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 Post subject: Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:45 pm 
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SO and I will be visiting the Tankwa Karoo NP for four nights over the Easter Weekend. Having never been there I would appreciate some advice, info and photographs so that we can be properly prepared. We will be staying at Biejiesfontein for the first night and then for three nights at Langkloof No 1 campsite.

1. How far can one drive up the valley beyond the Langkloof campsite - we have a Landy Defender?
2. What game, if any is one likely to encounter in the Langkloof valley?
3. It appears as though the two campsites at Langkloof are very close to each other - is this correct?
4. Will we be able to tow an off-road trailer to the Langkloof campsite?
5. I would really appreciate any recent photographs of Langkloof campsite to be posted here.
6. Is fire wood available at reception?

Your replies and input will be greatly appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:18 pm 
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canon wrote:
3. It appears as though the two campsites at Langkloof are very close to each other - is this correct?

I think they are, Canon.
See what shfish posted :
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Hi Jimbo
I camped at Langkloof earlier this year. It was an extraordinary experience - it's almost as good as camping in one of the unfenced camps in Kgalagadi for the absolute solitude ( without the lion adrenaline rush).
You've probably worked it out by now, but to confirm, there are just two campsites, each with a very comfy toilet/bathroom and kitchen. Only problem is, for some peculiar reason SANPs put the two campsites right on top of each other. So if you're trying to get away from humanity, I recommend that you book both camp sites to keep it all to yourself. This also applies to Perdekloof campsite.
Enjoy the peace....and the night sky is unbelievable!

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 Post subject: Re: Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:17 am 
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Hi, Canon

We have been to Langkloof many times and it is amazing !! I will try to answer your questions.

1. Not very far - in fact you can actually walk (or drive) the last bit (roughly a kilometer) and then the road is blocked off by rocks and another river crossing.
2. If you are lucky you might see eland (depends which part of the park they are grazing), hear the baboons, but apart from that not much. We were lucky last time to see what seemed like leopard (big yellow eyes staring at us for a brief moment and then running off) very early one morning. The same happened the following night.
3. Yes, they are very close. What we always do, is to book both sites and have the whole place to yourself.
4. Definitely, we had off-road trailers each time we visited. There is one river crossing on the way in where you have to take it a bit slower, but nothing serious. The water is normally just a trickle and some small rocks to get over.
5. Technically I'm a bit disadvantaged, but I can mail you some photos of the campsite. Pls send me your e-mail address.
6. Firewood is available at reception, but I would suggest taking some of your own, if possible.

As you are probably aware the roads are known for causing punctures, so be prepared and take your tyre kit with you. No fuel available in park either.

The facilities are excellent - flush toilets, clear running water straight from the windpump and hot gas heated showers.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:45 pm 
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Hi Canon

Apologies I'm only addressing your post now. Please give us a report on your return...I'm very fond of Tankwa!
By the way, on my last stay at Langkloof, I set up a camera trap at the little water pool at the river crossing just above the campsite. Managed to capture jackal, African wildcat, common duiker and a striped polecat...but no leopard!!


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 Post subject: Re: Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP
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shfish wrote:
Hi Canon

Apologies I'm only addressing your post now. Please give us a report on your return...I'm very fond of Tankwa!
By the way, on my last stay at Langkloof, I set up a camera trap at the little water pool at the river crossing just above the campsite. Managed to capture jackal, African wildcat, common duiker and a striped polecat...but no leopard!!


Hi shfish

Click http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=79713 for my TR

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 Post subject: Re: Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:25 pm 
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Hi Canon
Thanks for the reminder, but I've viewed your TR again and again, just to remind myself of the beauty of the place. Your images are fantastic - a true reflection of the Tankwa. Did you guys also feel a presence whenever you entered those delapidated old farm buildings? Some people camp inside them for shelter....not me I'm afraid :shock:
The first timewifey and I visited Tankwa we were coming down from KTP heading home to CT. We had made a reservation for Varschfontein. Assuming that the entrance to Tankwa was at the area where the park overlaps the R355, we took our time coming down after stocking up at Upington, thinking we only had about 600 kms to cover in the day. We found to our dismay that the entrance to Tankwa was about 80 ks further South on the R355, then one heads about 50ks NE before arriving at the reception. We got there late, about 6pm, but thankfully the staff came out allow us access. To our further dismay, we then leant it was another 42 kms to Varschfontein. Wifey was almost in tears, suggesting that we pitch our tent right there in the reception parking area. I opened a couple of beers, told wifey to down them and on we went. We got hopelessly lost, initially going most of the way up Ganagaus Pass before realizing our mistake. Then we came back down onto the plains and eventually arrived at a gate on the fence of the R355 that we had passed about 5 HOURS earlier. This brought wifey to tears. I got out the 1.5 million candle power spotlight and surveyed the surroundings - it was like holding a match in the Cango caves. Half an hour later at 10pm we saw a white building in the headlights - VARSCHFONTEIN!

The next morn we could appreciate the territory but unfortunately I'd used so much fuel we couldn't really drive around. That's why I've been back. And again. And again. ( Without wifey)


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 Post subject: Re: Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:50 pm 
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Hello, I would like to know what time of year is the best to visit Tankwa. We have ground tents and don't what to be too much in the rain season. We thought of October/November or March/April. Do we have to do our booking a year in advance as for KNP and Kgalagadi? and how many nights will you recommended.

O, this will be our first visit to the park.


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