Few sights are as awesome or a sound as deafening as water thundering down the 56-m Augrabies Waterfall when the Orange River is in full flood. The Khoi people called it ‘Aukoerebis’, or place of Great Noise, as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterized by the 18-km abyss of the Orange River Gorge.

The Augrabies Falls National Park, an hour from Upington, comprises an area of 820 sq km and stretches along the Orange River. The vegetation is suited to the arid desert climate. The Kokerboom, or Quiver Tree grow here. They are succulents and can store huge amounts of water in their stems and so survive long periods of drought. The park contains a game reserve with rhinos as the main attraction.

Picturesque names such as Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner are descriptive of this rocky region. Klipspringer and kokerboom (quiver trees) stand in stark silhouette against the African sky, silent sentinels in a strangely unique environment where only those that are able to adapt ultimately survive.

The 55 383 hectares on both the northern and southern sides of the Orange River provide sanctuary to a diversity of species, from the very smallest succulents, birds and reptiles to springbok, gemsbok and giraffe.

Augrabies is called the place of great noise. Especially in late summer, when the river carries a lot of water, the roaring waters fully justify that name. New waterfalls then form at the sidewalls, and the air is filled with dense spraying fog. The gorge at the Augrabies Falls is 240 m deep and 18 km long. It is a most impressive example of granite erosion. When the whole landmass of the area lifted about 500 million years ago, the Orange River slowly started to dig its bed into the ground.
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The Orange River drops 191 metres at the Augrabies Falls. The thundering cascade of water led the original Hottentot residents to believe that evil spirits were active here, and so they named the waterfall Ankoerebis, "place of big noises", from which the Trek Boers, who settled here later on, derived the name Augrabies.
Places of Interest

Any visitor to the Augrabies Falls National Park must know that there is more to the park than the waterfall. There are especially 5 areas of interest.

* The Falls
* Moon Rock
* Ararat
* Arrow Point
* Echo Corner


The Augrabies Restcamp offers:

Four-bed family cottages with two bedrooms, bathroom (bath), air-conditioning and equipped kitchen.

Bungalows (3 or 4 persons) with bathroom (shower), air-conditioning and equipped kitchen.

Two three-bedded bungalows have been adapted for handicapped persons.

Facilities at the restcamp includes:
Shop, Shibula Restaurant and Gariep Ladies' Bar. Public telephones, fuel.
Information on birds, reptile and mammal species found in the park.


* Waterfall view points walking distance from the restaurant complex.
* Game viewing at leisure using own vehicle.
* Nature trails (no bookings necessary):
* Arrow Point (one hour)
* Potholes (one hour)
* Moon Rock (one hour).
* Night drives during peak holiday periods.
* Three swimming pools for residents.
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The Falls Guest House. Self Catering Cottages Accommodation in Augrabies, Northern Cape, South Africa
On your way to the Augrabies Falls enjoy peace and tranquility in a beautiful guesthouse surrounded by green vineyards and sweeping landscapes.

The guesthouse exists of four modern stylish private units. Every unit has a spacious room, warmly furnished with a bathroom and fully equipped kitchen area. Big luxurious fluffy towels, showers with multifunctional showerheads and under-floor heated tiles, makes it a spa experience.

The tastefully decorated rooms consist of an air conditioner, heater as well as a television. Getting into a gracious bed under covers of soft crispy white duvets after an exciting and adventures day enjoyed in the Northern Cape, makes you feel like royalty, surrounded by style and luxury.

Coffee and some homemade rusks in the fully equipped kitchen make an excellent late night feast. In the morning a delightful farm style breakfast can be feasted on at the lapa area looking out over a valley of lush green vineyards.

For cold winter nights there are barbeque facilities and for those hot summer days a sea blue swimming pool to relax and cool off in.

A stay in The Falls guesthouse is a truly relaxing and luxurious experience. With warm welcoming and friendly hospitality this guesthouse with its tranquil setting is a sight worth seeing when visiting the Northern Cape
Fauna and Flora

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 often 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.

