The Tankwa Karoo Route is a desert crossing in South Africa in the provinces of the Northern and Western Cape. It runs the length of the uninterrupted mostly gravel road between two towns, Ceres and Loxton. It runs by and trough deserts like landmarks and villages i.e. Tankwa Padstal, Tankwa Karoo National Park, Middelpos, Sutherland, Fraserburg and Loxton . The route can be run from East to West or visa versa depending on where you’re heading.
The Tankwa Karoo Route is one of the most remote and lightly populated areas in South Africa and offers a stark and beautiful experience. This region boasts the third highest occurrence of endemic bird species in the world. The Tankwa Karoo also has a rich and fascinating geological history.
Do not tackle this route without the necessary support. The heat and the cold can kill you. Make sure to carry enough water from the start. There is very little in the way of shade, very few homesteads to ask for help and cellphone signal is intermitted. However, for all its challenges and with the right planning this one of the must do and experience runs and STAYenRoute’s in South Africa.
STAYenRoute have identified the following cities/towns and places of “personalized accommodation” options on this Route.