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Tankwa Karoo National Park


Tankwa Karoo National Park
P.O. Box 299

Tel: +27 (0)27 341 1927
Fax: +27 (0)27 341 2814

Proclaimed in 1986 and measuring 146,373 ha, the Tankwa Karoo National Park is a four-hour drive from Cape Town.

Situated in the Succulent Karoo Biome, one of the world’s 35 biodiversity hotspots, the Park incorporates three distinct ecosystems - pure desert in the west, open grasslands in the centre and the Roggeveld Mountains in the east.

A large-scale game reintroduction programme aims at restoring large mammals as a key driver in maintaining biological diversity through trampling and herbivore disturbance. Reintroduced animals include Cape Mountain, Zebra, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Springbok and Eland.


Five things to see and do

  • Go stargazing –far from cities and other sources of light pollution, Tankwa is one of Africa’s best night-sky destinations.
  • Join the annual Tankwa Birding Bonanza – each year, SANParks Honorary Rangers and various sponsors organise a fun birding weekend to view some of the desert birds of Tankwa’s Succulent Karoo Biome. Visit for more!
  • Follow a 4x4 Trail – there are several off-road tracks with two major 4x4 routes for experienced drivers - Leeuberg 4x4 Eco-trail and the Watervlei 4x4 Route.
  • Enjoy the view – There are two viewpoints, namely Gannaga Pass and Elandsberg, where visitors are allowed to exit vehicles.
  • See the flora – At first glance, you may think there’s not much to see, but the Succulent Karoo vegetation reveals secrets of desert adaptation.. About 780 species are found here - with many of them endemic to this Biome.



Stay in accommodation at the Tankwa Guest house, book a cottage at the Elandsberg Wilderness Camp, camp at the Langkloof Campsite or get adventurous – fully self-sufficient campers can book an informal campsite. For options, CLICK HERE.


Information from SANParks Website

Scott Ramsay - 

SANParks Honoury Rangers - Website