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Tankwa Karoo National Park

Accommodation

Paulshoek Cottage (CO6)

The Paulshoek farmstead, the first to be restored as visitor accommodation in 2003, is quaintly furnished with antique furniture and is able to accommodate up to six guests. The cottage is situated approximately 5km from the Park reception at Roodewerf and has breathtaking views of the imposing Roggeveld Escarpment and plains between.

  • Two bedrooms, four beds (one double bed and one single bed per room)
  • One bathroom (shower, toilet and basin)
  • Open-plan kitchen and living-room
  • Braai-facilities
  • Fully equipped with linen, towels, cutlery, crockery cooking utensils etc.
  • Two-plate gas stove and solar powered fridge
  • Paraffin lamps and candles (provided)
  • "Donkey' / boiler (wood supplied)
  • Wood stove for lighting during cold spells
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Varschfontein Cottage (CO9)

The Varschfontein Cottage is situated 45km from the Park offices at Roodewerf within the westerly section of TKNP. The desolate beauty of the area is truly a sight to behold making for an ideal getaway for those seeking a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city. The cottage is able to accommodate up to nine guests.

  • Three bedrooms, six beds (one double bed and one single bed per room)
  • One bathroom (shower, toilet and basin)
  • Open-plan kitchen and living room
  • Braai-facilities
  • Reservoir for swimming purposes
  • Accessibility by low-clearance vehicles hampered by the occurrence of water relay humps in road
  • Access with sedan and 2x4 vehicles not advisable in winter
  • Fully equipped with linen, towels, cutlery, crockery cooking utensils etc.
  • Gas two-plate stove and solar powered fridge
  • Paraffin lamps and candles (provided)
  • "Donkey" / boiler (wood supplied)
  • Hearth inside house for cooking or lighting of fire during cold spells
  • Bookings of minimum two nights highly advisable due to remoteness of facility.
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Elandsberg Wilderness Camp

Situated 18km away from the Park Reception at Roodewerf, in the hills known as Elandsberg lies the isolated and hence romantic Elandsberg Cottages. The development of the Elandsberg Wilderness Camp was initiated in September 2006 and completed by April 2008. The rustic design of the cottage gives the visitor a true bushveld experience topped with a striking evening sunset over the Roogeveld escarpment. Each cottage boasts beautiful views of the Karoo plains and imposing Roggeveld Escarpment. The cottages are spaced far enough from each other maintaining privacy, yet close enough for groups to book different cottages together.

By the use of the locally made unbaked clay-and-straw bricks with sections of walls built with rock, a bygone era is evoked, one of simpler times.vExamples of this building method can also be found in the many ruins within the park.

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  • Three x one-bedroom cottages, double bed
  • One x one-bedroom universal unit, double bed
  • One x two-bedroom cottage, (one bedroom with one x double bed and one bedroom with two x single beds)
  • Queen-sized sleeper-couch in living room
  • One bathroom (shower, toilet and basin)
  • Open-plan kitchen and living-room
  • Covered Braai / Stoep
  • Fireplace in living room
  • Splash pool per unit
  • Fully equipped with linen, towels, cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils etc.
  • Two-plate gas stove and solar powered fridge
  • Paraffin lamps and candles (provided)
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Tanqua Guesthouse Complex

The Tanqua Guest House Complex is very conveniently situated on the southern boundary of the Tankwa Karoo National Park and a stone's throw away from the Oudebaaskraal Dam. Built somewhat like a desert fort, the Tanqua Guesthouse was formerly owned by Esther and Alewyn Burger and later incorporated into the Tankwa National Park in 2007. The guesthouse offers a range of accommodation and has played host to weddings, teambuilding exercises as well as film and commercial shoots. A 900m air strip is also situated next to the main building, allowing fly-ins by guests. (Section 47 of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003, Use of aircraft in special nature reserve, national park or world heritage site, applies).

