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Tankwa Karoo National Park, Northern Cape

Tankwa Karoo National Park is situated on the southern boundary of the Northern Cape and protects one of the most starkly beautiful tracts of the Tankwa Karoo. 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, wild flower displays, 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.

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. Birders visiting the park will want to concentrate their efforts along the track running parallel to the park’s southern boundary, where Burchell’s Courser can be seen on patches of bare, burnished gravel. The road is easily accessed by 2WD. Park details

The Tankwa Karoo Birding Route

A Country Life article on the Tankwa Karoo National Park on ShowMe

Getting there: Take the N1 west-north-west from Cape Town toward Paarl, turning on to the R43 , then on to the R355. Continue on this road to the gate. Total travelling distance is 313km. Note: Google Maps has Tankwa placed correctly, but described as being in Namaqualand. This is incorrect, don’t get confused and head off to Namaqualand which is further north!

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