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 Post subject: Tanqua info please
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:24 pm 
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We are going to Tanqua next weekend and have booked a Tankwa F8.

Is it situated at Tanqua Guesthouse? If not where?

Are the internasl roads 'signposted'?

Where could I see Cape Eagle Owl?

How best do you get there from Ceres?

Any other info that could be useful, like drinking water etc.

Thanks in anticipation.

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 Post subject: Re: Tanqua info please
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We are going to Tanqua next weekend and have booked a Tankwa F8.

Is it situated at Tanqua Guesthouse? If not where?

We almost beat you booking it, BB :wink: and from what I could see, F8 is not part of the 800sq m building/'guest house', but near to it.
See the virtual tours here.
I might be wrong though.

Looking forward to a detailed TR 8) !

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 Post subject: Re: Tanqua info please
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Please see Canon's 8) TR for more Park info and rather not enter the Park from the northern side.

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 Post subject: Re: Tanqua info please
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Hi BB
I've spent quite a bit of time in Tankwa but I confess I've never been to F8. Matthys is probably right in saying it is close to the Guesthouse as that's the only part of Tankwa I haven't travelled.
The roads in the park are not well signposted - you need to keep your eyes peeled when on the lesser used tracks. My first visit to Tankwa I arrived at about 5pm and finally got to Varschfontein at 10pm in the PITCH dark. I advise that you download the map off this website as the map that reception will give you will probably be a copy of a copy of a copy! :shock:
I'm afraid I haven't seen a Cape Eagle Owl there...loads of Spotted's. But your best bet is to approach any of the abandoned old buildings quietly and you may be in luck to find your owl inside.
From Ceres you will proceed up the R355 which is usually in good nick but don't be tempted to exceed 80 kph as this road is notorious for eating tyres (of those that speed). After abpout 70ks (I think) you turn to the right at a very obvious SANP's signpost. The road continues for quite some distance through absolute desolation/gravel plains but again is in good nick. Finally you'll find the reception on your right, all well signposted.
Take drinking water with you, the water there is very brackish.
By the way, you should find out if you need to report to Reception or whether you can go straight to F8 as Tankwa Guesthouse is about 30 ks short of the reception.

Enjoy the trip and give us a report!


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 Post subject: Re: Tanqua info please
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THanks a lot Matthys & shfish. :thumbs_up:

I have done a bit more research and already downloaded the map.

We will be leaveing very early so going to reception will be treated as driving round the park.

Thanks for the advice particularely the CAE, but I fear that they are mountain loving birds, and the tyre eating roads.

I will report back (as usual).

Can one do one's own night drives? Mind you shf, you had to do one. :wink:

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Thanks for the info shfish 8) .

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Can one do one's own night drives?

Ahemmm....since you will be there early :wink: , not.
See General Information, BB.
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Travelling times: There are restricted travelling times in the park. No travelling is permitted within Tankwa National Park during the following times:
1 October to 31 March 19:00 – 05:30
1 April to 30 September 18:00 – 06:30
Exemption granted to visitors arriving on a Friday by no later than 21:00 at reception, to travel by means of most direct route to the reception and from the reception to their booked accommodation.

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 Post subject: Re: Tanqua info please
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Thanks Matthys, oh well it will be too cold anyway......

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I see F8 has an indoor fireplace, BB. Enjoy :mrgreen: and just remember to take enough wood !

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Hi BB

I do believe that you are allowed to walk around the park at night( if you can bear the cold ). I always take a stroll into the veld at night in the hope of seeing the "phantom" aardvark. It's said that if you're ever going to see an Aardvark, it's most likely to be in the Tankwa. So take a good spotlight and you may see something far more elusive than the Cape Eagle O! :D


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:thumbs_up: My only aardvark sighting was at about 2 in the morning north of Kenhard on a dirt road detour en route to Kgalagadi. We also saw 2 honey badgers and a few smaller things in the headlights. The night is alive.


Thanks for the tip shf!

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 Post subject: Re: Tanqua info please
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I have never been to the Tankwa which camp will be the best Langkloof or Perdekloof?

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Hi jfh
The common problem with both these venues is that SANPs have put the campsites right on top of each other. So to really experience the remoteness you need to book the whole venue for yourself. Langkloof has only two sites, I think Perdekloof has six, so I guess you need to book out Langkloof. I've stayed at both and I far prefer Langkloof but they both offer the same sort of hikes, drives, etc. Remember you need a vehicle with a bit of clearance to comfortably get to these sites.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanqua info please
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Thanks

It's the remoteness thing that is the problem.
Just to get my wife to go camping in the "bush" is complicated.
I need to get the best of both worlds.
When we went to the Rightersvelt I had to make sure that we were not alone.
Luckily she enjoyed the Kgalagadi so much that I couldn't get her to pack up.
It is a work in progress.

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 Post subject: Re: Tanqua info please
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Hi jfh

Fair enough, our womenfolk worry about us...they think we're going to have a heart attack and there's nobody around to assist :| .
I think you may have a problem - these two camps, although only about 10-15 ks from reception, give the impression of being very remote. With due respect to Tankwa NP that offers superb sites, I think you should consider one of the privately owned campsites in the Tankwa Karroo. There you are usually not far away from the host's farmhouse.
There's an old Bushman saying that goes "If you take a women to the Kgalagadi, she will always want go back". My wife has proven this point.


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I don't think I have to go that far.
My wife enjoyed the Rightersveld and we were only 3 groups.
I'm just worried that Langkloof will be too small and possibly only us ( then I will get it :sniper: ), but also that Perdekloof will be too crowded.
This will be in the April school holidays. :(

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