Tankwa Karoo National Park

4×4 trails, Desert, Karoo, Mountain Biking, Rock Art, Tankwa, Trail running, Walking, Western Cape, Wild flowers

Why Visit?

The Karoo is as big as Germany and harbors over 100 villages, towns, settlements and a couple of railway sidings. Despite the proliferation of modernity in this area, the human population is still as sparse as it was back in the 1900s, effectively giving the Karoo an enticing rural feel. Tankwa has gained popularity as the home of Afrikaburn.

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Getting There

The Tankwa is a 4-hour drive north-east of Cape Town, with the last hour on rather rough dirt roads, as any Afrikaburn go-er will tell you. Another remote and tranquil park.


The Tankwa Karoo offers guests seven different accommodation options.

5 self-catering cottages are available at the Elandsberg Wilderness Camp.

Paulshoek Farmstead, Varschfontein Cottage, and DeZyfer Cottage are three former farms that can accommodate 6, 9, and 4 visitors, respectively.

Langkloof and Perdekloof provide camping facilities, and Pyper se Boom, Steenkampshoek, Skaapwagterspos, Oom Rickert se huis, Voelmoesfontein, and Biesjiesfontein have informal camping.


From R155 to R1,850 per night for accomodation
R50 per adult, per day conservation fees for South Africans
R200 per adult, per day conservation fees for International Visitors

Tankwa Karoo Photos

Get inspired with these photos of the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

VISIT Tankwa Karoo

Go to the SANParks website to book your next day visit or holiday to the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

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