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Augrabies Falls National Park

Augrabies, Northern Cape Province

Augrabies is a small town situated on the banks of the Orange River approximately 100 kilometres from Upington in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The town is just outside the Augrabies Falls National Park, home to the Augrabies Falls for which the town is named.

Airport

The nearest international airport to the reserve is Cape Town International Airport. Travellers can then take a connecting flight to Upington Domestic Airport which is situated 120 kilometres (74.4 miles) from the Augrabies Falls National Park.

When is the best time to visit Augrabies Falls National Park?

Augrabies Falls National Park is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between the months of April and September. This time of the year, the popular three- day Klipspringer Trail is open. Nonetheless, the waterfall is particularly remarkable when in flood (usually in Feb to April).

Self –guided game drives or guided night drives with park officials is available at the park. Expect to spot gemsbok, springbok, kudu, giraffe and birds.

Attractions at Augrabies include:

⦁ 4 x 4 trails 
⦁ Bird Watching 
⦁ Canoeing 
⦁ Game Drives 
⦁ Hiking Trails 
⦁ Hunting 
⦁ Mountain Biking 
⦁ Rafting Adventures 

Beneficial information

The reserve is situated in a low-risk malaria area. There might be a small possibility of infection during summer months. Gnats (Miggies as locals would say) can become an annoyance, especially near water, nevertheless; applying bug spray keeps them away.

The rocks and paths around the gorge are known to be tremendously slippery and visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution when viewing the waterfall.

Tip

If you’re in the reserve during the extremely hot summer months,  always remember to carry extra water – to keep hydrated. Be sure to pack in your sunblock and a sun hat.

Did you know?

The Khoi people called it “Aukoerebis” meaning the place of Great Noise. It is also one of the largest waterfalls in South Africa.

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