Tankwa Karoo National Park, Calvinia

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Bordered by mountain ranges and the Tankwa River, Tankwa Karoo National Park represents the world's only arid region that has been declared a biodiversity hotspot. Its sparse plains of dwarfed shrubbery are home to more than 185 bird species and many species of game which have been reintroduced into the area during recent years. Hikers like to visit the park in August and September, when it bursts into a spectacle of colors. Go game and bird-watching, stop at the viewpoint behind the Elandsberg cottages, and visit an 1860 trading post that grew into the smallest South African village. Plan to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park during your Calvinia vacation using our convenient Calvinia travel tool.
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  • We travelled into the park via Gannaga Pass, which was stunning. The park is very dry (to be expected as it is classed as arid) and not quite the normal national park experience. Be aware that the...  more »
  • We took a pilgrimage- forgotten highway and all the back roads to reach the Tankwa National Park, for a first visit.. We camped at Perdekloof Camp Site which we found very satisfactory, own ablutions....  more »
  • Roads are very reasonable at this point, Jan 2019. Hot & dry. Spectacular scenery.
  • We drove down the pass, was absolutely breath taking, drove a few km in the park but had to leave to get to our accomodation in Sutherland, we used the back roads from the park to drive to Sutherland
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