Overview

Just a few hours drive from Cape Town brings you to the ideal destination of Tankwa Karoo National Park, for those of you seeking a once in a lifetime glimpse of a rare endemic bird, or perhaps nothing more than a silence that reaches deep into the soul.

As luminous clouds of dust swirl through the ancient landscape, a tortoise patiently wanders in search of succulent morsels; a lizard basks in the sun while gemsbok and red hartebeest share the arid plains with mongoose, orb-web spiders, skinks and leggy toktokkies.

Accommodation

Informal Campsite:

Fully self-sufficient campers are allowed to camp at designated spots on an "only leave your footprints" - basis. Each site is for the exclusive use of the party of up to 15 individuals reserving such a site.

Formal Campsite:

The campsite is situated approximately 18km from the Park Reception, within the scenic upper reaches of the Langkloof Gorge. Kudu, eland and other small antelope and mammals frequent the area and, along with the guests who visit, are the only ones to experience the awesome power of thunder storms and the ensuing wonder of the Rhenoster River during a flashflood.

De Zyfer Cottage:

the cottage, has a ‘stoep’ - ideal to sit and enjoy the silence, and watch the endemic birds.All of the farmsteads are self-catering, fully equipped including braai facilities, but do not have electricity.

Elandsberg Cottage:

These fully equipped cottages come complete with fireplace in the lounge, covered braai area, individual splash pools and are comparable to upmarket private game lodges. The buildings blend superbly into the surrounding landscape, being constructed on the contour of the hillside and positioned in such a way that they are not directly visible from one another. Built using traditional methods and materials of unbaked bricks and clay plastering. The large picture windows afford wonderful views of the Roggeveld Escarpment.

Paulshoek Cottage:

5km from the reception, with its old-worldy furnishings, has beutiful views of the Roggeveld Escarpment.

Taqua Family Cottage:

Conveniently situated on the southern boundary of the Tankwa National Park and a stone’s throw from the Oudebaaskraal Dam. The complex offers a range of accommodation and is ideally suited for groups of up to 18 guests. With its construction reminiscent of a desert fort, it has played host to weddings, team building exercises as well as film and commercial shoots. A 900m landing strip situated next to the main building, also allows for fly-ins by guests.

Varschfontein Cottage:

 is an old farmstead 45km from the Park offices within the dry westerly section of Tankwa. The desolate beauty of the area is breathtaking and there is a reservoir in which you can swim.

Activities & Facilities

Stargazing.

4x4 Trails.

Self-Drive Game Viewing.

Bird Watching.

Scenic Viewpoints.

Important Information

Travelling:

 There are restricted travelling times in the park: 1 April to 30 September 18:00 – 06:30.

Only Diesel available in Park. Last stops for petrol (measured from Park offices) are Ceres (180km), Sutherland (120km - closed from Saturdays 13:00 for weekend), Calvinia (110km) and Middelpos (52km).

Motorcycles are allowed in the park.

No shops, restaurants, public phones or ATMs in the park. - closest facilities in Middlepos.

Wildlife

Tankwa Karoo National Park has a multitude of small mammal species including duiker, steenbok, porcupine and black-backed jackal. Leopards also naturally roam the area and large game species such as Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, gemsbok, eland and springbok, that were historically found within the area, have been reintroduced to join the existing kudu.

Directions

The easiest route from Cape Town is via Ceres. From here, you head north on the R46 for 40km and then take the R355 towards Calvinia. After approximately 70km, turn right on the P2250 towards Middelpos and continue for a further 75km to reach the Park Offices at Roodewerf. 

If touring from the north, Continue for 50km, turn left onto the P2267 and continue for a further 55km to reach Roodewerf. The R355, P2250 and P2267 are gravelroads, as are all the roads in the Park. However, most are navigable with a two-wheel drive vehicle.

Facilities & Amenities

Tankwa Karoo National Park is still in a developmental and land consolidation phase. As such, the Park offers limited visitor facilities, signage and other amenities. Tankwa is a place of solitude and vast horizons. The nights are profoundly quiet with a lavish display of stars. It is a priceless addition to our National Parks system.

Reviews


Tankwa is an amazing place - unlike anywhere else. The staff were friendly and went out of their way to make our stay a happy one, Including helping to change a flat tire. Don't expect luxury, although it's certainly very comfortable and the pool was a blessing. Really enjoyed our stay.

