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Augrabies Falls


The Khoi people called it "Aukoerebis", or place of Great Noise, as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterised by the 18km abyss of the Orange River Gorge.


Natural splendour is seldom as dominating as the powerful reverberation of water surging over a waterfall. In the case of the Orange River, flood season makes this a potent reality, as water torrents over the fifty-six meter Augrabies waterfall into a breaktaking eighteen kilometer gorge.
Augrabies National Park Rest Camp is steeped in the character of the surrounding area, the region dotted with rocky outcrops and blanketed with names like Arrarat, Moon Rock and Echo Corner. 55 383 hectares of sanctuary hosting a range of species means that guests looking to spot wildlife will feel as relaxed as the gensbok or Pygmy Falcoln they are spotting.


Activities & Facilities

Attractions to the Augrabies Falls National Park include waterfall viewpoints within easy reach of a restaurant block, self driven game viewing, Arrow point and Moon rock, each an hour outside of the camp, night drives under the supervision of well trained and eager park guides (subject to availability), and specifically set-up mountain bike trails within the park.

The Klipspringer hiking trail is a three day, two night excursion accommodating up to twelve people. Advance booking is essential, and the trail is closed from October to March due to the heat. Dassie nature trail is a five kilometer self guided hike on a circular route to Arrow Point, through the Potholes and Moonrock, and then back to the main camp. For the full, off-road experience, the ninety-four kilometer Wilderness road will take approximately six hours to complete in a 4 x 4 vehicle, with a picnic stop with ablution and braai (barbecue) facilities halfway along the trail .

Facilities in the park include a picnic area available to day visitors with ablution and barbecue facilities and a swimming pool, shops, the Shibula Restaurant, public telephones, fuel stations, three swimming pools available to residents, as well as conference facilities.

Important Information

Augrabies Falls' gates are open to day visitors. Hikers are reminded to take along sufficient water supplies for overnight trails, as well as appropriate clothing, always keeping the area's tendency towards sudden shifts in weather in mind.

Pets are not allowed in the retreat or surrounding camps. Firearms must be declared and sealed at the front gate, to be unsealed upon departure. Shoes should be warn in summer in order to avoid scorpion stings.

Vehicle repair, medical, post office and police services are available at Kakamas. Motorcycles, bicycles, rolerblades and skateboards are not permitted within the park.

Kenya, Maasai Mara, Bateared Fox


Night-time predators in this area include the African wild cat, bat-eared fox, black footed cat, free-tailed bat, aardwolf and the small spotted genet. Additionally, many antelope species as well as the giraffe are continuously active in the area, daylight also bringing leopard, black backed jackals, caracal, the bat eared fox, and the African wild cat.

Birding in the rest-camp often rewards guests with sightings of orange River White-eye (recently separated from Cape White-eye ), Red-eyed Bulbul, Red-headed Finch, Pale-winged Starling and Karoo Scrub Robin, as well as lovebirds, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Acacia Pied Barbet, Ashy Tit, Pririt Batis and Dusky Sunbird.

The largest conservation area within the Orange River Broken Veld, at 51 430 hectares, Augrabies'most characteristic plant is the giant aloe called quiver tree (kokerboom), Aloe dichotoma. Add to that the nearly seventy species of grass, shrubs, herbs and trees found in this national park, notable variaties being the dominant Camel thorn (Acacia erioloba), Sweet thorn tree (Acacia karroo), and Shepherd’s tree (Boscia albitrunca), known colloquially as ‘Witgat”, and it's not hard to see this park for the conservationist's paradise that it is.


By Air:

The closest national airport is located in Upington, 120km from Augrabies Falls National Park. There are daily links between Upington, Cape Town and Johannesburg. There is a private landing strip only a few kilometers from the park.

By Road:

• From Cape Town take the N7 north to Springbok.
• When you arrive in Springbok turn onto the N14 to Kakamas and Upington.
• About 10km before Kakamas turn left into the R359, the park will be signposted.
• From this point onwards you will reach the park after driving another 39km. The entrance to the park will be signposted.
From Johannesburg:

• Take the N14 through the North-West Province to Kuruman and then onwards to Upington.
• From Upington keep on the N14 towards Kakamas and once you reach the centre of town the park will be signposted.
• Keep on the N14 when passing through Kakamas and after 10km turn left on the R359.
• From this point onwards you will reach the park after driving another 39km. The entrance to the park will be signposted.

Gate Times: 7 AM to 6:30 PM

• Please note that although the gate is manned 24 hours a day, you need to make prior arrangements with the park if you plan to arrive after 18.30 or wish to leave before 07:00.

Entrance Gate: -28.61740 (latitude), 20.34923 (longitude)
Reception: -28.49200 (latitude), 19.95309 (longitude)

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