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Augrabiesvalle

Nasionale Park

Plek van Groot Geraas

Die Khoi-mense het dit 'Aukoerebis' genoem, of 'n plek van Groot Geraas, aangesien hierdie kragtige watervloei uit die Oranjerivier ontketen word van die rotsagtige omgewing van die Augrabies-waterval, wat hier by 'n afgrond van 75 meter donder en unieke roetes uitgrawe deur die dorre landskap.

Augrabies Falls Nasionale Park het net een kamp, ​​maar dit is ook die grootste kamp van al die Arid Parks in Suid-Afrika. Die 120 beddens (uitgesluit die kampplek) is in konstante aanvraag, dus maak seker dat jy goed vooruit boek.
Augrabies Falls National park
Accommodation Option 01

Camping Stands

Augrabies Falls National Park offers scenic camping and caravan stands with lush lawns and ample shade.

Each stand can accommodate up to 6 adults and comes with a braai, water and electricity, access to clean amblutions, and communal kitchen and laundry rooms.

"Book your accommodation through Trans Augrabies MTB directly to enjoy the Event Discount!" - Veteran's Tip

Accommodation Options
Accommodation Option 02

Family Chalets

The Park also offers a range of Chalets dotted along the Orange River Gorge.

All chalets are fully equipped with self-catering facilities and are air-conditioned. More than half of the camp sites, all set in a wonderfully shady area, have electricity and besides the usual ablution facilities there is also a communal kitchen, laundry and ironing room.

Forget the braai at the Chalet and head over to the Tent to enjoy Dinner in the Bunch instead. - Veteren's Tip

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Park Activities

Fauna & Flora

Mammals

Nocturnal life in Augrabies Falls is abundant, especially during the warm summer months, and many animals take the opportunity to wander and feed during the cooler nights. Typical night-time hunters such as the African wild cat, bat-eared fox, free-tailed bat, aardwolf and the small spotted genet will often be spotted during night drives in the park. Additionally, many antelope species as well as the giraffe are often active during the night, making an encounter even more special. The stealthiest predator in the park, the leopard, is rarely seen but a sighting remains an ever present possibility. Temperature fluctuations in the region have resulted in unique adaptations in animals. The animals in Augrabies can survive in extreme high and low temperatures. Smaller animals make use of whatever shade is available as well as burrows, rock crevices and fallen trees. The types of animals that have made these adaptations are the slender mongoose, the yellow mongoose, and rock dassies. An interesting mammal found in Augrabies is the cape clawless otter; their presence in the park indicates that the river ecosystem is relatively healthy. The giraffes found in Augrabies are lighter in colour than those found in the regions of the east, as a counter measure for the extreme heat. One of the most often seen antelope is the klipspringer, which are normally seen in pairs. Other antelope found in the park are steenbok, springbok, gemsbok, kudu and eland. Predators in Augrabies come in the form of leopard, black backed jackals, caracal, the bat eared fox, and the African wild cat, and the elusive leopard. Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra (Equus Hartmannae) is also present in the park and due to their endangered status are closely monitored by the park rangers. A total of 49 mammal species, including a number of rodent species, have been recorded.

Reptiles

Another group of animals that is thankful for the diverse habitat Augrabies Falls National Park (AFNP) offers is the reptiles.

Unfortunately reptile enthusiasts can only expect a glimpse of the many interesting creatures during the summer months. AFNP is home to 41 reptile species, the most famous being Broadley’s flat lizard, locally known as the Augrabies flat lizard. The lizard is only found within a 100 km radius of the falls and is guaranteed at every view point of the falls on warm days. Various agamas (Ground, Anchieta’s and Southern rock) are a common sight basking on the boulders, so be on the look out for those since they are so excellent at blending in with their environment.

The most infamous snake found here is arguably the black spitting cobra and is most often spotted during the early mornings or late afternoons. Many snakes enjoy sunbathing on the rocks in the morning; nevertheless they are very difficult to spot. Other snake species that can be found here are: cape cobra, horned adder, desert mountain adder, Beetz’s tiger snake, Karoo sand snake and several others. For your information no snake bites have ever been documented at AFNP.

