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Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa Karoo, West Coast
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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby django » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:30 pm

Thanks again to everyone for your contributions!

It is now just over a week until our trip and I wonder if anyone has been recently via Ceres and knows what condition the roads are in at the moment? And what is the weather like?

I have sent an email to reception and am awaiting a reply.

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

Unread postby jaybabe » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:06 pm

Hi Django
We drove that route at the end of Sep 2012 after the winter rains and it was fine. We thought that if you cruized along at about 70kmph you would be fine any faster and you may pick up punctures. The roads in Tankwa varied - some good some rough We thoroughly enjoyed the empitness of the road from Ceres and really liked the Tankwa Farmstall on route. We only left Cape Town at about 9:00 and were at Elandsberg at about 3 .
What an awesome place I hope you have a fabulous time!
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Re: Tankwa Karoo visitor from UK - best route for access

Unread postby silvia.n » Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:06 pm

I had to put the usual question: 4x4 or not? :hmz:
I see the answers for Tankwa are various, does it depend on the season?
We will go at the end of December, the program is not yet defined but we would like to stay 2 or 3 nights, possibly in some informal camp.
So we have to decide between a 4x4 and a 4x2 (Toyota Hilux or similar), any suggestion?
In the website info on informal camps, where they say "4x4 advisable in rainy season", is it better to have a 4x4 anyway?

Another question: we will come from Cape Town (perhaps sleeping somewhere in between), and leave for Karoo NP: which route would you suggest for Karoo?

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

Unread postby silvia.n » Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:31 pm

Hi, at the end we decided to book a 4x4! :wink: we want to be able to go anywhere...

We will come in the morning from Cape Town and will have 3 nights in Tankwa: Skaapwagterspos, Biesjiesfontein and Steenkampshoek, then we will go to Karoo NP.
Do you think that filling up with petrol in Ceres will be enough for all? :hmz: I will check but I think the car will have a big tank.

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Tankwa access question Gannaga pass

Unread postby nicholaslemaitre » Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:15 pm

Hi there

I would like to know if it is possible to get from the Middlepos gate of the park to the Calvinia gate of the park without having to drive all the way around via Calvinia? I see that it is possible of Google Maps, but that's not always true and the park map shows that you have to cross private land after the Gannaga Pass.


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Re: Tankwa access question Gannaga pass

Unread postby Bushhappy » Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:55 pm

Yes, you can enter the park via the Gannaga pass and then go out via the gate in the north west. Shortly after leaving the pass you will get to the R355. If you turn right (northerly direction) you directly to Calvinia.
Send me a pm if you want specific directions.

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Re: Road condition to and in TANKWA national park?

Unread postby sarahjoe » Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:40 am

thanks for sharing the information its sound good must go there :)

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Re: Road to Tankwa

Unread postby jfh » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:56 pm

I'm off to the Tankwa over the Easter weekend and I have heard of all the tyre shredding. So I'm a bit worried. I've read all the comments but nowhere do I find what tyre pressure is recommended. Some say hard others say slightly deflated. I use all terrain tyres.
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Re: Road to Tankwa

Unread postby shfish » Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:30 pm

Hi jfh
The problem on this road is the shards of shale, so in my opinion it stands to reason that if you reduce your pressure you are exposing your tyre walls to these shards. I have driven these roads many times without problems. If you speed you are looking for trouble....this is where people come short. The road surface is often excellent so motorists are inclined to travel at 100 kph and up. DO NOT EXCEED 80 kph and you'll be fine especially with your AT's . Also, keep in the vehicle tracks already made.

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