Tankwa Karoo Rest Camp

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This park is situated in a Karoo veld basin between the Cederberg mountain range in the west, the Roggeveld Escarpment in the east, and the Klein Roggeveld Mountains in the south. With the brightest stars and rare plant life, it offers a particular destination for lovers of nature and arid landscapes. The park is also known for its spectacular birdlife and is a well-known stop for bird enthusiasts with a birding list of 174 species of which 18 are endemics.

Accommodation

Informal Campsite (CK15)
Fully self-sufficient campers are allowed to camp at designated spots on an "only leave your footprints" - basis. Each site is for the exclusive use of the party of up to 15 individuals reserving such a site. (no electricity, ablutions or water)

  • Volmoesfontein: 2 Vehicles allowed per site, accessible with normal sedan vehicles, no ablutions or water
  • Oom Rickert: 2 Vehicles allowed per site , 4x4 advisable in rainy seasons, access by high clearance 2x4,  no ablutions or water
  • Biesjiesfontein:  2 Vehicles allowed per site, Accessible with normal sedan vehicles, no ablutions or water
  • Steenkampshoek: 2 Vehicles allowed per site, accessible only by 4x4, No ablutions or water
  • Pyperseboom: 2 Vehicles allowed per site , accessible only by 2x4, no ablutions or water
  • Skaapwagterspos: 2 Vehicles allowed per site, accessible only by 2x4, No ablutions or water

 

Formal Campsite: (CK6)

  • Perdekloof: 4x4 advisable in rainy seasons, access by high clearance 2x4, bathroom with toilet, shower and basin, braai facilities - no braai grid supplied, each campsite with own bathroom and enclosed kitchen with sink, no cooking facilities. Gas geyser, solar lighting and no electric points.
  • Langkloof:4x4 advisable in rainy seasons, access by high clearance 2x4, bathroom with toilet, shower and basin, braai facilities - no braai grid supplied, each campsite with own bathroom and enclosed kitchen with sink, no cooking facilities. Gas geyser, solar lighting and no electric points

Cottages

  • Four-bed De Zyver Cottage has 2 bedrooms, each with 1 double bed, a bathroom., Fully equipped kitchen and  living area, sleeper couch in living area, candle/lantern lighting. Warm water through donkey boiler
  • Six bed Paulshoek Cottage has 2 bedrooms, each with 1 single and 1 double bed, a bathroom,, Fully Equipped kitchen, living area, candle/lantern lighting and outside braai facilities. Warm water through donkey boiler 

 

Tanqua Guest house is conveniently situated on the southern boundary of the Tankwa National Park and a stone’s throw from the Oudebaaskraal Dam. The complex is ideally suited for groups of up to 18 guests. A 900m landing strip situated next to the main building, also allows for fly-ins by guests.

  • Eight-bed Tanqua Guest House has 1 en-suite bedroom with a double bed, 3 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds. Bathroom with toilet, shower and bath. Fully Equipped kitchen, living area and outside braai area. Restricted 220v power.
  • Four-bed Tanqua 2 Guest House has one bedroom with 2 single beds and the other with a double bed, bathroom, braai facilities available. Part of a 800m square double story building, Restricted 220V power Shared kitchen, lounge, living area with fireplace.
  • Four-bed Tanqua 3 Guest House has one bedroom with 2 single beds and the other with a double bed, bathroom, braai facilities available. Part of a 800m square double story building, Restricted 220V power Shared kitchen, lounge, living area with fireplace.
  • Two-bed Tanqua 1 G\house (GH2) has one en-suite bedroom with a double bed, braai facilities available. Part of a 800m square double story building, Restricted 220V power Shared kitchen, lounge, living area with fireplace.

 

Activities & Facilities

Stargazing.
4x4 Trails.
Self-Drive Game Viewing.
Bird Watching.
Scenic Viewpoints.

There is no shop, restaurant, public phones or ATMs in the park. There is a General dealer and bottle store in Middelpos. No fuel available in the park last stops for petrol (measured from Park offices) are Ceres (180km), Sutherland (120km - closed from Saturdays 13:00 for weekend), Calvinia (110km) and Middelpos (52km).