STEVE RENECLE

Perfect accommodation. Clean and well presented. Have recommended it to my friends.

Annette van de wall

A wonderful place to visit. Open spaces, friendly staff. Special area.

DavidDR MOORE

What a unbelievable experience. We live in SA and don't known what beautiful places we have got. Accommodation was very nice and the people so friendly and helpful. We loved the place.

Jacques Viviers

We had a great 2 days in the Tankwa Park, when we arrived at the reception it was to hear that we were the only people booked in the Langkloof Campsite. On asking the receptionist if there were people in the Perdekloof campsite she informed us that there were and when we asked if we could relocate to the Perdekloof campsite within a couple of minutes she had arranged this and we were on our way.The stay was great we did most of the drives and the 4 x 4 routes to the lookout points which were magnificent.The only grip we have, is that we did the Watervlei 4 x 4 route and this was fine as far as the Escarpment look out point and then after that the route just disappears. This route has not been maintained, and therefore we had to turn around and could not complete the course which made our traveling day at least 3 hours short.It would be great if this route could be maintained.

Geoff Broadley

Tankwa Breathtakingly beautiful. Great position! Just the right level of simplicity.What worked.*The bed*The Crisp clean linen*The Shower and bathroom generally*The cleanliness+The plunge pool*The furniture generally*Reception*RoadsWhat didn't work;LACK OF MAINTAINANCE!!!!!!!!PLEASE DONT LET SOMETHING SO WELL DESIGNED AND BUILT, BECOME DERELICT.(Front Door lock almost falling off, Cracked glass window in Bedroom, Small window in bedroom stay falling off, Louvres at the top of the building falling out,plaster falling off walls esp. next to bathroom,One of the front windows cracking at the corner mitre and fixed with a pc. of metal.Doors and windows no longer fit in frames) How about appointing a maintainance person whose sole job would be to fix the small but rapidly growing list of to do's!Thank you for a great stay.Louise and Terry

Terry Ravenscroft

Just a few hours drive from Cape Town brings you to the ideal destination of Tankwa Karoo National Park, for those of you seeking a once in a lifetime glimpse of a rare endemic bird, or perhaps nothing more than a silence that reaches deep into the soul.

As luminous clouds of dust swirl through the ancient landscape, a tortoise patiently wanders in search of succulent morsels; a lizard basks in the sun while gemsbok and red hartebeest share the arid plains with mongoose, orb-web spiders, skinks and leggy toktokkies.

Informal Campsite:

Fully self-sufficient campers are allowed to camp at designated spots on an "only leave your footprints" - basis. Each site is for the exclusive use of the party of up to 15 individuals reserving such a site.

Formal Campsite:

The campsite is situated approximately 18km from the Park Reception, within the scenic upper reaches of the Langkloof Gorge. Kudu, eland and other small antelope and mammals frequent the area and, along with the guests who visit, are the only ones to experience the awesome power of thunder storms and the ensuing wonder of the Rhenoster River during a flashflood.

De Zyfer Cottage:

the cottage, has a ‘stoep’ - ideal to sit and enjoy the silence, and watch the endemic birds.All of the farmsteads are self-catering, fully equipped including braai facilities, but do not have electricity.

Elandsberg Cottage:

These fully equipped cottages come complete with fireplace in the lounge, covered braai area, individual splash pools and are comparable to upmarket private game lodges. The buildings blend superbly into the surrounding landscape, being constructed on the contour of the hillside and positioned in such a way that they are not directly visible from one another. Built using traditional methods and materials of unbaked bricks and clay plastering. The large picture windows afford wonderful views of the Roggeveld Escarpment.

Paulshoek Cottage:

5km from the reception, with its old-worldy furnishings, has beutiful views of the Roggeveld Escarpment.

Taqua Family Cottage:

Conveniently situated on the southern boundary of the Tankwa National Park and a stone’s throw from the Oudebaaskraal Dam. The complex offers a range of accommodation and is ideally suited for groups of up to 18 guests. With its construction reminiscent of a desert fort, it has played host to weddings, team building exercises as well as film and commercial shoots. A 900m landing strip situated next to the main building, also allows for fly-ins by guests.

Varschfontein Cottage:

 is an old farmstead 45km from the Park offices within the dry westerly section of Tankwa. The desolate beauty of the area is breathtaking and there is a reservoir in which you can swim.

Stargazing.

4x4 Trails.

