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“So quiet”

Tankwa Karoo National Park
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

We spent two woderful nights at Paulshoek Cottage. The views are stunning as is the night sky. Also very quiet, all you hear are the birds and your own breathing. We had zebra coming in to drink at the waterhole just in front of the cottage. Also grouse, pale chanting goshawks and other small birds.

In the park we saw gemsbok, springbok, hartebees, baboons, klipspringer and duiker. The roads are both good and bad in places. 4WD is not really needed, but something more robust than a small car is recommended.

The Paulshoek Cottage offers good clean acommodation. There is a gas operated fridge and a two burner hot plate. To get hot water, you have to make fire under a 'donkie' outside. As there is already gas laid on, why not install a gas water heater? Or solar heating? There is a stagnant water hole to the side of the house which breeds mosquitos that try to come in at night. Some mesh on the bedroom windows would help.

Despite these small niggles it is a stunning location.

4  Thank John K
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Truly away from it all and awesome starry nights. Very special.

2  Thank Linda M
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

After our adventure into the Tankwa - the roads were slippery and the temp was 2 degrees, we were blown away by the beautiful cob cottage with exquisite views, well equipped and lovely beds and linen. The scenery was breath taking. The clouds had settled in so no star gazing for us. We settled down and lit a fire only to discover there was a leak in the inside of the chimney. It was 2 degrees or less - the cottage was filled with smoke - no heating. We stayed in the Elandsberg Family Cottage. Will definitely return in the spring for the flowers and hopefully to see the stars. We drove the Ganagga Pass to Middlepos - truly spectacular.

1  Thank Toni S
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

This park has a stark beauty that would appeal to nature lovers, particularly to birdwatchers and botanists. The network of roads we used were very manageable with an ordinary two-wheel drive, although a bit bumpy at times. It was very hot during the day in January, but we expected that.

We stayed in the main Park residence, which had large rooms and comfortable beds and great potential. However, when we were there the swimming pool was a filthy mass of green algae, the water wasn't working so we could neither wash the dishes nor flush the toilets, and the electricity was unreliable. No one seemed to be in charge, so we had no sense of what was going on. I do not recommend this place unless the problems have been fixed. You might inquire whether or not the pool is working, since it is indoors, just off the kitchen and the bedrooms., That would give you a sense of whether they have made any progress since we were there. Not up to the standards of the other national parks we visited.

4  Thank JohninNewburyport
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

We stayed in one of the Elandsberg Wilderness Camp Cottages for 3 nights. They are Very well equipped units 3 bedroom 1 bathroom with lovely covered outside patio and plunge pool. No electricity, but they do have gas stove and fridge. Paraffin lamps and candles for lighting. Cottages are built from rocks, hay bales and mud! Very Eco! The landscape is just gorgeous with beautiful sunrise and sunsets. Plenty of succulents, antelope, birds and meerkat. Some of the roads require 4x4 as they are badly corrugated. Will definitely return!

3  Thank BrigSunnySA
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