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Camping in Tankwa Karoo

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Camping in Tankwa Karoo

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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.

Kind Regards,
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Camping at Tankwa

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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
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Tankwa - New camping

Unread post by mistral » Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:32 pm

I had heard that proper camping facilities were being built for the first time at Tankwa - they were due to be completed by the end of May??

Anyone know how far this project is - I don't see this featuring on the SANparks reservation system as yet.

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Re: New camping facilities

Unread post by letsiec » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:43 am

Hi Mistral,

We are indeed in the process of constructing six campsites in the Perdekloof section of the park. Each stand will have its own ablution and kitchenette, side to side with a second stand's.

We unfortunately experience major hold-ups in receiving construction materials timeously - not uncommon in our remote setting... This in turn results into delays in the completion of the project. However, construction should be completed by December this year, at the latest.

An old building has also been renovated into two ablution/kitchenettes within the Langkloof. These are being completed as we speak.

We will keep the forum posted on the progress of the above projects. You are also welcome to contact our offices at 027 341 1927 for further information.
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Re: Tankwa - New camping

Unread post by pietert » Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:25 pm

We camped in Tankwa during the first week of October and we enjoyed the wild camping that it seems only Tankwa offers. I hope they will not replace the Steenkampshoek, Langkloof and the other wild camps with those "tame" campsites at Perdekloof.
What they can rather do, is to add some more such camps, allow only one party at a time and also add a place to shower and get water near or at the Reception, so that campers can replenish water and wash etc before moving on to the next wild camping spot.
I must also thank the staff at Tankwa for their friendly and helpful attitude. They made our stay there a highlight of our 30 day trip when we went to several National and Provincial Parks.

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Camping in Tankwa

Unread post by linlan » Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:52 pm

Hi there. New to this forum and have so enjoyed reading many posts and trip reports...thank you!
We are travelling from Cape Town to Botswana in August/September this year and are planning 3 nights camping in Tankwa on our return journey. We are 3 couples in 4X4 vehicles and completely self-sufficient in terms of water etc. None of us have visited Tankwa before so are excited about ending our 3 week holiday there!
I am thinking of booking at Pyper se Boom for the first night as it seems to be the closest to reception and we will probably arrive lateish.
Does anyone have any suggestions for the other 2 nights? We all have rooftop tents so will have to pack up daily and are therefore very open to a different site each night. We would like to experience as much of Tankwa as possible in terms of scenery and terrain and are, of course, hoping there are still flowers to be seen(first week in September). We would also prefer the less developed campsites.....enjoy the feeling of no neighbours.
Many thanks. Linda

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Re: Camping in Tankwa

Unread post by pietert » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:57 pm

Linda, Steenkampshoek to us was the best. We were there on 1 Oct 2011 and the flowers was absolutely wonderful. Someone told us that the flowers were even better in September, so maybe you will be lucky.
We also stayed at Schaapwagterspos, which has a large pepper tree for shade.

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