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Tankwa Karoo National Park Accommodation, Availability and Prices


For the most part, accommodation in the park is simple and rustic. There are guest houses, camping spots, huts and even a lodge, giving guests a variety of staying options. The majority of the accommodation is self-catering so again, planning and packing your trip properly is important if you want to get the most out of your stay.


The two cottages guests can book include the Paulshoek Cottage and the Varschfontein Cottage.

Paulshoek Cottage

Paulshoek has two bedrooms and four beds, one full bathroom, an open plan kitchen and living room, a braai area, a gas stove, solar fridge, paraffin lamps, candles, a boiler, and wood for the stove.


Varschfontein Cottage

Varschfontein Cottage has three bedrooms and six beds, a bathroom, open plan kitchen and dining room, a reservoir to swim in, a two plate gas stove, a solar fridge, paraffin lamps, a boiler, and an indoor fire place. Guests need to book at least two nights stay as the cottage is in a remote area of the park.



There are various designated spots throughout the park where equipped campers can set up their tents or caravans. The park has a strict “leave only footprints” policy, and guests are advised to keep their campsites clean. Each campsite is capable of accommodating up to 15 people.


Tanqua Guesthouse Complex


On the southern border of the park is a desert fortress converted into a guesthouse which offers various types of accommodation while it also hosts weddings.

Some of the accommodation options include:
  • Tanqua Unit 1 – This unit has one bedroom with a double bed and an en-suite bathroom. The unit is fully equipped and has its own kitchen, but shares a living area.
  • Tanqua Unit 2 – With a bedroom with 2 single beds and a room with a double bed, this unit is ideal for bigger parties. The unit has a kitchen, braai facilities, a shared living area and is completely self-catered.
  • Tanque Unit 3 – A bedroom with 2 single beds and a bedroom with a double bed await those who stay here. This unit also has braai facilities, a kitchen, a bathroom and a shared living space.

Rustic Accommodation


For a truly authentic experience, guests can choose to stay in partially built facilities which blend in perfectly with the surrounding semi-desert.

These unique complexes are dotted throughout the park and they include:
  • 2x4 Pyper se Boom
  • Steenkampshoek
  • Skaapwagtespos
  • Oom Rickert se Huis
  • Volmoesfontein
  • Biesjiesfontein

With the exception of the last two options, these places can only be accessed with a 2x4 or 4x4 vehicle and there are no ablution facilities or running water.

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