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Re: Road to Tankwa

Unread postby Indiajane » Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:06 pm

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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Re: Road to Tankwa

Unread postby silvia » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:11 pm

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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Re: Road to Tankwa

Unread postby Kigalia » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:59 am

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. :)
September is known (to them) as "Sausage Tree", because at this time the sausage tree (kigalia africana) begins to bear fruit.

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Re: Road to Tankwa

Unread postby Kigalia » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:20 am

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.
September is known (to them) as "Sausage Tree", because at this time the sausage tree (kigalia africana) begins to bear fruit.

* A Tribal Survey of Mongalla Province (1957) - LF Nalder; ed.

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Re: Road to Tankwa

Unread postby silvia » Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:37 am

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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Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby django » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:59 am

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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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby picnic » Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:14 pm

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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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby django » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:40 am

Thanks Picnic! We will take great care. Funnily, I am sure we read somewhere that we were meant to make the tyres softer. But that must be for sand, I guess.

We were considering approaching the park via Matjiesfontein and take the Onder Karoo road. This looked the quickest way from Cape Town but everyone seems to go via Ceres. What's wrong with the route we were thinking of?! Can anyone help?

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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby picnic » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:29 am

Django I would also take the route from Matjiesfontein. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby gatita » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:47 pm

Django why do you want to drive all the way to Matjiesfontein?

You could exit the N1 towards Wellington and drive the R 301 - a very nice and scenic mountain road (but small and curvy) - according to google the fastest route - or exit at Rawsonville and take the R 43 to stay on major routes. Both drives take about 2 hours.

Stay over in Ceres, do your shopping and fill up before you leave for Tankwa. You could do the trip easily in one day from Cape Town but after a long flight I would not suggest it. You have to drive about 180 kms on gravel road from Ceres to Tankwa.

Spend the money and rent a 4x4. We did the trip last year with a 2x4 and regretted it. Many roads in Tankwa are 4x4 and we did not dare to drive them. Even the sedan roads were in rather bad condition after some rains.

Enjoy your trip. Elandsberg is a very nice place.

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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby picnic » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:58 pm

The road from Ceres do not have many traffic on it , if you get stuck you will be there for a while other than that it is a good road.

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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby agincourt jasmine » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:39 am

Hope this will be of interest.

We visited Tankwa Karoo from the UK in January 2011. After a couple of days in Capetown we drove to Tankwa, stopping at Ceres on the way for lunch and supplies. We travelled in a Nissan XTrail 4 X 2 which we hired in SA. We had a puncture on the way in! The parks staff were very helpful but our tyre was unrepairable and we had to get a new one from Ceres. We had a spare which we put on but were very reluctant to travel anywhere without a spare. A new tyre was brought out to us on our last day. It made us very wary. Next time we go we will have a 4 X 4. As a PS, we took out insurance in UK to cover our excess and it was brilliant. Our experience hasn't put us off Tankwa Karoo but feel that it is a park where you need to make sure that you have everything you need and more besides because of the roads! We visit SA every year. Twice if we can manage it! Roll on 6th February 2013.

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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby icurrie » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:06 pm

Hi django

We've just returned from Tankwa and although we had no 'wheel' problems I can honestly say that I have never driven on such bad roads. I grew up in rural KwaZulu Natal and regularly had to travel on really bad roads, have been to KTP three times (notorious for bad roads) and I have NEVER seen anything like it. Although we loved Tankwa we will not be going back as the roads were just not worth it. The dirt road from Ceres wasn't too bad - quite good in most places as dirt roads go - but after the turn off to Tankwa up to the reception area the road was truly bad. We were in a 2x4 Hyundai which coped with the roads ok but Phew! it was bad. Most of the time we were travelling at between 10 and 20km/h and that was as fast as the corrugations would allow. On the way out we left from Elandsberg towards Calvina and it took us much longer than expected purely because of the state of the roads. Now, I know that this is rural Africa and having grown up in SA I did not expect smooth roads but these roads did take the biscuit. Having said all that Tankwa was beautiful and the peace was astonishing - just wish it wasn't such a pain to get to .... but then maybe there wouldn't be such peace and quiet. :doh: Enjoy your time there :thumbs_up:
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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby django » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:22 pm

Thank you all contributors for this very useful information and expectation management. We will have what the hire car company terms "an intermediate SUV". I can't tell if it is a 2x4 or a 4x4 but either way it will have high clearance and (hopefully) robust tyres. We use Holiday Autos with their very convenient excess coverage.

2 years ago we went beyond Clanwilliam up to Oudrif and we thought the roads were bad there, we clearly have a lot to learn. (By the way, on that trip we went to stay at a corbelled house called Stuurmansfontein, "close" to Williston, which was absolutely the most beautiful and remote place we have ever been to. We can strongly recommend it. Afterwards, we went to the Karoo National Park and it felt like a teeming metropolis, particularly given you can see the lights of Beaufort West from there.)

Can anyone give us any information about the route from Elandsberg to Middelpos? Is that completely treacherous too?

Thanks!!

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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby Trailcam-Jez » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:34 pm

I've just returned from four days in Tankwa and found the roads to be in very good condition. We entered from the Matjiesfontein/Sutherland side and exited the same way. Its obvious that they have been worked on recently. You won't have any problem in an intermediate SUV but obviously time, and rain, could impact on the condition of the roads.


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