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 Post subject: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:15 am 
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We visited Tankwa National Park for the first time last year and planning to again after our end of August 2013 trip to KTP.

I have not seen a thread relating to Tankwa and thought it would be a good idea to start one for all to contirbute and all to learn a little more about this amazing Park. Sorry if there is one already on the site, but I couldn't find anything.

Our trip was limited to 2 night at Elandberg Wilderness Camp - beautiful place !!!

I will add some images of our trip and hope others can add of the other camps etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:20 am 
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Looking forward to reading all about it :)

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
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Hi Shane,

Tankwa falls under Cape Parks Forum..........have a look there, there is some interesting topics on Tankwa. :thumbs_up:

I do know your photos and inset will be highly valued, please do post!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
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lion queen - Thanks !

Didn't realise it was supose to be in that section. The only reason why I thought it would be in Arid Parks is because it appears in 'The Arid Parks Captured Experience' book. Hope I didn't cause any unrest with other mites :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
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Not a problem Shane :gflower: Looking forward to seeing your pics

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
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Thanks Dotty.

I see there is quite a bit of info. on Tankwa so I will have to basically post images. Hopefully sharing them will give you a little more insight into the Park.

We were in Elandsberg Wilderness Camp for 2 night last year. A beautiful place:

View of unit no. 2, from our unit no. 3:

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Unit no. 3:

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The entrance side:

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
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Wow Shane.......... :clap: :clap: :clap: .........as usual your photos make we want to go visit Tankwa!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
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One of the biggest problems with Elandberg are the Bees that come to drink at the pool. There are thousands of them and it makes swimming impossible. Although the following image looks great, I promise you cannot get into the water (thats if you scare of Bees like we are):

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Hundreds drown, so Tracy's early morning job was to ensure the pool is covered and the Bees cannot get to it (many do anyway):

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
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Thanks Lion queen !!!

The cottage interior is superb. Comfortable and all the space you need ...............

Dinning room and lounge, looking towards Kitchen:

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View from Lounge out to the Tankwa Plains:

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A real gem!!!........so sad about the bees though!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
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From the wilderness camp there is a great walk to the top of Elandsberg.

The walk up:

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View over the Tankwa plains from the view point at the top:

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I am sure you are aware that Tankwa Park was old farm land. Some of the ruins:

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Wow. Amazing pics! What vehicle did you use? Were the roads ok?

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
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Morning Graham, thanks for the complement.

Went up in my Audi A4, roads were fine. I wouldn't try the Gannaga Pass in sedan though - a little tricky. I do know that after some winter storms the roads become very bad and sedans tend to get stuck in the mud - keep that in mind.

Just give the main reception a ring before going, they will advise whether road are diveable (that's if you don't have a 4x4).

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 Post subject: Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?
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Although I did try the Gannaga Pass, I only got halfway up before deciding to turn back. A 4x4 is certainly adviseable.

Image looking back toward the Tankwa plains from the pass:

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