Augrabies Falls National Park

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The Augrabies Falls National Park camping site is a short walk away from the main falls.

This is certainly one of nature's wonders and one can spend hours simply watching the river transformed into white foam as it tumbles with incredible force into the Augrabies Gorge.

There are several walkways and viewpoints within easy reach from the rest camp where the falls can be viewed.

There are also short hiking trails that can be done from the rest camp.

The camping grounds are situated among trees, some of which were rescued and planted in the rest camp after being washed down the river.

Sitting back and relaxing at the end of the day in front of your campfire you are always aware of the muted roar of the river and falls in the background.

The incredible thunder as the mighty Orange River squeezes into the gorge...

Augrabies Falls Augrabies Falls

…numbs your mind as you stand in awe watching the spectacular waterfall.

Depending on the level of the river even more waterfalls appear as the river overflows its banks and finds new channels to spill into the gorge.

When the river is in flood the narrow gorge becomes one huge terrifying maelstrom that defies all comprehension and imagination

What is there to do at Augrabies Falls National Park?

Augrabies Falls National Park Camping at
Augrabies Falls National Park

Facilities: As can be expected from any rest camp in the South African National Parks, the facilities are well maintained, neat and clean. You get the following...

  • Level Caravan and Camping sites under shady trees.
  • Each campsite has its own power point.
  • Laundry and Ironing facilities.
  • Ablution blocks that are clean and functional.
  • As in just about all the South African National Parks there is a Communal Camp kitchen with hotplates, boiling water and sinks to do dishes.
  • Swimming pools.
  • Public Phones.
  • Restaurant.
  • Shop where most necessities including firewood and ice as well as curios and mementos can be brought.
  • Petrol and Diesel is available.
  • Conference Room.
  • There is other Accommodation available in the park in the form of chalets and family cottages. Augrabies Falls Rest Camp Accommodation bookings and enquiries can be done here...

Swart Rante,Augrabies Falls National ParkSwart Rante...
Augrabies Falls National Park

Entertainment: The main attraction is of course the Augrabies Falls itself which tumbles into a narrow gorge.

The information provided by the Augrabies Falls National Park indicates that the main falls is 56 meters high and the gorge is 18 kilometres long.

Over and above the main falls there are several view sites of note within the National Park:

  • Moon Rock
  • Swart Rante
  • Oranjekom
  • Ararat
  • Echo Corner

Hiking trails:

  • Dassie Nature Trail - a 5 kilometre circular self guided walk
  • Klipspringer Hiking Trail - 3 day hiking trail. (Enquire about availability and booking in advance)

Other Attractions:

  • A 94 Kilometre wilderness self drive route through the Augrabies Falls National Park. This is open to 4 wheel drive vehicles only.
  • Night Drives. These can be booked at the Park Reception.
  • If you like cycling, bring your Mountain Bike. You can cycle throughout the park providing you stick to the official roads. There are a limited number of bikes available to rent from the park Reception.
  • Gariep 3-in-1 adventure consisting of canoeing, hiking and mountain biking. (Enquire about availability and booking in advance)

Kokerboom,Augrabies National ParkA typical sight in
this part of the country...
Kokerboom or Quiver Tree

Nearby Attractions:

  • Riemvasmaak
  • Mier

Follow this link if you are looking for other Accommodation in the vicinity of Augrabies Falls.

Nearest Town: The closest town to the Augrabies Falls National park is Kakamas. The closest city of note is Upington.

Nearest Airport:

The airport closest to Augrabies Falls National Park with regular, scheduled commercial flights is situated at Upington.

Flights to and from Upington are provided by SA Airlink. Flight Bookings can be made directly with SA Airlink.

Upington has a modern airport boasting with the longest runway in Africa. The length of the runway is 4900m which is also one of the longest in the world.
Source - Wikipedia

How to get to the Augrabies Falls National Park...

Directions to Augrabies National Park from the Upington Airport
Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Total Time: Position:
1 Upington International Airport 0 m     00:00:00 S28 24.563

E21 15.249
2 Get on Unpaved Road and drive southwest 10 m 10 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S28 24.567

E21 15.252
3 Turn left onto Diedericks Road 620 m 611 m 00:01:45 00:01:45 S28 24.733

E21 14.928
4 Enter roundabout Traffic Circle 4.8 km 4.2 km 00:03:19 00:05:04 S28 26.890

E21 14.935
5 Take the 3rd left onto Malherbe Street (N10) 4.9 km 66 m 00:00:10 00:05:14 S28 26.908

E21 14.931
6 Turn right onto N14 46.0 km 41.2 km 00:26:06 00:31:20 S28 42.707

E20 58.853
7 Turn right onto R359 95.3 km 49.3 km 00:32:03 01:03:23 S28 45.582

E20 32.096
8 Augrabies Falls - Caravan Park 125 km 29.3 km 00:32:25 01:35:48 S28 35.538

E20 20.045

Map of Route - Courtesy of Google maps:

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Contact Details for Bookings at Augrabies Falls National Park Rest Camp:

You can contact Augrabies Falls Park reservations by using the contact numbers below:

  1. Telephone Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111
  2. Telephone (Park): +27 (0) 54 452 9200
  3. Fax: +27 (0) 54 451 5003
  4. Click here to make Online Bookings and Reservations for Augrabies Falls Rest Camp

Click here for any further information that you might want about the Augrabies Falls National Park.

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