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Tankwa Park Office GPS co-ordinates

Unread postby Henvon » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:57 am

Can anyone please help me with the GPS co-ordinates of the Park Office at Tankwa or even the closest gate entrance?

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Re: Tankwa Park Office GPS co-ordinates

Unread postby letsiec » Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:15 pm

Hi there,

Our Park offices' coordinates at Roodewerf is as follows:

S32°14'27.9"
E20°05'44.5"

A map with directions, major access points and coordinates (for the offices) are available on our website under http://www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa/tourism/get_there.php .

Please note that there are no formal/manned gates at present and we therefore direct visitors to the park offices for booking in, keys, permits, etc.

Please feel free to contact me should you require any further information.

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Re: Tankwa Park Office GPS co-ordinates

Unread postby gavinsmith » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:02 pm

Do we need Tracks for Africa, or will our standard Garmin GPS find your office?

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Re: Tankwa Park Office GPS co-ordinates

Unread postby Hugh » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:53 pm

Really cant miss the office its the only thing there !!!
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Re: Tankwa Park Office GPS co-ordinates

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:15 pm

Here is a work in Progress

http://www.ntc-global.net/ge/Tankwa.kmz


Its no complete yet, but does have all the accommodation and park offices

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Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP

Unread postby canon » Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:45 pm

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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Re: Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP

Unread postby MATTHYS » Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:18 pm

Looking forward to another Canon TR 8) !

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.
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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.
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Re: Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP

Unread postby proacc » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:17 am

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.

Enjoy !!

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Re: Advice and Info required about Tankwa Karoo NP

Unread postby shfish » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:45 pm

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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Tanqua info please

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:24 pm

We are going to Tanqua next weekend and have booked a Tankwa F8.

Is it situated at Tanqua Guesthouse? If not where?

Are the internasl roads 'signposted'?

Where could I see Cape Eagle Owl?

How best do you get there from Ceres?

Any other info that could be useful, like drinking water etc.

Thanks in anticipation.
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Re: Tanqua info please

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:35 pm

We are going to Tanqua next weekend and have booked a Tankwa F8.

Is it situated at Tanqua Guesthouse? If not where?

We almost beat you booking it, BB :wink: and from what I could see, F8 is not part of the 800sq m building/'guest house', but near to it.
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I might be wrong though.

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Re: Tanqua info please

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:49 pm

Please see Canon's 8) TR for more Park info and rather not enter the Park from the northern side.
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Re: Tanqua info please

Unread postby shfish » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:23 pm

Hi BB
I've spent quite a bit of time in Tankwa but I confess I've never been to F8. Matthys is probably right in saying it is close to the Guesthouse as that's the only part of Tankwa I haven't travelled.
The roads in the park are not well signposted - you need to keep your eyes peeled when on the lesser used tracks. My first visit to Tankwa I arrived at about 5pm and finally got to Varschfontein at 10pm in the PITCH dark. I advise that you download the map off this website as the map that reception will give you will probably be a copy of a copy of a copy! :shock:
I'm afraid I haven't seen a Cape Eagle Owl there...loads of Spotted's. But your best bet is to approach any of the abandoned old buildings quietly and you may be in luck to find your owl inside.
From Ceres you will proceed up the R355 which is usually in good nick but don't be tempted to exceed 80 kph as this road is notorious for eating tyres (of those that speed). After abpout 70ks (I think) you turn to the right at a very obvious SANP's signpost. The road continues for quite some distance through absolute desolation/gravel plains but again is in good nick. Finally you'll find the reception on your right, all well signposted.
Take drinking water with you, the water there is very brackish.
By the way, you should find out if you need to report to Reception or whether you can go straight to F8 as Tankwa Guesthouse is about 30 ks short of the reception.

Enjoy the trip and give us a report!

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Re: Tanqua info please

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:33 pm

THanks a lot Matthys & shfish. :thumbs_up:

I have done a bit more research and already downloaded the map.

We will be leaveing very early so going to reception will be treated as driving round the park.

Thanks for the advice particularely the CAE, but I fear that they are mountain loving birds, and the tyre eating roads.

I will report back (as usual).

Can one do one's own night drives? Mind you shf, you had to do one. :wink:
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Re: Tanqua info please

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:56 pm

Thanks for the info shfish 8) .

Can one do one's own night drives?

Ahemmm....since you will be there early :wink: , not.
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Travelling times: There are restricted travelling times in the park. No travelling is permitted within Tankwa National Park during the following times:
1 October to 31 March 19:00 – 05:30
1 April to 30 September 18:00 – 06:30
Exemption granted to visitors arriving on a Friday by no later than 21:00 at reception, to travel by means of most direct route to the reception and from the reception to their booked accommodation.
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