Wildlife Ratings

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

Lookout for

Cape Mountain Zebra
Aardvark
Klipspringer
Cape Fox
Kudu
Red Hartebeest
Springbok
Gemsbok
Eland
Baboon
Meerkat / Suricate

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 kmĀ²
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Cape Mountain Zebra
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Middelpos

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Elandsberg Wilderness Camp, Tankwa Karoo Affordable Self-catering
Langkloof Campsite, Tankwa Karoo Camping
Perdekloof Campsite, Tankwa Karoo Camping

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Species list Map Info

Key Species

MAMMALS
Springbok


BRIDS
Black Eagle
Kori Bustard
Cape Bunting
Capped Wheatear


REPTILES
Leopard Tortoise
Cape Cobra


TREES
Sweet Thorn Acacia


HABITAT TYPES
Succulent Karoo