South Africa :: Northern Cape (Great Karoo)
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area
The Augrabies Falls National Park is close to Upington, a large town in the Northern Cape. These magnificent falls pressing through a narrow rock ravine, remains the main attraction of the Northern Cape.
Few sights are as awesome or a sound as deafening as water thundering down the 56m Augrabies Waterfall when the Orange River is in full flood. The road to Augrabies entrance gate is tarred but the internal roads are gravelled suitable for a sedan vehicle.
The Augrabies Waterfall is named after the Khoi word 'Aukoerebis' meaning Place of Great Noise. The 55 383ha reserve is home to springbok, gemsbok and giraffe, along with spectacular views over the Orange River and Falls.
The park has gravel and grassed caravan sites. Hot summers and cold nights during winter. January to April is the rainy season. March to October has the nicest weather, and is the best time to visit the park, and is after the summer rains which will provide water for the falls.
They are motorbike friendly.
The waterfalls are within walking distance (250m) from the main buildings (reception/shop area). There are 6 viewing decks along the gorge.
|Address :||36km or 28min WNW of Kakamas, Northern Cape, South Africa|
|Postal :||South African National Parks, P.O. Box 787, Pretoria, 0001, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Contact :||Augrabies Falls National Park|
|Contact 2 :||Reservations|
|Tel :||+27(0)54 452 9200|
|Tel2 :||+27(0)12 428 9111|
|Cell :||+27(0)82 233 9111|
|Gate :||+27(0)78 588 3158 /+27(0)54 452 9256|
|Fax :||+27(0)54 451 5003|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Host Website :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||Vodacom|
Main gate: 07:00-18:30
|Best Time to Visit :||April -October ( Autumn / Early Winter)|
|Gate Opening and Closing Times :||Apr-Sep: 06:30-22:00; Oct-Mar: 06:00-22:00.|
|Reception Opening and Closing Times :||07:00-19:00|
|Payment Methods Accepted :||Credit Card, Travellers Cheque, Debit Card|
|Types of Foreign Currency Accepted :||No foreign currency is accepted.|
|Fee/s :||Conservation fee is between R49-R194 per person. (Jun-2018)|
|Nearest ATM :||2km/Augrabies/Noudonsies|
|Nearest Bank :||Kakamas/40km|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+27(0)54 451 0391|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+27(0)54 431 0866|
|Doctor :||Yes||Doctor Telephone :||+27(0)82 553 8816|
|Tourist Information :||Yes||Tourist Information Telephone :||+27(0)54 452 9200|
|Towing Service :||Yes||Towing Service Telephone :||+27(0)82 550 2157|
|Facilities :||Shops, General Dealer, Lodging, Camping, Restaurant|
|Conference Facilities, Child Friendly, Public Telephone, Swimming Pool, Restrooms, Landing Strip Nearby|
|Game Viewing, Night Drives, 4WD Trails, Picnics, Hiking Trails, Swimming|
|Game to View :||Many antelope species such as klipspringer. Steenbok. Springbok. Gemsbok. Kudu and eland.|
|Notes on Activities :||(Some activities may be offered nearby).|
|Closest Town :||Kakamas|
Technical Tel: +27(0)78 849 1102. (July 2015).
Security Tel: +27(0)76 423 9431. (July 2015).
Poison Information centre: +27(0)21 931 6129 (24 hours). (July 2015).
The police number provided is for the police in Kakamas. (July 2015).
The Augrabies police station number is +27(0)2754 451 0378.
The hospital number provided is for the hospital in Kakamas. (July 2015).
The number for the medi-clinic in Upington is +27(0)54 338 8900. (July 2015).
The doctor number provided is for Dr. Slabbert. (July 2015).
Another doctor is Dr Ackermann on +27(0)54 431 0396.
The following services can be found in Kakamas about 40km: Vehicle repairs, medical services, post office and police.
Another town in number is +27(0)83 411 7941.
The shop at the park is well stocked with basics, including meat, wood, cooldrinks, ice, ships, vegetables in season etc.
Closest Airport is Upington which is 120km from the park.
There is a private landing strip only a few kilometres from the park: please contact Augrabies Falls if you require more information.
Beware of baboons and vervet monkeys in the park! Do not feed animals. You are not allowed to gather firewood in the park. You may not remove any rock or plant from the park. Do not exceed the speed limits!
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