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Stark Beauty and Silence

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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65 reviews 65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

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 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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60 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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 15 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Adelaide, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We stayed 3 nights in the Elandsberg cottages at the Tankwa Karoo National Park. The cottage was vast! It is spacious and well laid out with an outdoor covered braai area, a long stoep and a plunge pool (covered since it was still very cold). There are uncurtained picture windows which look out onto the veld and the cottages are... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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119 reviews 119 reviews
22 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

One of the more recent established National Parks in South Africa. We stayed at the Elandsberg wilderness cottages some 25 kms from the offices. the five cottages have an outstanding view of the mountain and are remote from from each other making for the ultimate in peace and tranquility. We did not see much of the larger game as the... More 

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