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Augrabies is a tiny town located in the Green Kalahari Desert in the Northern Cape Province. The town is a short distance from the Augrabies National Park and along the fertile banks of the Orange River that separates South Africa from its northerly neighbours.
Most people identify the word Augrabies with the waterfall that lies in the Augrabies National Park. South Africa’s first nation, the Khoi people, call the waterfall Akroerabis, meaning the place of great noise, and Augrabies is the accepted distortion of the word, simply because of the complex clicks and consonant pronunciations in the Khoi word. The waterfall is 56 metres high, however, water travels downward for a total of 185m before reaching the pool below. By the time the water hits the visible 56 meter mark, a spurt jets outward in a magnificent display of hydro power.
The town is rather sparse but has all the necessary conveniences (banking, fuel, groceries, etc.) to meet traveller’s needs. The surrounding area is rich in unique fauna and flora and is a prime producer of sweet table grapes. Aside from the waterfall, game viewing, birding, hiking and local culture are some of the exciting attractions in Augrabies.
Top 6 reasons to visit Augrabies
1. For interesting oral history and lively storytelling, speak to the locals to find out about the legends and mysteries that surround Augrabies and whether or not the pools below the waterfall are filled with diamonds.
2. Drive to the Augrabies National Park to view the waterfall, take a game drive to see the black rhino, climb Moon Rock for incredible vistas and shout your name out at Echo Corner, a valley so vast that echoing sound takes a few seconds to be heard.
3. Hikers will enjoy the 3-day Klipspringer Hiking Trail. The trail follows the Orange River for 8km before veering off into the wilderness... Show more