Key features: A much-loved Perfect Hideaway tucked into a hollow on the banks of the Tankwa River, which springs to life intermittently following winter rains.
The Tankwa Karoo has long been revered as one of those sacred, lost-in-time spots that one occasionally stumbles upon when traversing the lesser beaten tracks of South Africa. About a five hour journey from Cape Town, down the winding road from Sutherland in the Northern Cape Region, towards the end of the earth, just before the vast skies swallow you up, you arrive at Tankwa River Lodge. An esteemed property on the Perfect Hideaways portfolio, this alluring farmhouse is tucked away into a bowl on the banks of the Tankwa River, which sporadically comes to life after a visit from the winter rains.
An 1850s Karoo Homestead – that’s completely off the grid – harnessed by its thick stone walls, thatched roof, casement windows and outside shutters, is one of the lucky survivors of a cluster of old houses in the area, that has endured the test of time over the years, and retained its perfect farmhouse vernacular. The vast, wide verandah skirts around the front of the house, leading out to the massive fire-pit – that’s perfect for those unbeatable starry nights – and adjacent plunge pool. A mammoth living room leads to the gorgeous farm kitchen in one direction and the six big bedrooms, and four bathrooms the other end.
It’s character, warmth and soul provides all the subtle elements of bliss when enjoying a fun family holiday at Tankwa River Lodge. Especially when all of the fireplaces are lit and roaring, crackling away with the cackling.
The property is authentically and typically furnished with large leather sofas and old armchairs, trophy collections of discovered bones and skulls, feathers, books, stones and hides. It’s an ongoing tale of the land that it occupies and the Tankwa tribes that have existed in the region for over 10 000 years. Tankwa is thought to mean ‘the place of the San’, which stems from the San and Khoi people inhabiting the area before the Trekboers settled in the 1700’s. Tankwa River Lodge was once a winter home for the Trekboers. Though today, it’s both – a summer and winter resort for those yearning the wilderness, remoteness and calm.
With the Tankwa National Park being only a short drive away, plenty of 4×4 routes on the farm for exploring, an abundance of game roaming the land – including, springbok, gemsbok, kudu and hartebeest – not to mention the amazing stargazing opportunities, there is more than enough to keep your eyes occupied when not huddled in the kitchen telling stories around the fire.
Erf size: 2 611ha
Main house (300 m2)
- Six bedrooms
- Four bathrooms (three en suite)
- Three indoor fireplaces
- Off-grid/solar powered
- Gas oven/stove
- Outdoor firepit
- Plunge pool
Manager’s house – two bedrooms (180 m²)
Two staff houses and outbuildings – (170 m²)
- A level glamping site with an old stone boma and separate access has been cleared for potential revenue
- Water: Dam (900 m³), six boreholes, 8 km river frontage and a spring
- Tools/machinery and generators
- Vehicles: One Landrover, one Ford Ranger bakkie, two quad bikes
- Game: Springbok, Ostrich, Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest, Hartebeest
- Game fencing
Pricing (excluding VAT)
Price includes furniture (excluding some personal items)