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Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park

     
 

Phone:

+27 (0) 27 341 1927

Email:

tankwa@sanparks.org

Website:

www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa/

Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 800 205 005

 
     

Size:  143,600 ha / 1,436 km2

Nearest major city:  Cape Town (4h approx by car)

Species Numbers:  51 Mammals        185 Birds        34 Reptiles

Big Five:  No

Highlights:

  • - Great arid area birding
  • - Good walking trails with no risk from potentially dangerous game
  • - Biodiversity Hotspot of Succulent Karoo with rich plant diversity

Tankwa Karoo National Park is situated on the southern boundary of the Northern Cape with the Roggeveld Escarpment in the East, Cederberg in the West, and Klein Roggeveld Mountains in the South.

Just a four-hour drive from Cape Town brings you to this truly unique national park. Situated within the Succulent Karoo Biome, the area is renowned for its rare and endemic plant species, rich birdlife, and landscapes that will take your breath away – from the sheer cliffs of the Roggeveld Escarpment to the moonscapes of the Tankwa Desert.

While Tankwa Karoo National Park is still in a developmental and land consolidation phase, expanding from the original 26,000 hectares in 1986 to nearly 143,600 ha by late 2010, it is the ideal destination for those seeking the brightest stars in 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.