For those seeking the brightest stars of Africa, a once in a lifetime glimpse of a rare endemic bird, or perhaps nothing more than a silence that reaches deep into the soul, Tankwa Karoo National Park is the ideal destination. Luminous clouds of dust swirl through the ancient landscape, a tortoise patiently wanders in search of succulent morsels, and a lizard basks in the sun while gemsbok and red hartebeest share the arid plains with mongoose, orb-web spiders, skinks and leggy toktokkies. The park is just a four-hour drive from Cape Town. The park is a well-known stop for birding enthusiasts in search of Karoo endemics, and is also home to a number of semi-desert dwelling mammals. Stargazing, 4x4 trails, self-drive game viewing and scenic viewpoints are some of the activities visitors and guests can look forward to.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 1,436 km²
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Cape Mountain Zebra
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Middelpos

Accommodation in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Elandsberg Wilderness Camp, Tankwa Karoo

In the Tankwa Karoo National Park, in the hills known as Elandsberg, lies the isolated and romantic Elandsberg Cottages. Designed using locally made unbaked clay-and-straw bricks, with sections of walls built with rock, a bygone era is evoked, one of simpler times. The rustic design of the cottage gives the visitor a true bushveld experience. Each cottage boasts beautiful views…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Langkloof Campsite, Tankwa Karoo

Langkloof Campsite is located within the scenic upper reaches of the Langkloof Gorgein the Tankwa Karoo National Park. Formerly an informal campsite, Langkloof was upgraded with ablution facilities and running water in 2011. The campsite is situated approximately 18km from the Park Reception at Roodewerf. Kudu, eland and other small antelope and mammals frequent the area and, along with the…

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Accomodation Type: Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Perdekloof Campsite, Tankwa Karoo

The Perdekloof Campsite was opened in early 2012 and is situated at the mouth of the Perdekloof Gorge in the Tankwa Karoo National Park. The campsite is a stone's throw from the Hoenderhoek rivulet, a tributary of the Renoster River. Stands are nestled among the natural riverine vegetation with Karee, Sweet Thorn (Acacia karoo) and various Ganna species predominating. Each…

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Accomodation Type: Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.
Species list Map Info

Lookout for

Cape Mountain Zebra
Cape Fox
Red Hartebeest
Meerkat / Suricate

Key Species


Black Eagle
Kori Bustard
Cape Bunting
Capped Wheatear

Leopard Tortoise
Cape Cobra

Sweet Thorn Acacia

Succulent Karoo

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 5
Birds: 6
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 5
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