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 Post subject: Camping in Tankwa Karoo
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:00 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:53 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:07 am 
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Thanks Jembo. Will do that.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:37 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:44 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo
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Thank you, Helen.
With so little info available, your report will be very valuable.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Tankwa Karoo
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:38 pm 
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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

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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.

Kind Regards,
Letsie
Ms. Letsie Coetzee
Section Ranger
South African National Parks (SANParks)
Tankwa National Park

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