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Address: South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0)27 341 1927
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Heaven in the Karoo

This is bittersweet - I want to be honest and say this is one of my favorite places in the world BUT if I give it that accolade more people will go and I'll probably struggle to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This reserve has : poor accommodation facilities, bad roads, not access to restaurants. It has a great potencial for the future. The stargazing is absolutely breathtaking, the nature is so great.

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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

This is bittersweet - I want to be honest and say this is one of my favorite places in the world BUT if I give it that accolade more people will go and I'll probably struggle to get accommodation next time... Seriously - so beautiful. The accommodation is sublime (as long as you're prepared for off the grid). Eco-built and... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Unexpectedly long drive from Wellington and around 100km on the shale road where we crossed fingers we would not have a flat. (We didn't!) You need to be totally self sufficient to come here. Including water. Last stop for victuals etc is Tankwa Padstal (you have to stop here even if its just for a coffee as it is fascinating... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I suppose it was almost unavoidable to have a flat tyre on the road to the Park, on the notorious R355, or tyre-muncher as it is sometimes called. And by the time we noticed it, the tyre had been shredded to pieces and we were left to travel on gravel without a spare tyre for days. But despite this shaky... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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60 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Driving through the Tankwa, you become overwhelmingly aware of the quiet. In two hours, we only encountered two donkey-carts and a car. The Tankwa offers a unique beauty. It looks dead, but there is plenty life. I am looking forward to my next trip. There is no cell-phone reception, no tar roads, no gas stations, no comfort stops. All Karoo.

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Centurion, South Africa
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84 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This place is not for the unprepared! Everything is a challenge- the heat, the roads, distance to travel, the afternoon winds etc. We stayed at the Tankwa Guest house, all was clean well and equipped with clean bedding, towels and cooking utensils. The old farm house now accommodates 10 people with a courtyard in the middle with a braai area... More 

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Cape Town
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69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Tankwa's starkness is beautiful- it is arid and yet the different vegetation communities are evident.The accommodation is charming- we stayed at Vaarschfontein cottage. It has a small kitchen with gas burners, lovely dining room set and a fair sized bathroom. There were some half used candles, but we would advise you to bring extra as well as a good lamp/torch.... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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121 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We stayed at elandsberg chalets. Without electricity the place is unique!! great night sky, great solitude, open spaces, lots of animals around, birds, elands, wild cat. Bedroom with awesome views!! remote place but easy to find and drive in august.

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a beautiful place for those who like the beauty of aridness. The succulent Karoo is host to a wide variety of plant life that is suited to the climate. As a birder, the park hosts quite a few endemics as well as species that mainly occur in the west. the camping accommodation is great as every camping site... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

Fast open spaces, peace and quite. If you feel like some alone time this is the place for you. Roads can be difficult to navigate after rain. We were traveling in 4x4 vehicle and had no problem. Although tyre problems (flats/bursts etc) on the access roads to the park appears to be a frequent problem. Drive with care and take... More 

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Address: South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0)27 341 1927
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Northern Cape

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