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Augrabies Falls National Park

The Augrabies Falls National Park is where the mighty Orange River is at its most impressive as it thunders its way through a ravine and into a pool walled by sheer granite, creating the world’s sixth largest waterfall. Few sights are as awesome or a sound as deafening as water thundering down the 56 metre Augrabies Falls when the Orange River is in full flood. The Falls derived its name from the Khoi word “Aukoerebis” meaning “place of the great noise”.

The park is essentially a scenic park where Klipspringer and Kokerboom (Quiver trees) stand in dark silhouette against the African sky, silent sentinels in a strangely unique environment where only those that are able to adapt ultimately survive. Do not plan on just popping in to see the main falls, as there is much more to experience and be done in this arid piece of moonscape-like land. Awesome and strikingly beautiful it offers the visitor over 15 000 hectares of unique riverine eco-systems to explore.

Attractions and Activities

Obviously the main attraction is the 56 metre high main Augrabies Falls that cascades into the granite abyss of the Orange River Gorge. The Falls are easily accessed through an extensive network of boardwalks which are wheelchair friendly. This is however not the beginning or end of the attractions of the park by a long shot, and visitors should allow enough time to explore further. Drives take you to scenic viewpoints with descriptive names of this rocky region like Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner.

Giraffe, klipspringer, baboons and other game are frequently seen while game driving in the park. Look out for Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra! For the hikers there is the 5 kilometre self-guided circular route Dassie Hiking Trail and for those wanting more of a challenge there is the Klipspringer Hike (closed from 15 October to 31 March) which takes hikers right down into the gorge and back out again and takes 3 days. For a real adrenaline rush go on the !Garib three-in-one adventure which includes canoeing in the gorge, hiking out of it and a mountain bike ride back to the rest camp.

 

 
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