heard from various people that the Tankwa National Park is one of
those remote and "unexplored" areas in South Africa. This
park was developed in 2005 and is not officially open to the public
yet. We decided to investigate.
of the problems we had was that most of the maps indicate the park
borders in the years when the park was only 30,000 hectares big.
In the mean while they aquared more land and at the moment the park
is 110,000 hectares big.
of the last farms they bought, they transformed the old farm houses
in guest houses. Four of these guest houses are already available
as accommodation. The camping areas have not been developed yet.
At the moment the camping areas are more my kind of camping sites,
ie. Just a Tree. If you do want to camp you must be 100% self sustainable.
There are no water or ablution facilities at the camping sites.
Keep in mind
that there are no cell phone reception in this area. There are no
shops, ATMs or beauty parlours. The closest fuel stations are
- Ceres 180
140 Km (closed from Saturday 13h00 for the weekend)
50 Km (only lead replacement and Diesel closed on weekends, but
ask at the Hotel)
you drive a thirsty 4x4 without an extra fuel tank, you MUST take
extra fuel in at least one Jerry can with you. You might be able
to drive to the park and back on a tank. But if you do this you
take the fun out of the trip because you will be too scared to drive
around in the park.
note that the park is not officially open to the public yet. You
can visit the park but you MUST make arrangements before you visit
the park. This area are mostly without telephone services because
of copper theft. If you cannot get hold of them, please keep on
trying or send them an email. You can contact Letsie at 027-341-1927
or 027-341-2389. Or email her at letsiec @ sanparks.org. As I already
said, there are NO cellphone reception in this area.
Now for the
trip report, click here to visit page 1