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The Eastern Cape town of Cradock has seen many of South Africa’s groundbreaking historical events happen as they unfolded. The Great Trek was one such event while the ostrich boom of the 1900s occurred here too. The Linglihle Cemetery bears further testament to the historical legacy this town is renowned for as many of the people who lost their lives in the mammoth battle against Apartheid are buried here; haunting and tragically beautiful, the cemetery is a place of immense sadness but also one of hope and triumph – a fitting tribute to what the human spirit can achieve.
But it is not just history lovers that will enjoy a sojourn through Cradock. Nature lovers and sports enthusiasts are bound to fall in love with the town when they witness all the enjoyment and pleasure they can experience during their stay. As it is settled on the banks of the Great Fish River, canoe enthusiasts will know Cradock is the scene of the annual canoe marathon that is a big draw card for lovers of the sport from all parts of the country, while the nearby Arthur Lake furthermore provides opportunities for other favourite water sports. Other top attractions in Cradock include the fascinating Great Fish River Museum, which is a fantastic exhibition showcasing the life of a settler here in the 1800s, the Dutch Reformed Church, which is now a national monument, and the Olive Shreiner House Museum, which is a superb display of the authoress’ life and works; Shreiner is said to have written the masterpiece novel ‘The Story of an African Farm’.
Naturally, after seeing all these sights visitors will need a place to chill out and relax. Cradock has become widely known for its hot thermal springs and boasts a spa complex with outdoor and indoor heated pools – perfect for winding down after a long day of exploration.