National Park is
still in a development and veld recovery phase. Even
so, after the occasional shower, the park erupts
into a dazzling display of flowering succulents.
With an average rainfall of 80mm a year, even a
scant shower is reason for nature to celebrate.
This 80,000 ha park protects one of the most starkly
beautiful tracts of the Tankwa Karoo and is well
worth visiting for several reasons, among them its
koppie-studded, moon-like landscape, diversity of
succulent plants, fine Karoo birding and, perhaps
most notably for hardened birders, above-average
chance of finding the enigmatic Burchell�s Courser.
A dense population of Black eagle are found.
From the top of the Roggeveld Mountain one can look
down on them hunting rock dassies.
When taking a night drive, don't be
surprised finding the endangered aardvark
which occurs in a dense population
throughout the park.
South African National Parks does not provide
any facilities in the park. At this stage we only
recommend this park for die-hard ecotourists
(click on the map opposite to visit SANParks�
The park is criss-crossed by a number of
vehicle tracks, most of which are easily
negotiable by two-wheel-drive. There are
also two 4x4 tracks to compliment the
magnificent views throughout Tankwa Karoo.
The Park�s management currently welcomes
visitors, on the understanding that no
modern facilities are provided, except for
the few rudimentary camping facilities, and
that prior permission is obtained from the Park
Management by telephoning +27 273412389.
If you are planning a visit, spring is
best: birding is at its peak from August to
October, when the region may also
unpredictably burst into flower. However,
the majority of the specials (with the
possible exception of Black-headed Canary,
Ludwig�s Bustard and Black-eared Finchlark)
can be seen year-round with a little