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Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa Karoo, West Coast
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Re: Tankwa photographs

Unread post by Subavan » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:54 am

Thanks for helping me with the photos.

I want to post these pictures as this park is relatively unknown. The photos were taken during December 2008 which shows that the park is beautiful even outside the flower season.

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Re: Tankwa photographs

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:32 pm

We were blessed to be able to visit Tankwa on our journey to Augrabies and KTP early in Nov 2012. We spent a wonderful night at DeZyfer cottage.

Here are some pics taken by SO.

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DeZyfer - Tankwa Karoo NP by dinkybird, on Flickr

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DeZyfer view Tankwa Karoo NP by dinkybird, on Flickr

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DeZyfer view Tankwa Karoo NP by dinkybird, on Flickr

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DeZyfer view Tankwa Karoo NP1 by dinkybird, on Flickr
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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:49 am

I see there is quite a bit of info. on Tankwa so I will have to basically post images. Hopefully sharing them will give you a little more insight into the Park.

We were in Elandsberg Wilderness Camp for 2 night last year. A beautiful place:

View of unit no. 2, from our unit no. 3:

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Unit no. 3:

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The entrance side:

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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:03 pm

One of the biggest problems with Elandberg are the Bees that come to drink at the pool. There are thousands of them and it makes swimming impossible. Although the following image looks great, I promise you cannot get into the water (thats if you scare of Bees like we are):

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Hundreds drown, so Tracy's early morning job was to ensure the pool is covered and the Bees cannot get to it (many do anyway):

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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:09 pm

Thanks Lion queen !!!

The cottage interior is superb. Comfortable and all the space you need ...............

Dinning room and lounge, looking towards Kitchen:

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View from Lounge out to the Tankwa Plains:

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Through the eyes of a couple: KTP won
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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:31 am

From the wilderness camp there is a great walk to the top of Elandsberg.

The walk up:

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View over the Tankwa plains from the view point at the top:

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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:45 am

I am sure you are aware that Tankwa Park was old farm land. Some of the ruins:

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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:52 am

Wow. Amazing pics! What vehicle did you use? Were the roads ok?

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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:41 am

Morning Graham, thanks for the complement.

Went up in my Audi A4, roads were fine. I wouldn't try the Gannaga Pass in sedan though - a little tricky. I do know that after some winter storms the roads become very bad and sedans tend to get stuck in the mud - keep that in mind.

Just give the main reception a ring before going, they will advise whether road are diveable (that's if you don't have a 4x4).
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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:43 am

Although I did try the Gannaga Pass, I only got halfway up before deciding to turn back. A 4x4 is certainly adviseable.

Image looking back toward the Tankwa plains from the pass:

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Through the eyes of a couple: KTP won
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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:45 am

Evening approaching:

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Re: Tankwa National Park: Who knows the place ?

Unread post by shane » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:54 am

And finally a couple images as one drives out of Tankwa National Park:

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!Xaus Lodge: A brief story.

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A Taste of Tankwa

Unread post by Albert » Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:57 pm

Not really enough for a "Travel Tale", so just a few posts on our recent (late September) trip to the Tankwa National Park.

Shadows starting to lengthen on a Tankwa road

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Fast forward to an early morning Eland

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and one of the local residents encountered on the way to the day's duty....

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More to follow...
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Re: A Taste of Tankwa

Unread post by Albert » Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:54 pm

Ok, so now to a few images captured later the same day; en route back to our overnight accommodation:

Yellow canary
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A brief glimpse of a Capped Wheatear...

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Finally a Karoo Lark remained stationary for long enough...

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A very young Cape Clapper Lark

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The last few follows shortly.. :lol:
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Re: A Taste of Tankwa

Unread post by Albert » Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:49 pm

The last few:

A few "stony" larks....
Redcapped

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and Large-billed

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and to finish it off, some Eland in the late afternoon spotlight...

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Latest lifers: Plain-backed Pipit, Common Buttonquail, Cutthroat Finch, Freckled Nightjar, Purple Indigobird, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, Red-capped Robin-chat, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird.


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