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Tankwa Karoo National Park

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Address: South Africa
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Construction work and lack of radio worried

The park as a whole is beautiful and tranquil but definitely not for the faint hearted. The park's office is very far from camps (18 km from the Elandsberg cottages where we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michele O
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park as a whole is beautiful and tranquil but definitely not for the faint hearted. The park's office is very far from camps (18 km from the Elandsberg cottages where we stayed), there is absolutely no phone coverage and in case of an emergency you are on your own as we found out. At first I was not worried... More 

Thank Michele O
Durban, South Africa
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52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tankwa Karoo NP is a fantastic place to visit for both plants and for the slightly unusual birds and mammals. The area is currently in the grip of a prolonged drought and this is having an effect. Flower season is a must through here though.

Thank Nichewiche
Boksburg, South Africa
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is one of the most special places that I have ever been to. It is desolate but has a naked beauty. Not for prissy folk who need all the comforts.

Thank Sula1968
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214 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

not many tourist visit this park (especially compared to the other karoo national park). Quite a big road network, however a few of them need a car with good clearance, some 4x4. Animals are rather shy and move away then a car appears. On the waterholes and the dam lot of birds, incl. flamingos. You might not see another car... More 

Thank rajang
Kuils River, South Africa
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

A few years back we went to stay in the chalets in the Tankwa Karoo. Beautifully decorated, candle lights and gas shower. Absolute a blissful place if you want to sync with your inner self again.

Thank Maré O
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful place, as describe in other reviews, a place with stark differences, extreme contrasts and endless starlit nights! We stayed at Paulshoek for 2 nights and Elandsberg 1 night. Paulshoek has got a waterhole very close by the cottage which offers glorious sightings of animal and birds coming for a drink. We are birders and enjoyed the... More 

Thank Martie R
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

My wife and I completed our three week tour of Okavango and Kalahari at Tankwa, hugely impressed by the serenity, peace, landscapes and animals. Stayed at Paulshoek cottage, 10 min drive from the park reception. Stayed one night, could have easily stayed 3 or 4. Unique scenery, our drives were enjoyable. The drive out towards Cape Town was spectacular. A... More 

Thank T5025DQmichaelr
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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159 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

If you love quite and isolated regions this place! No cell phone reception, internet connection only at the reception once a data voucher is purchase. Roads are not great, make sure you have a spare tyre. There is no big game to spot but beautiful open landscape and nature to be admired. I stayed at De Zypher Cottage which offers... More 

Thank Frogy007
Hillcrest, South Africa
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92 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

This reserve will not be everybody's cup of tea. You will not find the big 5 game animals here, in fact a very small variety of game. Bird viewing depending upon the season is apparantly good, but that is not our interest. Roads are badly corrugated and you will find all the rattles and squeaks in your vehicle and any... More 

Thank irishmike60
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41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

The Tankwa National Park has space as far as the eye can see and calls one to become still and take in the beauty of nature. There are vast contrasts and the wide variety gives the urbanized soul time to re-group and find their way again.

Thank Gail B

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