Accommodation: Hotel near Augrabies Falls National Park
Activities: Self-drive game viewing, night drives, hiking trails, canoeing, mountain biking, 4x4 trails, swimming
Highlights: See the impressive Augrabies Falls, desert scenery
Augrabies is derived from the Khoi name for 'place of the Great Noise' – one of the world’s largest waterfalls. The Augrabies Falls National Park region is home to the Nama people and highly adaptable animals and plants. Only the strongest can survive in this ruggedly beautiful part of South Africa.
Such names as Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner provide great viewing sites of Augrabies Falls National Park, stunning scenery and African wildlife as well as the unforgettable sights and sounds of the powerful falls. When the river is in full flood, great volumes of water move through the 18km (11 mile) abyss of the gorge and thunder down the 56 metre waterfall.
Guests can explore the craggy outcrops and scrub-dotted plains on game drives, hikes, mountain bikes and on a 4x4 trail. A great diversity of species, from the very smallest succulents, birds and reptiles to Springbok, Gemsbok and Giraffe reside on both sides of the Orange River. This region’s flora and fauna have developed unique adaptations to survive the extreme temperature fluctuations ranging from very low to very high.
Predators in Augrabies come in the form of Black Backed Jackal, Caracal, Bat Eared Fox, African Wild Cat and the elusive Leopard. Park rangers closely monitor the endangered Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra in the park. Another interesting resident is the Cape Clawless Otter; its presence indicates a healthy river eco-system.
Facilities at Augrabies Falls National Park
- Shop and Shibula Restaurant
- Conference Facilities (fully equipped / air conditioned) for up to 70 people
- Three swimming pools for residents
- Public telephones and fuel
- Picnic area for Day Visitors (ablution, barbecue facilities, swimming pool)
- Park information on birds, reptiles and mammals available at reception