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Camping in Tankwa Karoo

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Camping in Tankwa Karoo

Unread postby helenw » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:00 am

HI there. I am a new member and was hoping to get some advice on camping in the Tankwa Karoo. From what I've read one has to be totally self-sufficient which is no problem. I was wondering whether there is any shade at the campsites or any kind of water nearby any of them. My husband and I are planning to visit next month (February) when it is likely to be extremely hot.

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Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo

Unread postby Jembo » Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:53 pm

Hi there, Helenw... I've not been to the park myself but phoned a friend who has, although they stayed in chalets. He says there is not much meaningful shade but suggests that through Sanparks you seek the phone number of the resident curator/manager who will give you up-front info. Hope this helps.

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Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo

Unread postby helenw » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:07 am

Thanks Jembo. Will do that.

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Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:37 pm

Hi and warm welcome to the forums, Helenw :D .

Have you read Tankwa Karoo NP : INFO ?
It would be great if you could add an update there after your visit.

Enjoy the camping !
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Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo

Unread postby helenw » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:44 pm

Thanks for the welcome. Yes, I've read all I have been able to find - but very little info on camping. I shall defintely write a report after our visit there. We live in the lowveld, so excessive heat is nothing unusual - just nice to have shade if you can.
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Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:49 pm

Thank you, Helen.
With so little info available, your report will be very valuable.
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Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo

Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:38 pm

Helen, I am sure that this info provided by Ms. Letsie Coetzee, Section Ranger at Tankwa Karoo NP will be of help to you.
Thank you, Letsie ! :D

It is my pleasure to provide some more information on the camping available here at Tankwa National Park.

At present, we have 7 informal campsites scattered throughout the Park with no facilities, water, ablutions, etc., and thus campers have to be fully self-sufficient in this regard. Camping is allowed on a “what you bring in, you take out”-basis. I include a table below with a brief summary of each campsite’s specific attributes.
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We are also in the process of developing a campsite within the Perdekloof Section of the Park – EIA have been completed and awaiting final drawings before construction can commence. This will provide about 6-8 stands, each with their own ablutions.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me if any further information is required. Guests are also more than welcome to contact our office via the telephone number below and chat to Elmaré van Wyk, Duty Manager Tankwa National Park, or Juliana de Vries, Receptionist, or on the e-mail address tankwa@sanparks.org.

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Camping at Tankwa

Unread postby AVM » Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:39 pm

I want to book one of the caming sites in the Tankwa after the worst of the winter is over later this year. Are there anyone who can give some advice as to which camping sites are recommended. I am interested in Steenkampshoek but am open to suggestions.

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Re: Camping at Tankwa

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:59 pm

The road to Steenkampshoek (from the dirt road passing Paulshoek cottage) is really bad. I went to have a look at Steenkampshoek as I saw the road was marked 4x4 and I hoped for an interesting track. However it turned out not a 4x4 adventure at all but just very rocky and unpleasant to drive on.

Perdekloof is OK but on the other side of the river. It was dry when we were there but the ditch through which you drive is on the deep side so I suppose it can have some deep water in winter. However it was nice to drive through - short but good enough to select 4L.

We liked Elandsberg campsite and it would be my first choice of the three we visited. There is a 4x4 route in the vicinity of Elandsberg but we did not make time to investigate. Hope this helps a bit.
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Re: Camping at Tankwa

Unread postby AVM » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:52 pm

Dankie Weskusklong.
I note that Elandsberg is indicated on the map but not listed under accommodation as one of the camping sites, so there is no further detail. :huh: Can it be reached with a 4x4 trailer? Is the camping site one spot or are more than one campers allowed there? I assume there is also no water and facilities? :hmz:

Sorry for many questions, but this will be my first time visiting these sites. Maybe you have a pic or 2. Thanks

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Re: Camping at Tankwa

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:08 pm

Hi AVM,

Sorry no photos. :redface: Thing is all the sites are really insignificant - basically a bare patch in the veld. There are no facilities at all.

The campsites are all listed as "informal" and seeing that the Park is still under development I think there may be a few blunders on maps etc. For instance the Paulshoek cottage is way off the coordinates referenced on Google Earth.

I found a campsite at Elandsberg @ S32 11 55.9 E20 00 19.3 but Tracks 4 Africa indicates the Elandsberg site @ S32 11 55.9 E20 00 02.7 which is 430 m to the west of where we found the campsite. There are clear signs that people camped/made fire at the site we found so I'm a bit confused as well - sorry. It will easily accommodate a group with about three vehicles but definitely not for more than one booking. You can easily reach it with a car so your trailer will not be hassled at all.

Tankwa's roads are generally very good gravel. The tyre eating reputation of the roads is not due to bad 4x4 going road surfaces but rather lies in the very sharp gravel from which some of the roads are constructed. Interestingly we found many shredded tyres along the roads - which is a shame. The interesting bit is that 90% of the tyres were car tyres, whilst about 90% of the vehicles we saw were bakkies. One of the Park officials told me that the best surviving tyre there is a well worn bakkie tyre - as the sharp rock chips fails to get lodged into the tread. I suspect that road going tyres have the right groove size to pick up the small but sharp rock bits which then get lodged into the tread - eventually puncturing the wheel. Hoop dit help so bietjie :D.
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Re: Camping at Tankwa

Unread postby AVM » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:44 pm

Thanks for the useful information. :wink:

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Re: Camping at Tankwa

Unread postby Barrydalers » Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:11 pm

Hi
We like Pypers se Boom (i think that is what it is called).
Position - S32 12.444 E20 07.542
Nothing there, nice big tree to camp under.
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Re: Camping at Tankwa

Unread postby wildkid » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:21 pm

Hi everybody. I'm very intrested in the park and would like to now what is there to do except 4x4 and hows the wildlife in the park

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Re: Camping at Tankwa

Unread postby MATTHYS » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:37 pm

More camping info here.

You will also an email address there, Wildkid.
Perhaps contact them for info on the activities too ? :D
tankwa@sanparks.org
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