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Tankwa Karoo NP: INFO

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Re: Tankwa National Park first visit.

Unread post by okie » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:35 pm

I've only driven through a corner of the park from Calvinia to Ceres , and no fuel inbetween . The following info . is from the Sanparks website .

Access from from Calvinia, Ceres, Sutherland and Matjiesfontein


Distances

Ceres to Tankwa is about 180km - nearest petrol-point will be Middlepost.
From Calvinia to Tankwa 110km.

Remember , its all gravel road , and not necessarily nice gravel road . The R355 between Ceres and Calvinia is the longest single stretch of road anywhere in South Africa between two towns , without another town or village on it .

Enjoy the ride - great scenery for those who like far distances .
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

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Re: Tankwa National Park first visit.

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:02 pm

Don't think there is any fuel available in the park.
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Re: Tankwa National Park first visit.

Unread post by picnic » Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:27 pm

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.

Last stops for fuel (measured from park offices) are Ceres (180km), Sutherland (140km - closed from Saturdays 13:00 for weekend), Calvinia (110km) and Middelpos (52km).
Vehicle fuel is available in all parks (or is available on the park periphery) - South African legislation stipulates that fuel stations will accept legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash as a form of payment for any fuel purchase.
Arrivals for accommodation from 14:00 only, departure at 10:00.
No shops, restaurants, public phones or ATMs in the park.
General Dealer and Bottle Store in Middelpos.
No cellphone reception within the park as well as main access roads.
Credit card facilities are available.
Prosopis Wood for sale in park.

:thumbs_up: Hope this will help. :D

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Re: Tankwa National Park first visit.

Unread post by picnic » Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:00 pm

Spoke to Audrie at Tankwa enquiries and she assured me that there are diesel in the park available but petrol are only available outside the park.Nearest town Middelpos(52km).

:thumbs_up: For diesel. :D

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Re: Tankwa National Park first visit.

Unread post by okie » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:44 pm

Picnic :thumbs_up: Nice to know . But I still wouldn't take a chance , unless your vehicle can only do about 150 kilometers or so on a tank of course . :whistle:
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

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3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: Tankwa National Park first visit.

Unread post by Capetonian » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:25 pm

Thanks for your replies concerning fuel.
Picnic thanks for your reply and on that basis I will presume that no unleaded fuel is available within the park, even though the SANParks website states that all parks have fuel!

Can anyone answer my second question concerning access through private land to get to Gannaga Pass from Elandsberg cottages.

Thanks

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Re: ACCOMMODATION PHOTO'S

Unread post by Buglette » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:33 pm

Tankwa Karoo

We stayed at Paulshof cottage, a few kilometres from Reception. Blissfully quiet. No electricity - only paraffin lamps. Gas for fridge. Donkey for hot water. For more details see my Travel Tale 'Tinkering in the Tankwa'.

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Tankwa Park Office GPS co-ordinates

Unread post by 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 post by 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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Tankwa Karoo weather

Unread post by GayeD » Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:21 pm

Hi there - we're planning a trip to the Tankwa Karoo in October this year, two families of two adults and two teenagers each, and would like advice about the weather at that time of the year and the likely condition of the roads. Would we need to travel in 4x4s to access routes in the park? Would Elandsberg be a good choice for both families to be together comfortably, or do you recommend moving around in the park and using other accommodation? We will be travelling from Cape Town so advice on the most interesting route (we enjoy back roads and meanders) would also be very welcome. Thank you - GayeD

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Re: Tankwa Karoo weather in October?

Unread post by pietert » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:28 am

We went to Tankwa during October 2011 and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We camped in their wild camps and found that very rewarding. Some of them you need a 4x4 for. The others can be done with a sedan. Best is to find out from the website which of the camps will suit your purpose. To answer your question about the weather, follow the link below to see some of the pictures we took and from them you will be able to judge. Some days were very hot.

https://plus.google.com/photos/10139088 ... 5400542081

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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by Hugh » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:02 am

We will be there is 3 weeks time and just want to know in which entrance did you arrive and what entrance did you leave
We will arrive from Sutherland and hope to leave in the North and travel towards the Cederberg .. Do you know that route at all and is it possible with a fairly high clearance Nissen but not a 4x4?
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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:07 am

Morning Hugh, thanks.

We came in and left via the very south gate. The first gate off the R355 from Ceres. I think the route you come in from Sutherland is about 1km to the north west of the sout gate. You will join the same park road once in the park. All the entrances should be fine, except Gannaga Pass which is best done in a 4x4.

The road should be fine for your vehicle, but if worried call the park - +27 (0)27 341 1927.

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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by Hugh » Wed May 29, 2013 5:39 pm

We had a glorious time there ... We approached from Sutherland . the land lady of the place we stayed at said we could take the shorter more beautiful road from Sutherland ... She said our car was fine... We tootled long for some way on and ordinary dusty road when suddenly we can to the Ouberg pass. Wow from a height we dropped into the Tankwa valley .. I looked at the views while Hugh held onto the steering wheel eyes on the road.. I would hate to come up the pass especially if it was wet. Arrived afely in Tankwa Reception was ever so pleasant and we spent two nights in the de Zyfer cottage. Sunsets and evenings were out of this world

By the way Shane we did the Gannaga pass.. no problems up and down Had a picnic at the top. Weather was perfect and we do not have a 4x4 .. no straining on the engine at all.
We least via the road to Calvinia .. when then turned left at the Junction th=o Ceres and then rt to the cederberg .. now that road was definitley nearing the 4x4 mark .. we travelled along opening and closing farm gates .. and meeting a farmer he said we were on the right road .. we were just about there when on the one pass Beeg sign no entry Flooding.. Darn we turned back and joined the road just before the Botterkloof pass which we drove over . then we went over the pakhuispass and onto the N7 .. really beautiful countryside .. Our car keeps telling us that when he grows big he wants to be a 4x4 !!!
Suzi-k You go and enjoy yourselves
Oh and we saw quite a lot of game . Eland Springbokkies Secretary birds Some birds of prey ( dont ask which as the sun was in our eyes) Jackal aplenty . and several other types of bokkies
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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Thu May 30, 2013 10:35 am

Morning Hugh

Sounds fanatastic, feel like leaving now ! Plenty rain in Cape Town at the moment so I wouldn't want to be up there now.

Glad to hear the Gannaga Pass was easy to get up. Next time I will push on further. We will be there in the beginning of September and report back afterwards.

Glad you enjoyed yourselves and thanks for sharing you experience.
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