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Tanqua (FA8)

  • One en-suite bedroom with a double bed
  • Three bedrooms, each with two single beds
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Living area
  • No smoking
  • Outside braai facilities
  • Restricted 220V power
  • Self catering
  • WC, shower and bath
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Tanqua Unit 1 (GH2)

  • One en-suite bedroom with a double bed
  • Braai facilities available
  • Fully equipped
  • Kitchen
  • No smoking
  • Part of a 800m square double story building
  • Restricted 220V power with microwave
  • Self catering
  • Shared lounge,living area with fire place
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Tanqua Unit 2 (GH4)

  • One bedroom two single beds
  • Other bedroom one double bed
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bathroom
  • Braai facilities available
  • Fully equipped
  • Kitchen
  • No smoking
  • Part of a 800m square double story building
  • Restricted 220V power with microwave
  • Self catering
  • Shared lounge, living area with fire place
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Tanqua Unit 3 (GH4)

  • One bedroom with two single beds
  • Other bedroom one double bed
  • Bathroom
  • Braai facilities available
  • Fully equipped
  • Kitchen
  • No smoking
  • Part of a 800m square double story building
  • Restricted 220V power with microwave
  • Self catering
  • Shared lounge,living area with fire place
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Camping facilities

Langkloof (CK6)

Formerly an informal campsite, Langkloof was upgraded with ablution facilities and running water in 2011. The campsite is situated approximately 18km from the Park Reception at Roodewerf, within the scenic upper reaches of the Langkloof Gorge. Kudu, eland and other small antelope and mammals frequent the area and, along with the guests who visit, are the only ones to experience the awesome power of thunder storms and the ensuing wonder of the Rhenoster River during a flashflood.

  • Two campsites, each with own bathroom and kitchenette
  • Bathroom - toilet, shower, basin, seperaeseparate toilet with basin
  • Kitchen - no cooking facilities supplied
  • Braai facilities, no braai grid supplied
  • Carport
  • Gas geyser
  • Paraffin lamps
  • No electrical points
  • Access by high clearance 2x4/4x4
  • 4x4 advisable in rainy seasons
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Perdekloof (CK6)

The Perdekloof Campsite was opened in early 2012 and is situated at the mouth of the Perdekloof gorge. The campsite is a stone's throw from the Hoenderhoek rivulet, a tributary of the Renoster River.
Each of the six stands have their own bathroom and kitchenette, side-to-side with only one other stand. Stands are nestled among the natural riverine vegetation with Karee (Sersea lancea), Sweet Thorn (Acacia karroo) and various Ganna species (Salsola spp.) predominating.

  • Six campsites, each with own bathroom and kitchenette
  • Bathroom - shower, basin, separate toilet with basin
  • Kitchen - no cooking facilities supplied
  • Braai facilities - no braai grid supplied
  • Gas geyser
  • Limited solar lighting
  • No electrical points
  • Access by high clearance 2x4/4x4
  • 4x4 advisable in rainy seasons
  • Stand 1 and 5 best suited for roof-top tents
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Informal campsites

Fully self-sufficient campers are allowed to camp at designated spots on an "only leave your footprints" - basis. Each site is for the exclusive use of the party of up to 15 individuals reserving such a site.

Please note:

  • All visitors are required to report at the Roodewerf Reception on arrival.
  • Closest water source Langkloof/Renoster river (+/- June-November only) or at Roodewerf Reception.
  • Road to Pyper se boom, Langkloof and Oom Rickert se Huis crosses the Renoster River and its Hoenderhoek tributary - potentially flooded in winter/after summer thunder showers.
  • For further information, contact the Park Office on tel: (027) 341 1927, fax: (027) 341 2814 or email Tankwa Karoo National Park.

2x4 Pyper se Boom (CK15)

  • Accessible only by 2x4/4x4
  • No ablutions or water.
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Steenkampshoek (CK15)

  • Accessible only by 2x4/4x4
  • No ablutions or water.
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Skaapwagterspos (CK15)

  • Accessible only by 2x4/4x4
  • No ablutions or water.
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Oom Rickert se Huis (CK15)

  • Accessible only by 2x4/4x4
  • 4x4 advisable in rainy seasons
  • No ablutions or water.
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Volmoesfontein

  • Accessible with normal sedan vehicles
  • No ablutions or water
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Biesjiesfontein

  • Accessible with normal sedan vehicles
  • No ablutions or water
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Gannaga Lodge

The Gannaga Lodge is situated on the striking Roggeveld Escarpment at the summit of the Gannaga Pass. This private property situated within the Park, approximately 24km from the park offices at Roodewerf, features a conference venue, guesthouse, restaurant and licensed bar and is managed by the owners Johan and Norette Visagie.

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