Adventure Bike Safari to the Tankwa Karoo16/04/2017
We recently had a wonderful Adventure Bike ride into the Tankwa Karoo National Park in the Western Cape, South Africa. (Read more here). It’s a fascinating place so I’ve researched 10 facts about the Karoo National Park that I find interesting:
The wide open spaces in the Karoo National Park are too wonderful to believe.
- The Tankwa Karoo National Park lies within one of the most arid areas in South Africa with between o and 100mm of rain falling annually.
- It is bounded in the east by the Roggeveld Mountains, in the west by the Cederberg, the north by the Kouebokkeveld Mountains, and in the south by the foothills of the Koedoesberge and Klein Roggeveld Mountains, and the Tankwa River.
- The Park’s vegetation falls within the Succulent Karoo biome and has been described as very sparse shrubland and dwarf shrubland.
- Some 187 species of bird occur within the park.
- Only Diesel fuel is available in the park – the closest places for petrol are Ceres, Sutherland and Calvinia.
The mean July temperature is 6°C and the mean January temperature is 38°C.
- The Birding season is at its best between August and October. (It’s also when the region may also unpredictably burst into flower if there have been good rains).
- The Park was proclaimed in 1986 and comprised of an area of just 27 000Ha which was increased to just over 146 000Ha in 2014.
- Humans have lived in the park for more than 10 000 years – first the Bushman and later the Khoe pastoralists.
- Currently, the plant species list for the park stands at 780 species.
For those that are interested, both panoramic images were stitched together in Lightroom from 5 photographs shot on the Panasonic GH4 and 12 – 35mm lens.
Photograph of the Perdekloof Campsite in the Tankwa Karoo National Park.