The Eastern Cape Midlands

The area of Inxuba Yethemba stretches between the two towns of Cradock and Middleburg, following the N10 in the Eastern Cape. The towns are fairly similar and both towns’ rural areas consist mainly of commercial farms. The economy of the area is largely based on agriculture and tourism, which is no surprise as the area offers beautiful scenery and many natural attractions.

There is nothing more spectacular than the night skies in this small part of the country. Unhindered by city lights and pollution, the skies are bright with stars and perfect for star gazing all year round. The best time to visit this area of the Karoo though is Spring time because of the flower displays, but Karoo midwinter snows in July can also be special.

The area also offers a destination where you can relax, unwind and enjoy the culture of the people in the small towns of the Inxuba Yethemba area. The towns are rich in culture, diversity and history – the Schreiner House Museum has loads of interesting facts on the history of both Middelburg and Cradock and is a must when spending time in Cradock.

One last famous attraction the area has is its food! Known as a culinary destination this little part of the Karoo has its own annual food festival. But not to worry, if you can’t make the festival, the locals will always delight their visitors with their culinary skills, no matter what time of year! So come travel the N10, best done at your own pace, and enjoy all that is on offer in the Eastern Cape Midlands.

The Inxuba yethemba area offers all types of accommodation which includes farm accommodation, self-catering units, Guest Houses and Camping and Caravan Parks.

Places to Visit

Things to do and see

  • Inxuba Yethemba Municipal Park
  • Mountain Zebra National Park
  • Great Fish River Museum, Cradock
  • Commando Drift Nature Reserve
  • Egg Rock
  • Harry Potters Grave, Cradock
  • Schreiner House Museum, Cradock
  • Grootfontein College of Agriculture, Officers Mess & Graveyards, Middelburg
  • PW Foster Museum, Middelburg
  • Middelburg Museum

Climate

The Inxuba Yethemba area receives approximately 248 mm of rain annually with the majority of its rainfall occurring during February and March.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 30˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 17˚C.

Transport

There are daily flights into Port Elizabeth International Airport. Cradock is approximately 243 km away along the N10. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.

A self-drive trip from Cape Town to Cradock will take approximately 8 hours and from Johannesburg to Middelburg approximately 6.5 hours.

Festivals

March – Karoo Food Festival: From craft beer and freshly brewed coffee to scrumptious foods, this festival has something for everyone. Cradock is in full swing displaying their unique cooking styles and methods!

July – Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival: Lovers of reading, writing and the Karoo can look forward to close encounters with well-loved authors.

October - Hansa Powerade Fish River Canoe Marathon: A popular two day canoe race down the Fish River, total distance 81.1 Km.

History

The Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality was formerly known as the Cradock Municipality. The political seat is still Cradock, but both Middelburg and Cradock fall under the Inxuba Yethemba Municipality now, which falls under the Chris Hani District Municipality of the Eastern Cape.

The Municipality of Inxuba Yethemba was established in 2000 through the merger of former Cradock TLC and Middelburg TLC.

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