Look out for the Nile monitor who can also be found next to the main river and the smaller streams flowing through the park and at night time the helpful thick-toed gecko’s come out to relieve us from unwanted insects. Regularly seen is the often massive leopard tortoise (adults weigh up to 20kg) which enjoys feeding on the fresh grass and aloes of the campsite.

A complete list of all reptiles & amphibians can be found at AFNP reception desk.

5 reptiles to spot:

  • Broadley’s Flat Lizard (Platysaurus broadleyi)
  • Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus)
  • Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis)
  • Black Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricollis woodi)
  • Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)

Highlights

The Augrabies Falls waterfall and the adjoining ravine are considered one of the most spectacular sights in South Africa and is a highly recommended destination. Located in an arid-area, the reserve offers spectacular scenery and is one of the best locations in South Africa to view Klipspringer and Dassies (Rock Hyrax). The nature reserve is not only about the waterfall and visitors should take time to explore the surrounding area as well. The Klipspringer Hiking trail is a 3 day, 2 night hiking trail that leads one further into the reserve, providing an excellent overview of the landscape.

Activities
There are a number of observation points near to the waterfall from which visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the waterfall. The game viewing road network allows visitors to explore the reserve and enjoy sightings of the 48 different mammal species found here, including Springbok, Red Hartebeest, Greater Kudu and Giraffe. Steenbok are also common along the open sand-flats and Klipspringer are regularly seen in the rocky areas. The Dassie Nature Trail is a 5 kilometre (3.1 miles) self-guided hiking trail that leads one on a circular route along the gorge to Arrow Point and then out across the landscape before returning to the camp. There is also a 3 day hiking trail, known as the Klipspringer Hiking Trail, which visitors can pre-book to go on.
Park-run Activities
Park-run activities include, guided game-viewing night drives as well as the Gariep 3-in-1 Adventure activity that takes one on a 3 kilometre (1.86 miles) canoe ride on the Orange River, followed by a 4 kilometre (2.48 miles) hike and an 11 kilometre (6.82 miles) mountain bike ride. The 94 kilometre (58.2 miles) Wilderness Road is a 6 hour long 4X4 trail with a scenic picnic spot along the way and braai (barbeque) facilities.
Facilities
Aside from the beautiful scenery and breath-taking natural splendour of the Augrabies Falls, the Augrabies Falls National Park offers a well-priced restaurant and comfortable accommodation. The game drive does not provide sighting of abundant game, but is still recommended as a way of getting a bigger overview of the reserve and its landscape. The walkways and viewpoints are occasionally damaged from water and visitors are advised to be cautious and not allow small children to run around too close to the edge.
Climate

The Augrabies Falls National Park is located in an arid area known for extreme temperatures. Day time summer time temperatures are usually around 25°C to 27°C but have been known to reach a staggering 46°C (115°F) with rock surface temperatures exceeding 70°C.

Winters on the other hand drop to below freezing. Rainfall occurs in the form of thunderstorms between January and April and the river area above the waterfall is known to periodically flood due to heavy rainfall in the upper catchment area of the Orange River.

Useful Information

Handy Hints

  • Remember to bring a hat, walking shoes, sun block, camera, binoculars and wildlife reference books.
  • As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night.
  • Hikers on day and overnight trails must always carry sufficient water.
  • Take cool or light clothing for summer and warm for winter – area prone to sudden weather changes.

Park Contact Details

Augrabies Falls
  • For reservations and availability, please e-mail Hierdie e-posadres word van Spambotte beskerm. Jy moet JavaScript ontsper om dit te lees. or phone them on +27 (0)12 428 9111
  • For any other enquiries, e-mail Hierdie e-posadres word van Spambotte beskerm. Jy moet JavaScript ontsper om dit te lees. or phone us on the following numbers:
  • Tel: +27 (0) 54 452 9200
  • Fax: +27 (0) 54 451 5003

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