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Tankwa Karoo NP: INFO

Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa Karoo, West Coast
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Unread postby Jay » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:14 pm

look at all that wide open space...*sigh*

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Unread postby restio » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:19 pm

Beautiful! Thanks, Reinette and Letsie.
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Unread postby Stoffel » Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:47 pm

restio wrote:I would go with c or d, as daytime temps of 46C :big_eyes: would be more bearable with a pool. Paraffin lamps would be fine by me.


I second Restio's opinion.
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Unread postby Bentony » Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:54 pm

If one wanted to see the wild flowers in Tankwa when would be the best time of year to go up?
An I also right in thinking that they offer horse safaris? Is so, is it possible to do both at the same time or is it still too cold? :?

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Unread postby restio » Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:53 am

Bentony, the exact timing depends on the rain. I doubt they offer horse safaris - see below.

SANParks website wrote:The Tankwa Karoo National Park is designated as a Scientific National Park, and as such offers no visitor facilities. The park is not open to the public as a rule, but through direct contact with the park management, special entry permission can be requested. However with panoramic views over semi-desert landscapes bursting into a flower paradise during August and September while the spectacular Roggeveld mountains lurks on the horizon and the Rhenoster River flowing through the park, this is a magnificent part of South Africa nobody want to miss. Only two Southern African regions have been bestowed the honour of designation as Biodiversity Hotspots by Conservation International. One is of course the Cape Floral Kingdom, and the other the Succulent Karoo.
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Unread postby reinette » Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:19 pm

It should be round about August - September. The same as for Namaqualand. As Restio said, it all depends on the rain. You can always contact the park. The people on the ground will be able to help with your question. :)

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Unread postby Bentony » Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:49 pm

thanks Reinette.
I am very keen to see flowers, but the idea of being thronged in by crowds in namaqualand swarming like honey bees from flower to flower is not my idea of a good time. Last time we were up there it was speeding cars, tour buses and wall to wall nikons and canons (the type that go click, not the type that go boom) and my husband has refused to go up ever since. Thus maybe now I can persuade him to give it another go. The farmhouses in Tankwa also look lovely - a real blast from the past, a bit like Punda Maria in Kruger. :D

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Unread postby dianne » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:55 pm

New accommodation info added to the website
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Unread postby restio » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:58 pm

Wow - sounds great, Di! :D
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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:33 am

Thanks Di. Might just be staying over when birding that general area at the beginning of Feb 2008
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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:19 am

Anyone have a map of Tankwa NP they could email me or maybe post here?
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Unread postby dianne » Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:12 pm

Hi Francois

I'll see what I can find out for you-I've just received new maps and am going to put them up asap (not sure when that will be :roll: as I'm not out of the office again for almost a month)

I'll also mail you an e-mail address :wink:

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Unread postby gwendolen » Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:18 am

Have any forumites been to Tankwa NP yet? I'd love to see a trip report. 8)

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Unread postby reinette » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:16 pm

There is a beautiful article about the park in the Weg/Go Magazine of April.
Satara in Nov. Yippee!!!!!

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Unread postby gwendolen » Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:15 pm

Thanks for the heads up Reinette. :)

I think the article might be available online next month. If it is I will link to it for those who don't have Weg/Go.


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