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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... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.