FLOWER CARPET IN TANKWA KAROO
Tankwa Karoo National Park is located just 4 hours north of Cape Town, and is nestled between the Cederberg Mountains and the Klein Roggeveld Mountains. The park is best known for its great diversity of plant species, many of which are very rare and unique. This brings with it a rich bird population, and there are also several antelope to be spotted in the park from the rare Cape Mountain zebra to gemsbok and springbok.
The perfect destination for curious nature lovers! After the light winter rains in June and July, a colourful carpet of wildflowers emerges here in spring (between August and October), interspersed with the resilient succulents found throughout the Karoo. Tankwa Karoo is a place of silence and tranquillity. Here you can see dust clouds gently drifting over the ancient landscape, and the colour of the ground changes with the position of the sun. In the evening, you can enjoy an endless and impressive starry sky! Even if you are not a fanatic, you will find it easy to meditate here.
You can drive to the Elandsberg Viewpoint in a 4×4 for a nice snapshot. Don’t have a fat all-terrain vehicle? Depending on the time of year, you can also hike this: quite a tough route! Must-do: drive the Gannaga Pass! A beautiful, unpaved road that climbs some 548 metres through the Roggeveld Mountains, from the vast plains of the Tankwa Karoo to the highlands near Middelpos.
The rugged beauty and endless views make this a unique experience. The pass has extremely sharp hairpins and bends so good driving skills are required. There is a good chance of spotting the impressive Black Eagles as the high ridges are ideal for their nests. Halfway through the pass, you’ll find a forest of the extraordinary Botter Trees: a dwarf-like tree with unusual leaves, straight out of a fairytale book.