Augrabies Waterfall

April 11, 2017

Augrabies Waterfall

My family at the famous Augrabies Water Falls.

Augrabies Falls, maybe one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in the Northern Cape. So what!, you can visit again and again, and you will find the falls to be different in flow and in beauty, every time.

Augrabies Waterfall Information:

Name:                     Augrabies Waterfall

Location:                Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa

Co-ordinates:        S:28° 35′ 29″   E:20° 20′ 27″

Type:                       Cascade

Total Height:          56 metres (183 ft)

Watersource:         Orange River (Gariep Rivier)

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Augrabies Waterfall

The Augrabies Falls is a waterfall in the Orange River, within the Augrabies Falls National Park. The original Khoikhoi residents named the waterfall “Ankoerebis” – “Place of big noises”. The Trek Boers, who settled here lateron, derived the name, “Augrabies”.

The falls have recorded 7,800 cubic metres (280,000 cu ft) of water per second during the floods in 1988. This is over three times the average high season flow rate of Niagra Falls.

The gorge at the Augrabies Falls is 240 metres (800 ft) deep and 18 kilometres (10 miles) long, and is an impressive example of granite erosion.

Our Experience:

The roads leading to Augrabies via Kakamas or Pofadder is a narrow tarred road, which is well maintained and suitable for any type of vehicle.

As we drove the ±20km to the gates of the Augrabies Falls National Park, we received a friendly welcome at the gates. The entry form were completed and of we went to the reception at the main building. It’s about another 3km’s drive alongside the mighty Orange River, to reception. Parking is not a problem, as there is ample parking for day visitors. You might get welcomed by one of the local monkeys waiting for his/her loot from a visitor.

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Local Monkey

As we paid for the permit, we decided to have breakfast at the restaurant, as they serve affordable good food, and it comes in proper servings. We each had a Beef Burger with Chips and a fruit juice. that was more than sufficient to last us until supper.

After the scrumptious breakfast we headed for the Falls. The sun was picking up its paste, and temperatures were increasing fast. The walkways leading to all the lookout platforms makes it accessible for almost everybody.

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Direction to the Falls

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Walkways to the Lookout Platforms

It was easy to reach all the Lookout Platforms, and at each platform we were met by one the famous lizards. They are quite harmless and beautiful to admire. These lizards can move so quickly and stare at something for some time.

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We started at the furthest platform from the Falls, and made our way to the main fall. The Falls were not in flood, and it was very gently rolling over the granite rocks, falling down into the gorge.

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Main Fall @ Augrabies Waterfall

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Augrabies Waterfall photographed from a Lookout Platform

If you are a photographer, and love to capture landscapes, Augrabies Falls will keep you occupied for quite some time. As long as you’re not flying drones you can use whatever piece of equipment to capture the tranquility of the Augrabies Falls.

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Riana & Dirk, from The Travelling Dual

We had a great short visit to the Falls, and had to move on to our destination in Namaqualand.

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