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With this map of the Tankwa Ka­roo and the Roggeveld es­carp­ment, master car­tog­ra­pher Peter Slingsby has charted an area that has been in need of a good map for years. The map cov­ers the area from the western Ceder­berg to Suther­land, and from Touws River to Calvinia in the north. We’ve done sev­eral sto­ries about the Tankwa Ka­roo over the years and cre­at­ing a map has al­ways been a strug­gle be­cause so many of the roads in the area aren’t marked on the of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment 1:50 000 map. In a way, this added to the ro­mance of trav­el­ling in the Tankwa: the lack of info, the patchy cell­phone re­cep­tion… You could still get lost out there. Not any more. Slingsby has charted ev­ery dirt road, kop­pie, moun­tain range, place to stay, bush camp, pass and dry riverbed. As al­ways, the routes he deems most scenic are marked with a smi­ley face. The Tankwa might have be­come less mys­te­ri­ous, but it’s still a fan­tas­tic travel des­ti­na­tion. And now you know ex­actly which 4x4 track to take from the Ceder­berg… Cost: R190 at slings­bymaps.com; also in out­door shops.

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