Augrabies National Park  

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The Khoi people called it 'Aukoerebis', place of great noise, referring to the Orange River thundering its way down 60 metres in a spectacular waterfall.

The 18 kilometre abyss of the Orange River Gorge and craggy outcrops dominate scrub-dotted plains. 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 28 000 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 the endangered black rhino.


How to get there

Augrabies Falls National Park lies 120 km west of Upington and 40 km northwest of Kakamas on a tarred access route. National air links to Upington and a private airfield 5 km from the park. Internal roads are gravelled.


Gate hours

April to September: 06:30 22:00
October to March: 06:00 22:00



  • Four-bed family cottages, two bedrooms, bathroom (bath), air-conditioning and equipped kitchen.
  • Bungalows (3 or 4 persons), bathroom (shower), air-conditioning and equipped kitchen.
  • Two three-bedded bungalows have been adapted for handicapped persons.



  • Caravan and camping sites in shaded area.
  • A maximum of 6 persons, one caravan/tent and one vehicle or one autovilla permitted per site.
  • Communal camp kitchen with two-plate stoves, and sinks, communal ablution facilities, laundry and ironing room.
  • All sites have power points.



  • Waterfall view points walking distance from the restaurant complex.
  • Game viewing at leisure using own vehicle.
  • Klipspringer Hiking Trail: 3 days, 2 nights and 12 persons per group. Advance bookings essential. Closed October to March due to heat.
  • Dassie Nature trails (no bookings necessary):
    • Arrow Point (one hour) 
    • Potholes (one hour) 
    • Moon Rock (one hour).
  • Night drives: minimum 4 persons required to secure.
  • Three swimming pools for residents.
  • Gariep 3-in-1 Adventure: This is a three-part adventure comprising rowing for 4 km down the mighty Orange River, walking for 4 km and returning to camp by mountain bike (12 km). Enquiries and reservations at the park.


  • Picnic area for day visitors with ablution and barbecue facilities.
  • Shop, Shibula Restaurant.
  • Public telephones, fuel.
  • Three swimming pools for residents.
  • Information on birds, reptile and mammal species found in the park, is available at reception on request.



Hot summers and cold nights during winter. January to April is the rainy season. March to October are the most pleasant months in the park.




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How to get there
Gate Hours

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