Self-Drive Game Viewing.

Bird Watching.

Scenic Viewpoints.

Travelling:

 There are restricted travelling times in the park: 1 April to 30 September 18:00 – 06:30.

Only Diesel available in Park. Last stops for petrol (measured from Park offices) are Ceres (180km), Sutherland (120km - closed from Saturdays 13:00 for weekend), Calvinia (110km) and Middelpos (52km).

Motorcycles are allowed in the park.

No shops, restaurants, public phones or ATMs in the park. - closest facilities in Middlepos.

Tankwa Karoo National Park has a multitude of small mammal species including duiker, steenbok, porcupine and black-backed jackal. Leopards also naturally roam the area and large game species such as Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, gemsbok, eland and springbok, that were historically found within the area, have been reintroduced to join the existing kudu.

The easiest route from Cape Town is via Ceres. From here, you head north on the R46 for 40km and then take the R355 towards Calvinia. After approximately 70km, turn right on the P2250 towards Middelpos and continue for a further 75km to reach the Park Offices at Roodewerf. 

If touring from the north, Continue for 50km, turn left onto the P2267 and continue for a further 55km to reach Roodewerf. The R355, P2250 and P2267 are gravelroads, as are all the roads in the Park. However, most are navigable with a two-wheel drive vehicle.

Tankwa Karoo National Park is still in a developmental and land consolidation phase. As such, the Park offers limited visitor facilities, signage and other amenities. Tankwa is a place of solitude and vast horizons. The nights are profoundly quiet with a lavish display of stars. It is a priceless addition to our National Parks system.

Tankwa is an amazing place - unlike anywhere else. The staff were friendly and went out of their way to make our stay a happy one, Including helping to change a flat tire. Don't expect luxury, although it's certainly very comfortable and the pool was a blessing. Really enjoyed our stay.

STEVE RENECLE

Perfect accommodation. Clean and well presented. Have recommended it to my friends.

Annette van de wall

A wonderful place to visit. Open spaces, friendly staff. Special area.

DavidDR MOORE

What a unbelievable experience. We live in SA and don't known what beautiful places we have got. Accommodation was very nice and the people so friendly and helpful. We loved the place.

Jacques Viviers

We had a great 2 days in the Tankwa Park, when we arrived at the reception it was to hear that we were the only people booked in the Langkloof Campsite. On asking the receptionist if there were people in the Perdekloof campsite she informed us that there were and when we asked if we could relocate to the Perdekloof campsite within a couple of minutes she had arranged this and we were on our way.The stay was great we did most of the drives and the 4 x 4 routes to the lookout points which were magnificent.The only grip we have, is that we did the Watervlei 4 x 4 route and this was fine as far as the Escarpment look out point and then after that the route just disappears. This route has not been maintained, and therefore we had to turn around and could not complete the course which made our traveling day at least 3 hours short.It would be great if this route could be maintained.

Geoff Broadley

Tankwa Breathtakingly beautiful. Great position! Just the right level of simplicity.What worked.*The bed*The Crisp clean linen*The Shower and bathroom generally*The cleanliness+The plunge pool*The furniture generally*Reception*RoadsWhat didn't work;LACK OF MAINTAINANCE!!!!!!!!PLEASE DONT LET SOMETHING SO WELL DESIGNED AND BUILT, BECOME DERELICT.(Front Door lock almost falling off, Cracked glass window in Bedroom, Small window in bedroom stay falling off, Louvres at the top of the building falling out,plaster falling off walls esp. next to bathroom,One of the front windows cracking at the corner mitre and fixed with a pc. of metal.Doors and windows no longer fit in frames) How about appointing a maintainance person whose sole job would be to fix the small but rapidly growing list of to do's!Thank you for a great stay.Louise and Terry

Terry Ravenscroft

Accommodation options

Informal Camping

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Nov 2016 — 31 Oct 2017 R 120 R 6 R 30 15 people
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- Accessible only by 2x4/4x4 - No ablutions or water - 4x4 advisable in rainy seasons.

Formal Camping

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
17 Mar 2017 — 30 Apr 2017 R 340 R 140 R 70 6 people
01 May 2017 — 31 Jul 2017 R 295 R 140 R 70 6 people
01 Aug 2017 — 07 Oct 2017 R 340 R 140 R 70 6 people
08 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 R 295 R 140 R 70 6 people
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- Campsites - Bathroom: shower, basin, and seperate toilets - Kitchen (no utensils and no cooking facilities) - Braai facilities supplied - Carport - No electrical points - 4x4 advisable in rainy seasons. 

