Augrabies Falls, Northern Cape
Did you know?
The Khoi call the Augrabies Falls Aukoerabis, 'the place of noise'.
To understand why the Khoisan people referred to the Augrabies Falls as "the place of great noise", you need to come and experience them for yourself. Particularly when there has been plenty of rain and the Orange River is overflowing, you will experience the full might of the water as it thunders down the 56m-high falls. The might of this natural wonder will stay with you long after you have left the falls.
The Augrabies Falls are situated 120km to the west of Upington in the Northern Cape. They form part of the Augrabies Falls National Park, which is rich with endemic and indigenous plant and animal species.
On the menu of plant species is the enigmatic Quiver tree or Kokerboom (Aloe dichotoma). Traditionally, the Khoisan hunters made their quivers from this tree which dates back thousands of years and which produces vivd yellow flowers in May and June.
The Augrabies Falls National Park offers an ancient landscape that will take you back in time to the world of the first hunter-gatherers.
Just as they did thousands of years ago, if you sit silently you might be treated to the sight of a beautiful pair of klipspringers grazing - all the while keeping alert to the slightest sign of trouble from any of the predators, including leopards, jackals and the African wild cat. The klipspringers are not the only ones that are preyed upon. The park is the natural habitat for other antelope species such as steenbok, springbok, gemsbok, kudu and eland. You will hopefully see them all as you explore the park.
Complete your visit with a bird's eye view of the park from the top of the Moon Rock - a vast 'whaleback' dome which is a prominent landmark of Augrabies Falls. Walking to the summit will give one of the best views of the park and its surroundings.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Augrabies Falls National Park
Tel: +27 (0)54 452 9200
Fax: +27 (0)54 451 5003.
How to get here
Augrabies Falls National Park is situated 120km west of Upington and 40km northwest of Kakamas on a tarred access route. National air links to Upington and a private airfield 5km from the park. Internal roads are gravelled.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit is in winter between March and October.
Around the area
Nearby attractions include the Spitskop Nature Reserve, Vaalbos National Park along the Vaal River with its abundant wildlife and Witsand Nature Reserve with its stunning 2500 hectares of brilliant white sand.
Tours to do
A diversity of tours are on offer, including the Namakwaland Daisy Tour.
Getting around can be by canoe trail, through day walks, hiking trails or by mountain bike.
Length of stay
Several days to one week.
What to pack
Visitors are advised to bring a hat, walking shoes, sun block, camera, binoculars and wildlife reference books. Hikers must always carry sufficient water.
Where to stay
Accommodation is available at the Augrabies Restcamp in the form of family cottages and bungalows.
What to eat
Picnic sites and barbecue facilities are available. There is a restaurant at the Augrabies Restcamp.
The town's major event is the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon.
Souvenirs include some local arts and crafts.