The Tankwa Karoo National Park is situated beneath the
Roggeveld mountains and is named after the river that runs through the
park. The Khoi-word "tanqua" allegedly means "troubled waters", "dry river bed",
"place of the San" or "dorsland".
Over a relative short distance
- more or less 50 km - a large variety of plants can be seen and it lies
within the Succulent-Karoo-biodiversity focal point. The landscape
gradually changes from harsh desert to dense vegetation on the slopes of
the Roggeveld Mountains.
Various unique birds can be seen in these areas, among others, the
very rare Burchell's courser. It is a paradise for birdwatchers. Most of
the 18 bird species that appear only in the Karoo,
be found here.
Be on the lookout for the Karoo eremomela, the Namaqua Prinia, the
cinnamonbreasted warbler, the Pririt batis, Ludwig's bustard, the blackeared finchlark, and the greater kestrel. At Oudebaaskraaldam you will
see flamingoes, avocets, South African shellducks and Karoo korhaan.
Animals that you will probably see are the Cape mountain zebras,
springbok, gemsbuck (Oryx gazella), red hartebeest, bat-eared jackals
The atmosphere is tranquil and there is much to explore. You will find
friendly hosts, exquisite nature scenes, wide open skies and above
all, peace for your soul.