Wildlife Sanctuaries and Game Lodges

ID #1362

Augrabies Falls National Park, Kakamas, Kalahari, Northern Cape.

The Khoi called it ďAkoerabisĒ -- the place of great noise. The Orange (Gariep) River plunges 60-m in a spectacular waterfall. Names such as Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner are descriptive of the region, an 18-km Gorge. Klipspringer and kokerboom (quiver) trees stand as silent sentinels in this environment where only those able to adapt are able to survive. 28000-Ha on either side of the Orange River provides sanctuary to the diversity of species, from the smallest of succulents to birds, reptiles, springbok, gemsbok and the endangered black rhino. Hot summers and cold nights during winter. The rainy season lasts from January through April.† March through October is the most pleasant times to visit. Gate hours: 06h30 to 22h00 April through September. 06h00 to 22h000 October through March.

Accommodation: Four-bed family cottages, two bedrooms, bathroom (bath), air conditioning and equipped kitchen. Bungalows (three or four persons), bathroom (shower), air-conditioning and equipped kitchen. Two and three bed bungalows have been adapted for handicapped visitors. Camping: Caravan and camping sites in shaded area. Maximum of six persons per site. Communal kitchen with stoves, sinks, ablution facilities, laundry and ironing room. All sites have electrical outlets. Picnic area for day visitors. Shop, Shibula restaurant and Gariep ladies bar. Public telephones and fuel available. Information on animals in the park is available at reception. Waterfall view-points within walking distance of the restaurant complex. Game viewing at leisure in own vehicle.

Klipspringer Hiking Trail: Three days and two nights. Advanced bookings essential. Closed from October through March. Nature Trails (no bookings necessary: Arrow Point, Potholes and Moon Rock (all one hour). Night drives during holiday periods. Privately operated canoe trails and river rafting by independent operators Ė Contact the organisers at +27 (54) 451 0177 telephone.

No pets, motorcycles, bicycles, rollerblades or skateboards are allowed into the park. Malaria prophylactics essential. Vehicle repairs, medical services, post office and police services in Kakamas (40-km). Shoes must be worn on summer evenings to avoid scorpion stings.

Kakamas is on the N14 southwest of Upington, which is at the intersection of the N10 with the N14. Travel north from Kakamas to the park. ADAugrabies

Contct:††† †††† South African National Parks
Box 787 Pretoria 0001
+27 (12) 343 1991 telephone
+27 (12) 343 0905 fax
e-mail reservations@parks-sa.co.za
web: www.parks-sa.co.za

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Last update: 2014-05-14 21:09
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