The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Augrabies Falls National Park

Afrikaans name: Augrabies Nasionale Park

Hut accommodation near the waterfall

Augrabies Falls National Park hutted accommodation

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

The Augrabies Falls National Park, in the Northern Cape, is the location of the spectacular Augrabies waterfall. Here the Orange River plunges 56 metres into an 18 km long canyon. During floods in 1988 around 7,800 cubic metres of water was going over the falls every second. This is the most ever recorded for a waterfall anywhere.

Besides taking in the beauty of the falls there is a lot of other things to do in this interesting reserve. These include hiking trails, mountain biking, night drives, guided walks and self-drive roads.

The reserve experiences extreme heat and cold and this influences some of the mammals found in the park. For example the Giraffes are lighter in colour and more active at night. A night drive can be particularly rewarding when nocturnal creatures such as African Wild-Cat, Aardwolf and Bat-eared Fox may be seen. During the day you may find Klipspringer, Springbok, Eland, Kudu and Steenbok.

The arid nature of the Augrabies Falls National Park provides plenty of interesting vegetation and there is also lots for birders to look for.

There is a variety of accommodation available in the park including camp sites, chalets and cottages. The reserve has a shop, restaurant and petrol station.

Scenery

Beautiful, but arid, scenery in Augrabies Falls National Park

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Orange River

The Orange River flows through a deep gorge

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Hut accommodation

There is a variety of accommodation in the reserve

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Mammals of Augrabies Falls National Park

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Aardwolf

Antbear / Aardvark

Bat-eared Fox

Black Rhino

Black-backed Jackal

Cape Clawless Otter

Cape Fox

Cape Porcupine

Caracal

Chacma Baboon

Common Duiker

Eland

Gemsbok

Giraffe

Ground Squirrel

Honey Badger

Klipspringer

Kudu

Leopard

Rock Hyrax

Scrub Hare

Springbok

Springhare

Steenbok

Striped Polecat

Suricate

Vervet Monkey

Water Mongoose

Wild Cat

Yellow Mongoose


References and further reading

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Wild Issue 32 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 14

Wild Issue 32 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 18

Wild Issue 34 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 14

Wild Issue 25 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 6

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 206

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Published: 1983 - Page: 255

Things to do in Moer & Gone Places - Author: Jacques Marais - Published: 2015 - Page: 17

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 53

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 281

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 319

The National Parks of South Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Rene Gordon and Anthony Bannister - Published: 1987 - Page: 82

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 269

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 180

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 268

Insiders Guide - Top Wildlife Photography Spots in South Africa - Author: Shem Compion - Published: 2010 - Page: 285

go! - Issue 137 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 36

Getaway - Vol 31 No 03 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 54

go! - Issue 134 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 90

Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Published: 2000 - Page: 112

Country Life - Issue 280 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 34

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 682 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 26

Country Life - Issue 250 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 60

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 251

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 44

A - Z of South African National Parks - Author: South African National Parks - Published: 0 - Page: 12


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