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    Question Tankwa Karoo National Park

    I am planning a visit to Tankwa Karoo National Park. I can not find any info on the forum regarding this park? Google also do not shed more light than the websites of SanParks and WikiPedia. Has anybody been there in the last three years? Is it worth a visit? What are the highlights?

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    Not much there. That is the biggest highlight of the place. I have not stayed over, only driven through.
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    4 days at Varschfontein with the family. Best 4 days of solitude you'll ever have.
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    Highlight:

    Solitude. Miles of sky and desolation... Fantastic.

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    Thanks guys - I will then go for the nothing, solitude, miles of sky and desolation - and enjoy it . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poggie View Post
    Thanks guys - I will then go for the nothing, solitude, miles of sky and desolation - and enjoy it . . . .

    take a few good bottles of wine along....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    take a few good bottles of wine along....
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    Take a puncture repair kit with! The sharp little stones on those roads are notorious.

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    Absolutely worth the visit over and over! We stayed there for 5 nights at Pretoriuskop.
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    just got back, we stayed :-

    one night at varschfontein, very remote and beautiful, kids can ride bicycles on the pan - pair of spotted eagle owls live in the palm trees.
    (never saw the resident aardvark)

    one night at paulshoek, about 15kms to the entrance and sanparks reception,
    cottage slap bang in the middle of nothing, not shelted by anything, stunning vista but subject to harsh winds and sunlight.

    one night at de zyfer, the nicest layout of cottage of the three, about 3 kms from the sanparks reception. we were visited by eland outside the bedroom window on a full moon night.

    last night we stayed at a cottage at elandsberg, with splash pool. the best of all the cottages but then you pay more, it was worth it. the temperatures got up to 45oc on the first day, will not be going back in mid summer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Roberts View Post
    just got back, we stayed :-

    one night at varschfontein, very remote and beautiful, kids can ride bicycles on the pan - pair of spotted eagle owls live in the palm trees.
    (never saw the resident aardvark)

    one night at paulshoek, about 15kms to the entrance and sanparks reception,
    cottage slap bang in the middle of nothing, not shelted by anything, stunning vista but subject to harsh winds and sunlight.

    one night at de zyfer, the nicest layout of cottage of the three, about 3 kms from the sanparks reception. we were visited by eland outside the bedroom window on a full moon night.

    last night we stayed at a cottage at elandsberg, with splash pool. the best of all the cottages but then you pay more, it was worth it. the temperatures got up to 45oc on the first day, will not be going back in mid summer!
    Thanks for the info & photo's. Going to visit early next year.
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    Any new updates on Tankwa Karoo National Park ?
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    Can you take a dog there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by d7e7r7 View Post
    Can you take a dog there?
    Its a national park... No you cannot
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    Going there in 2 weeks. First time ever.
    Any recommendations on drives, places to go or things to see?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coenoes View Post
    Going there in 2 weeks. First time ever.
    Any recommendations on drives, places to go or things to see?
    Some pics of our December 2019 visit here:

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...87#post4315787

    We stayed at Langkloof campsites and tried to see as much of the park as we could in 2 days - was too short. Will do a longer stop over next time!

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    Hi Coenoes
    I suppose it goes without saying, take a drive up the Gannaga Pass to Middelpos. It's quite an impressive pass. There are a few tame 4x4 trails but with that shale around there, I personally don't feel it's worth the risk of shredding a tyre. Are you a birder? - Even if you aren't, Tankwa is a good place to see all those "gravel plains" species like the larks, chats, etc. Take a bird book with you as this will keep you entertained while you drive around viewing the park.
    I'm very fond of Tankwa with it's wide open spaces, a great place to unwind. And I think you're going at a good time - it can be unbearable in the summer months.
    Enjoy the time out!

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    We really enjoyed it there. We were there when it was extremely cold (snowed in Sutherland). Visit the Elandsberg view point (rocky track) and as mentioned, drive up the pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coenoes View Post
    Going there in 2 weeks. First time ever.
    Any recommendations on drives, places to go or things to see?
    How is/was your trip.

    what are the conditions of the roads in Tankwa currently.

    I have heard that the Gannaga Pass is not too good.

    Would be great hear as I am going to Tankwa 2nd week of Oct.
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    Mike and his girlfriend went to that area in the new Defender recently. Had to make a big detour as the one river was not crossable.
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