Tankwa National Park

The magnificent Tankwa National Park straddles the border of northern and western Cape provinces with the mountainous boundaries of the Roggeveld escarpment to the east, the Cederberg to the west and the Klein Roggeveld mountains to the south. Just a four hour drive from Cape Town this unique National Park is situated within the Succulent Karoo Biome. Here you will find rare and endangered plant species, rich endemic birdlife and diverse landscapes that will take your breath away – from the sheer cliffs of the Roggeveld escarpment and the lush tranquillity of the Langkloof to the moonscapes of the Tankwas Desert.

The true meaning of the word ‘Tankwa’ is unknown, but it is said to be “Turbid Water”, “Place of the San” or “Thirstland”.


Accommodation in the park consists of self-catering units. All units have bedding, towels, crockery and cutlery. There is also a fridge and a stove in each unit.


  • Elandsberg Wilderness Cottages (five cottages);
  • Varschfontein;
  • Paulshoek;
  • De Zyfer;
  • Tankwa Guesthouse A; and
  • Tankwa Guesthouse B.

Several informal campsites are also available. Please note that these campsites have no running water and no ablutions.

Bed and breakfast is available at the privately owned Gannaga Lodge on top of Gannaga Pass.


  • Self-drives on demarcated roads;
  • Swimming;
  • Hiking;
  • Canoeing;
  • 4×4 Tails;
  • Mountain biking; and
  • Picnics.

Wood and ice are for sale at the office.

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