Both Black Stork and Black Eagle breed in the park. Other species of interest that occur include: Pygmy Falcon, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Rosyfaced Lovebird, Namaqua and Blackchested Prinia, Cinnamonbreasted Warbler, Tractrac, Mountain and Karoo Chat, Marico, Chat and Fairy Flycatcher and Great Sparrow. There is also an isolated western population of Doublebanded Sandgrouse in addition to the more common Namaqua Sandgrouse. General birding is best around the rest camp itself and here one should see plenty of Redeyed Bulbul, Palewinged Starling, Whitethroated Canary, Cape White-eye, Redheaded Finch and Karoo Robin amongst others. 

Augrabies is the largest conservation area (18 200 ha) within the Orange River Nama Karoo vegetation type. The most characteristic plant in the park is the giant aloe called quiver tree (kokerboom), Aloe dichotoma. The quiver tree is perfectly adapted to the dry desert and semi-desert areas on the rocky hills, the extreme temperatures and the infertile soil. It grows three to five metres high. The tree gets its name from the fact that the Bushmen (San) used the soft branches to make quivers for their arrows. The eye-catching silhouette of the quiver tree is typical of the Northern Cape landscape. The trees flower a canary-yellow in the winter. Swarms of birds and locusts are attracted to their copious nectar, and baboons tear the flowers apart to get to the sweet liquor.
The Augrabies Falls and the National Park provide sanctuary to a diversity of species, from the very smallest succulents, birds and reptiles to springbok, gemsbok and the endangered black rhino. Augrabies Falls National Park lies 120 km west of Upington and 40 km northwest of Kakamas on a tarred access route.
The Augrabies Falls are without doubt the most impressive waterfalls along the Orange River and are located approximately 120 km downstream of Upington. The falls occur at a point where the Orange River alters from a wide slowly flowing river traversing sandy soils to a fast flowing narrow river cutting its way through ancient granites.The name 'Augrabies' is derived from the Khoi word meaning 'the noisy one ' which can be well appreciated by anyone visiting the falls.
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Come and explore Arrie Se Put Guesthouse, give your eyes an education and see this world for yourself – who ever said that business can't be mixed with pleasure.
In this region of dramatic contrasts, the mighty Orange River surges across a lunar landscape and plummets in a torrent of sound and fury into a deep ravine - the Augrabies Falls of South Africa. Augrabies Falls National Park, the Khoi people called it 'Aukoerebis', the place of the Great Noise, referring to the Orange River thundering its way downwards for 60 metres in a spectacular waterfall. Picturesque names such as Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner are descriptive of this rocky region, characterised by the 18 kilometre abyss of the Orange River Gorge and craggy outcrops dominating scrub-dotted plains
A piece of heaven in the Northern Cape South Africa
Surrounded by a valley of vineyards and sweeping landscapes, the Falls Guesthouse is the perfect place to stay when visiting The Augrabies Falls.  Four luxurious private units stylishly decorated with heaters, air-conditioning, television and under floor heating.  Each unit consists of a charming bathroom and fully equipped self-catering kitchen.  Next to the swimming pool a delightful breakfast is served at the Lapa area in a quiet tranquil garden while enjoying the unique beauty of this environment
On the beautiful farm Fraaigelegen lies one of the beauties of the Northern Cape, The Falls Guest House, surrounded by an atmosphere of hospitality and world class luxury. This hospitality has been enjoyed for years by guests in this area.
The Falls guesthouse is on the route to Namaqualand, Richtersveld, Namibia, West Coast, Kalahari and Fish river canyons.

The Augrabies Falls
Augrabies, the land of noise and desert. The mighty Orange River provides the main attraction at the Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northern Cape. The defeating cascade of Augrabies Falls plunges meters into a rippling pool. The pool below the falls, has given rise to several legends. According to one, it contains a fortune in alluvial diamonds washed down by the river through the ages.

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