Tankwa Karoo National Park
Travel to Tankwa Karoo National Park – Prime Location for Bird Watchers
Tankwa Karoo National Park is a place of solitude, beauty and remoteness; a 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.
The park offers its visitors a wide range of succulent plants, mammals and birds as well as a unique wilderness experience unlike any other.
Tankwa Karoo National Park is a Scientific National Park that covers an area of 80 000 hectares and is situated on the southern boundary of the Northern Cape, between the Roggeveld Escarpment in the East, Cedarberge in the west, and Klein Roggeveldberge in the south.
Declared a national park in 1986, the area is still closed to the public while an infrastructure of roads and accommodation is developed. Before this Park’s proclamation, the only protected area of Karoo was the 200 hectare patch of the Gamka Mountain Nature Reserve. Succulent Karoo has, together with the Cape Floral Kingdom, been declared a Biodiversity Hotspot by Conservation International.
The park offers its visitors a diverse range of succulent plants, fine Karoo bird spotting opportunities and a wide range of mammals. Among them are the caracal, striped polecat, African wildcat, leopard, Cape fox, suricate, kudu, Cape turtle dove, black stork, Egyptian goose, booted eagle, cape crow, white-throated canary and much more.
Travellers can make their journey up the breathtaking Gannaga Pass to the top of the 1600 metres Roggeveld escarpment from where they will have the most unbelievable view of the Tankwa Karoo. They can also take the Ouberg Pass, rising precipitously through 600 metres of Roggeveld escarpment in a series of heart-stopping switchbacks.
You can get around by four wheel drive in order to see spectacular views and stunning landscapes, however, the main activity here is bird watching due to the vast number of different species that you are able to spot from black storks to egyptian geese and doves.
Relax by camping in the park, this is currently the only tourist facility that is available and the camps are basic and somewhat primitive.
You can get around the park on the tracks that are designed for use by four wheel drive vehicles.
- See unique landscapes, succulent plants and stunning views.
- Be in awe of the vast wilderness.
- Spot numerous varieties of birds as well as other wildlife.