Tankwa Karoo National Park is still in a development and veld recovery phase. Even so, after the occasional shower, the park erupts into a dazzling display of flowering succulents. With an average rainfall of 80mm a year, even a scant shower is reason for nature to celebrate.
This 80,000 ha park protects one of the most starkly beautiful tracts of the Tankwa Karoo and is well worth visiting for several reasons, among them its koppie-studded, moon-like landscape, diversity of succulent plants, fine Karoo birding and, perhaps most notably for hardened birders, above-average chance of finding the enigmatic Burchell’s Courser.
A dense population of Black eagle are found. From the top of the Roggeveld Mountain one can look down on them hunting rock dassies.
When taking a night drive, don’t be surprised finding the endangered aardvark which occurs in a dense population throughout the park.
South African National Parks does not provide any facilities in the park. At this stage we only recommend this park for die-hard ecotourists  (click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™ website) Northern Cape province
Augrabies Falls National Park
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Mokala National Park
Namakwa (Namaqua) National Park
Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Barkly West, Calvinia, Carnarvon, Colesberg, De Aar, Kimberley, Kuruman, Port Nolloth, Prieska, Springbok, Upington
The park is criss-crossed by a number of vehicle tracks, most of which are easily negotiable by two-wheel-drive. There are also two 4×4 tracks to compliment the magnificent views throughout Tankwa Karoo.
The Park’s management currently welcomes visitors, on the understanding that no modern facilities are provided, except for the few rudimentary camping facilities, and that prior permission is obtained from the Park Management by telephoning +27 273412389.
If you are planning a visit, spring is best: birding is at its peak from August to October, when the region may also unpredictably burst into flower. However, the majority of the specials (with the possible exception of Black-headed Canary, Ludwig’s Bustard and Black-eared Finchlark) can be seen year-round with a little effort.

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