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 Post subject: Road to Tankwa
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:10 pm 
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Hi,
I need help!!! :pray:
I found two possibles: ways from Cape Town to Tankwa:
1) Cape Town - Ceres - Tankwa
2) Cape Town - Worcester - Touwsrivier - Tankwa

I know, the second one is longer than the first, bust it's almost all N1.

Could anyone suggest me the better way?

Thank you very much

Silvia


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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:12 pm 
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silvia - wish I could help you - but we traveled from Gauteng.
We had a similar choice and decided on the shorter route - the dirt roads were fine just very slippery because of the rain we had.

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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
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Thank you Moggiedog,
I think you're right there are 80 km of difference! Even the roads will not so fine it's about one hour!


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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
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Knowing both roads, I will rather opt for the shorter one via Ceres as it is in my opinion a more scenic route to travel than the one via Worcester/Touwsrivier. And the route via Ceres is also on very good tar surface.

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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
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You have convinced me! CERES :thumbs_up:
Thank you very much


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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
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Hi Silvia

Also prefer the Ceres road

and also make 100 % sure about your spare tyre to be prepared for the dirt road

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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
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On my trip to Tankwa, an emergency tyre repair kit (in a can) or tyre weld, came in very handy.
I drive a SUV frontwheel drive and i found the roads generally good but there are sections that are very bad. This was a year ago though so I don't know what its like now.

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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
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Does anyone know the best route/road that links the northern Cederberg/Clanwilliam to Tankwa Karoo National Park?
Any advice, recommendations, or insight would be highly appreciated. :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:06 pm 
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We are going to Tankwa next weekend for the first time and I keep reading about a terrible road that seems to cause a huge amount of punctures - it would be good to be warned in advance which road this is! Is there an alternative?


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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:11 pm 
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Indiajane wrote:
We are going to Tankwa next weekend for the first time and I keep reading about a terrible road that seems to cause a huge amount of punctures - it would be good to be warned in advance which road this is! Is there an alternative?


HI
How was the road? I'll be in Tnakwa nex month! :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:59 am 
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Hi,

We are on our way to Tankwa for the weekend. I am sure that one of us will keep you updated on that wonderful Park's roads. On average as long as you stay on the road and do not pull off the tyres should be safe from the shale that so loves tyres.........

Must say not to sure about the 10dgs tomorrow and the -1dgs tonight. Oh what the heck we are all survivors and will throughly enjoy the time in the Park. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
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Hi S, apologies :redface: but we have been away longer than I expected. The roads are not bad at all even though there is corrugations. The turn off from the Ceres Calvinia road has been worked on. If it is wet / rainy you will have to drive slowly. The flowers on the Paulshoek road are really worth goiing to see. Take care and enjoy our wonderful Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Road to Tankwa
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Thank Kigalia!
I'm looking forward to see the Park. :P
Next Sunday at this time we should be on the road to Tankwa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :dance:
Have a nice day


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 Post subject: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access
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My wife and I visit the Cape Province every February for a couple of weeks. We love the SA National Parks and after an adventurous trip to the Cederberg and the "hard man's Karoo" a couple of years ago have booked for 4 nights at Tankwa Karoo (Elandsberg) in Feb 2013.

We have investigated the forums and the web in general re access and road condition etc but would appreciate advice re type of vehicle/route etc. We are flying in to Cape Town airport arriving on an early morning flight on a Sunday and currently are planning to spend one night in Majitsfontein and then drive to Tankwa via Sutherland. It is expensive to hire a 4 wheel drive/high clearance vehicle but we think we may need to do it; web reports refer to burst tyres and the suggestion of several spares - difficult to arrange via Holiday Autos (our preferred supplier).

Any views/advice would be very welcome.


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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:14 pm 
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You can also have a look here. Hope it can be of any help. :)
The gravel road can damage the tires sometimes because of sharp rocks. Some advise I got was, you need to pump the tires very hard to keep the sidewalls away from the sharp rocks. When the tires are to soft they make a bubble on the side and can get a cut very easily (The side is the softest part of the tire). Other than that try to avoid sharp rocks. :wink:
I don't think you need a high ground clearance vehicle for the trip.

Still enough planning time till Feb 2013. :thumbs_up:


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