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Rates & Pricing

Informal Camping (CK15)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
15
Rate per extra adult:
80
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
40
ZAR
Formal Camp Sites (CK6)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
180
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
90
ZAR
De Zyfer Cottage (CO4/6)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
300
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
150
ZAR
Tanqua Guest House (GH2)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
2
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR
Paulshoek Cottage (CO6)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
300
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
150
ZAR
Tanqua Guest House (GH4)
Num. people incl in base rate:
4
Max. number of people in the unit:
4
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR
Tanqua Cottage (FA8)
Num. people incl in base rate:
4
Max. number of people in the unit:
8
Rate per extra adult:
300
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
150
ZAR
Elandsberg Cottage (CO2/4,CO2/4Z)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
4
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR
Elandsberg Family Cottage (FA4)
Num. people incl in base rate:
4
Max. number of people in the unit:
4
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR

Please note the pricing above excludes the following:

  • Entry/conservation fees (payable on arrival at your destination)
  • Transport, transfers and flights
  • Late arrival transfer fee (if applicable for your destination)
  • Meals, snacks and beverages
  • Safari Game Drives (unless indicated on your itinerary)
  • Baby cot/bed

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What our guests have said about this accommodation

STEVE RENECLE
Tankwa is an amazing place - unlike anywhere else. The staff were friendly and went out of their way to make our stay a happy one, Including helping to change a flat tire. Don't expect luxury, although it's certainly very comfortable and the pool was a blessing. Really enjoyed our stay.
Annette van de wall
Perfect accommodation. Clean and well presented. Have recommended it to my friends.
DavidDR MOORE
A wonderful place to visit. Open spaces, friendly staff. Special area.
Jacques Viviers
What a unbelievable experience. We live in SA and don't known what beautiful places we have got. Accommodation was very nice and the people so friendly and helpful. We loved the place.
Geoff Broadley
We had a great 2 days in the Tankwa Park, when we arrived at the reception it was to hear that we were the only people booked in the Langkloof Campsite. On asking the receptionist if there were people in the Perdekloof campsite she informed us that there were and when we asked if we could relocate to the Perdekloof campsite within a couple of minutes she had arranged this and we were on our way.The stay was great we did most of the drives and the 4 x 4 routes to the lookout points which were magnificent.The only grip we have, is that we did the Watervlei 4 x 4 route and this was fine as far as the Escarpment look out point and then after that the route just disappears. This route has not been maintained, and therefore we had to turn around and could not complete the course which made our traveling day at least 3 hours short.It would be great if this route could be maintained.
Terry Ravenscroft
Tankwa Breathtakingly beautiful. Great position! Just the right level of simplicity.What worked.*The bed*The Crisp clean linen*The Shower and bathroom generally*The cleanliness+The plunge pool*The furniture generally*Reception*RoadsWhat didn't work;LACK OF MAINTAINANCE!!!!!!!!PLEASE DONT LET SOMETHING SO WELL DESIGNED AND BUILT, BECOME DERELICT.(Front Door lock almost falling off, Cracked glass window in Bedroom, Small window in bedroom stay falling off, Louvres at the top of the building falling out,plaster falling off walls esp. next to bathroom,One of the front windows cracking at the corner mitre and fixed with a pc. of metal.Doors and windows no longer fit in frames) How about appointing a maintainance person whose sole job would be to fix the small but rapidly growing list of to do's!Thank you for a great stay.Louise and Terry
4.8
out of 5 based on
180 reviews
Feb 1, 2023
The person helping me was great
The person who was helping me with the booking, Carien, was exceptionally helpful and she made it very easy to get information and to get my booking sorted. The website was very easy to navigate and receive good information about which spots offer which amenities
Wynand De Villiers
,
ZA
Jan 27, 2023
I cant say much but safari is the best…
I cant say much but safari is the best when it comes to book coz they know client are always right and they help me very quicky.God bless u
Phathu Matshintshisa
,
ZA
Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, Safari.com consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire Safari.com team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
,
FR
Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with Safari.com! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
CSY
,
ZA
Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at safari.com as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
customer
,
AU
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, Safari.com. I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from Safari.com responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, Safari.com will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
,
CA
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
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Heather Carlson
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US
Sep 5, 2022
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Tricia moyses
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US
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by Safari.com and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
,
IT
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
prinolin
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ZA
Apr 21, 2022
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US
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