Augrabies Falls National Park
Incredibly impressive when at full volume, the Augrabies Falls thunder 60m into the Orange River gorge, earning the name “Aukoerebis”, meaning “place of great noise” in the Khoi language.
The gorge extends 18 km and offers some excellent white water rafting, a characteristic of the Orange River, which can be rafted at various point throughout South Africa, and is characterised by unique and beautiful rock formations.
The Augrabies Falls National Park extends the south and north sides of the river, 28 000 hectares in total, and is home to small rock-dwelling antelope such as the klipspringer (“rock jumper”), the impressive gemsbok or oryx, giraffe, and the endangered black rhino; along with the cape clawless otter, which is known for inhabiting healthy waterways.
Sparse vegetation offers excellent game sighting opportunities, and the 3-day, 2-night klipspringer hiking trail allows an excellent overview of the unique landscape of the park.
The local people group, the Nama, have adapted well to the harsh environment, living in mat houses that are very well suited to the extreme temperatures. The reeds from which the mats are made shrink in summer, allowing the breeze to filter in, swelling again in the winter rains to keep out the cold and damp.
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