Tankwa – Tankwa Karoo National Park
About the Birding
Start your birding at the turnoff (-32.871416, 19.773956) to the eclectic Tankwa Padstal (well worth a visit just for their legendary roosterkoek and ginger beer!!) Make a stop appropriately two km north of Padstal at an Acacia karoo lined river course (-32.853, 19.776). This area is especially good for skulkers like Pririt Batis, Cape Penduline Tit and Fairy Flycatcher.
About the Birding Site
The northern Tankwa Karoo can deliver a fantastic variety of highly sought-after dryland species fairly close to Cape Town. The area is a mix of typical Karoo habitat broken by sporadic drainage lines, open gravel plains and the mountainous Great Escarpment. A birding trip is best linked with other sites in the southern Tankwa as part of an overnight or multi-day birding trip.
There are various accommodation options within the Tankwa Karoo National Park, ranging from rustic camping to mid-range chalets, to a lodge.
Other Related Information
WildCards are accepted here.
It is advisable to drive in a high clearance car, though 4×4 is not necessary for the majority of the park. Make sure to carry a usable spare wheel and all equipment in case of punctures.
Text prepared by:
Vince Ward (Birding Africa Tours)