked Nightjar

Speckled Pigeon

Laughing Dove

Cape Turtle-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Ludwig's Bustard

Karoo Korhaan

Blue Crane

Red-knobbed Coot

Common Sandpiper

Spotted Thick-knee

Three-banded Plover

Blacksmith Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

Black-shouldered Kite

African Harrier-Hawk

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

African Goshawk

Steppe Buzzard

Jackal Buzzard

Verreaux's Eagle

Booted Eagle


Lesser Kestrel

Rock Kestrel

Little Grebe

Reed Cormorant

White-breasted Cormorant

Grey Heron

Black-headed Heron

Cattle Egret


Hadeda Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Spoonbill

Black Stork

White Stork

Fork-tailed Drongo

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Southern Tchagra

Southern Boubou

Olive Bush-Shrike

Chinspot Batis

Pied Crow

White-necked Raven

Common Fiscal

Drakensberg Rock-jumper

Cape Penduline-Tit

Grey Tit

Brown-throated Martin

Barn Swallow

White-throated Swallow

Greater Striped Swallow

Rock Martin

African Red-eyed Bulbul

Sombre Greenbul

Fairy Flycatcher

Long-billed Crombec

Willow Warbler

Layard's Tit-Babbler

Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler

Cape White-eye

Grey-backed Cisticola

Levaillant's Cisticola


Karoo Prinia

Namaqua Warbler

Rufous-eared Warbler

Bar-throated Apalis

Cape Clapper Lark

Spike-heeled Lark

Large-billed Lark

Cape Rock-Thrush

Olive Thrush

Fiscal Flycatcher

Cape Robin-Chat

Karoo Scrub-Robin

African Stonechat

Mountain Wheatear

Sickle-winged Chat

Familiar Chat

Ant-eating Chat

Pale-winged Starling

Red-winged Starling

Pied Starling

Wattled Starling

Malachite Sunbird

Southern Double-collared Sunbird

Dusky Sunbird

Cape Weaver

Southern Masked-Weaver

Red-billed Quelea

Southern Red Bishop

Common Waxbill

Pin-tailed Whydah

Cape Sparrow

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

Yellow-throated Petronia

Cape Wagtail

Cape Longclaw

African Rock Pipit

African Pipit

Long-billed Pipit

Cape Canary

Black-headed Canary

Yellow-fronted Canary

Black-throated Canary

Brimstone Canary

White-throated Canary

Streaky-headed Seedeater

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

Cape Bunting

References and further reading

A - Z of South African National Parks - Author: South African National Parks - Published: 0 - Page: 54

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 54

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 189

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 157

Country Life - Issue 262 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 82

Country Life - Issue 273 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 28

Country Life - Issue 280 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 52

Getaway - Vol 30 No 06 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 75

go! - Issue 158 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 46

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 180

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 181

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 287

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 184

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 192

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 148

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 222

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 318

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 109

Stuarts Field Guide to National Parks & Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd ed - Author: Chris & Mathilde Stuart - Published: 2018 - Page: 161

The National Parks of South Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Rene Gordon and Anthony Bannister - Published: 1987 - Page: 126

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 63

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 258

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 323

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Published: 1983 - Page: 102

Wild Issue 18 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 14

Wild Issue 22 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 12

Wild Issue 26 - Author: - Published: 2014 - Page: 31

Wild Issue 29 - Author: - Published: 2014 - Page: 82

Wild Issue 35 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 32

Wild Issue 37 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 50

Wild Issue 41 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 8

Wild Issue 43 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 10

Wild Issue 45 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 14

Wild Issue 47 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 12

Wild Issue 47 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 30

Wild Issue 47 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 43

Wild Issue 49 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 58


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