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    We have enjoyed the Tankwa NP many times but never tried their 'no-facility' campsites.
    We are self-sufficient (swambo plus me, retired, ground tent, Defender), so are thinking of a few days somewhere completely remote. We want isolation . . .
    Recommendations as best self-sufficient option in the Tankwa NP? or perhaps anywhere else in the region, kouebokkeveld, etc.?
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    +1

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    I have experience of two such camps.

    The better one is Skaapwagterspos. It is located at the end of a valley, no through or passing traffic at all. One tree, low hanging branches and a braai, built of stone and nothing else. Last year when we camped there the weekend just before lockdown there were bees in the tree, but they disappeared on day one, never to return. You will have to provide shade, toilet and shower. I also solo'd there one night during the new moon and the Milky Way was spectacular.

    The other camp is Biesjiesfontein, there is a delapidated old farmhouse that one can use as a wind shield, but not much else.

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    I found another pic of the night when I camped at Skaapwagterspos on my own.

    I learnt (again) that gin is not a drink to imbibe on your own, melancholy sets in very quickly.
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    Were scorpions a problem at Skaapwagterspos - how
    was the access road?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Were scorpions a problem at Skaapwagterspos?

    We didn't see any scorpions, Paul. I was there in March and again in late June.

    Someone mentioned the scorpions here on the forum, that was the first time I heard that they may be an issue at Skaapwagterspos.

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    Thanks!
    Any tips for surviving Tankwa without ripping tyre sidewalls?

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    Plus 1 for Skaapwagterspos!
    Took time out and camped there solo for 3 nights a couple of years ago. Complete and utter isolation!
    As mentioned, the night sky is unbelievable and the other thing I really enjoyed was sitting down to a cold one in the late afternoon and just listening to the countless mossies that come from miles around to roost in the pepper tree!
    The tree( and maybe the birdlife) does attract creatures from a distance and I did see a couple of snake trails heading into the low foliage. Fortunately managed to chase off this magnificent cobra before he could settled under the tree. I had one fairly windy evening and as often happens in the wind, I also had a scorpion visit.
    One just needs to keep a watch out for these critters but Skaapwagters is a wonderful spot - great for the soul
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Thanks!
    Any tips for surviving Tankwa without ripping tyre sidewalls?
    I have never had a sidewall cut in the Tankwa, quite a few punctures, though. Fixed them with a plug. I haven't had a puncture for the last 5 or 6 visits, I assume my luck will run out soon.

    I never exceed 80 km/h, I stay in the tracks, watch where I drive and keep tyre pressure at about 2 bar. I have a Toyota D4D Double Cab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Were scorpions a problem at Skaapwagterspos - how
    was the access road?
    I didn't answer your access road question: the spot where one enters the valley from the regular road, can be washed out after good rain. But any vehicle with good clearance should get through.

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    We have 4 nights at Pyperseboom beginning of January booked. From there 4 nights at Mokala.
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    We spent New Years 2020 at Steenkampshoek. Incredible stargazing and very remote. Bring a sun shelter to this site; it's exposed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Petzer View Post
    We have 4 nights at Pyperseboom beginning of January booked. From there 4 nights at Mokala.
    Mark, just be aware that it will be very, very hot that time of the year..
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    Thanks for all the replies.
    It seems Skaapwagterspos is the place to be - booked for end November - aware it could be pretty hot . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merwe Erasmus View Post
    I have never had a sidewall cut in the Tankwa, quite a few punctures, though. Fixed them with a plug. I haven't had a puncture for the last 5 or 6 visits, I assume my luck will run out soon.

    I never exceed 80 km/h, I stay in the tracks, watch where I drive and keep tyre pressure at about 2 bar. I have a Toyota D4D Double Cab.
    Never, so far had a puncture or tyre damage in Tankwa. Do as above, stay in the tracks, 80kph max, watch the road and know where your tyres are on the road, if you get my drift.

    Many people do not know where the tyres are especially the left side tyres. I did a test with swambo, she could not drive over a beer can with her left front, missed it every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwgg View Post
    I did a test with swambo, she could not drive over a beer can with her left front, missed it every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merwe Erasmus View Post
    I have never had a sidewall cut in the Tankwa, quite a few punctures, though. Fixed them with a plug. I haven't had a puncture for the last 5 or 6 visits, I assume my luck will run out soon.

    I never exceed 80 km/h, I stay in the tracks, watch where I drive and keep tyre pressure at about 2 bar. I have a Toyota D4D Double Cab.
    Same here, very lucky for past ten years. Not with Duelers, ATG3's, Destiny or AT20. Agree with 80km/h max speed but depending on load, type of tyre and terrain. I use TPMS on my vehicles, in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jphewitson View Post
    Thanks for all the replies.
    It seems Skaapwagterspos is the place to be - booked for end November - aware it could be pretty hot . . .
    There is this dam about 4 or 5 km down the road, but somehow I don't think it is intended for use by humans...
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