De Zyfer Cottage CO4/6

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
17 Mar 2017 — 30 Apr 2017 R 750 R 240 R 120 4 people
01 May 2017 — 31 Jul 2017 R 685 R 240 R 120 4 people
01 Aug 2017 — 07 Oct 2017 R 750 R 240 R 120 4 people
08 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 R 685 R 240 R 120 4 people
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- Two bedrooms each with a double bed - Bathroom - Kitchen - Living area - Fully equipped - No Smoking.

Paulshoek Cottage CO6

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
17 Mar 2017 — 30 Apr 2017 R 750 R 240 R 120 4 people
01 May 2017 — 31 Jul 2017 R 685 R 240 R 120 4 people
01 Aug 2017 — 07 Oct 2017 R 750 R 240 R 120 4 people
08 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 R 685 R 240 R 120 4 people
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Two bedrooms: one double bed and one single bed per room - One bathroom - Open plan kitchen and living room - Fully equipped - No smoking.  

Tanqua Guest House Unit 1 GH2

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
17 Mar 2017 — 30 Apr 2017 R 750 - - 2 people
01 May 2017 — 31 Jul 2017 R 685 - - 2 people
01 Aug 2017 — 07 Oct 2017 R 750 - - 2 people
08 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 R 685 - - 2 people
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- One ensuite bedroom with a double bed - Braai facilities - Kitchen - Fully equipped - living area with a fire place.

Varschfontein Cottage CO9

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
17 Mar 2017 — 30 Apr 2017 R 750 R 240 R 120 9 people
01 May 2017 — 31 Jul 2017 R 685 R 240 R 120 9 people
01 Aug 2017 — 07 Oct 2017 R 750 R 240 R 120 9 people
08 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 R 685 R 240 R 120 9 people
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- Three bedrooms: two bed with one double bed and one single bed per room. - One bathroom - Open plan kitchen and living room - Braai facilities - Reservoir for swimming - Fridge - Hotplate  - Sink - Utensils - No Smoking.

Cottage CO2/4

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
17 Mar 2017 — 30 Apr 2017 R 1,295 - - 4 people
01 May 2017 — 31 Jul 2017 R 1,185 - - 4 people
01 Aug 2017 — 07 Oct 2017 R 1,295 - - 4 people
08 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 R 1,185 - - 4 people
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- One bedroom with a double bed - Bathroom - Kitchen and living area - Fully equipped - Splash pool - Braai facilities - Fireplace - No Smoking.

Tanqua Family Cottage FA8

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
17 Mar 2017 — 30 Apr 2017 R 1,295 R 240 R 120 6 people
01 May 2017 — 31 Jul 2017 R 1,185 R 240 R 120 6 people
01 Aug 2017 — 07 Oct 2017 R 1,295 R 240 R 120 6 people
08 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 R 1,185 R 240 R 120 6 people
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- One ensuite bedroom with a double bed - Three bedrooms with two single beds - Fully equipped kitchen - Living area - Braai facilities - No smoking - WC, shower and bath.

Tanqua Guest House Units 2 & 3 GH4

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
17 Mar 2017 — 30 Apr 2017 R 1,295 - - 4 people
01 May 2017 — 31 Jul 2017 R 1,185 - - 4 people
01 Aug 2017 — 07 Oct 2017 R 1,295 - - 4 people
08 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 R 1,185 - - 4 people
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- Two bedrooms: one with two single beds and one with one double bed - bathroom - Braai facilities - Kitchen - Fully equipped - Living area with fire place - No smoking. 

Elandsberg Family Cottage FA6

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
17 Mar 2017 — 30 Apr 2017 R 1,610 R 240 R 120 12 people
01 May 2017 — 31 Jul 2017 R 1,490 R 240 R 120 12 people
01 Aug 2017 — 07 Oct 2017 R 1,610 R 240 R 120 12 people
08 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 R 1,490 R 240 R 120 12 people
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-Three cottages: one bedroom with a double bed - One universal unit with a double bed - Two bedroom cottage:  with a double bed in one room and with a single bed in another - Bathroom - Open plan kitchen and living room -Stoep and Braai - Splash pool per unit - Fully equipped - No Smoking.

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