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“beautiful, dramatic wonder of nature”

Augrabies Falls National Park
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We visited the falls as a day trip from Kanoneiland. There has been a lot of investment in the facilities (visitor's centre, restaurant, walkways & viewpoints). The restaurant service was good although the menu had nothing for vegans/vegetarians - but they prepared something suitable. The park's reception service was not very good - neither friendly nor helpful, but we managed to get the right bit of paper stamped so we could exit the security gate (3k from the reception area). The roads around the park-area - including to some of the viewpoints along the gorge - made us thankful we had a 4x4 - negotiating with a low-slung 2-wheel drive vehicle would have been a bit difficult.
We avoided the walking trails as we were there on a hot day - but they would have been good in the early morning.
We were surprised to see giraffe as we had not expected any game - there is no useful information available at reception (the one really weak aspect of the park). There were a lot of birds (we saw two that were new to us).
There are some good photo-opportunities - which could be amazing with sunrise / sunset or unusual weather conditions.

Thank Michael D
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

A bit off the beaten track, but worth a look. Impressive waterfall with lovely walkways built into the rocks above it. Do take a drive through the actual reserve also; beautiful rock formations and the odd animal, we saw giraffe and springbok and ground squirrels and lots of birds.

1  Thank mpumalindy
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We camped for 2 nights. The camping ground is very large, but it was extremely quiet when we were there. Lot's of spec, with clean toilets and shower. The facilities are very good. The falls are lovely and worth the time to visit. We were touring the northern cape and were glad we stayed. We did the Dassie trail. It is described as being a route for 8 to 80. I am guessing that South African 80 year olds are very game. It was a great walk, only a few kilometres but there is lots of clambering over boulders. There were masses of midges when we were there. The shop at the centre sells midge nets, which we thoroughly recommend. We did a night game drive, which was great, the tour Samuel was very knowledgable.
There are also lots of vervet monkeys around the campsite. One leapt into our car whilst we were taking down our tent and grabbed some food, right whilst we were standing there. They are fearless. There were Dassies, mongoose and a great array of birds too. A very nice place to camp.

2  Thank SAWM
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We have just spent 3 days camping and caravaning at Augrabies Falls National Park. As always it was a wonderful experience, apart from the rampant baboons wanting to take command of the campsite in the early morning and at sunset. They were quite a nuisance and one had to keep an eye on your possessions but they soon disappeared when chased by the campers. In the mornings, quizical monkeys made themselves known but werent really tiresome, more entertaining. The ablution blocks were always clean and the shop had adquate supplies. Lots of nearby attractions to visit including the Orange River Wine Cellars at Kakamas just 30km away. The falls themselves are a wonderful experience and there is a drive that one can take to get different views and aspects of the falls themselves. I am told that the chalet self catering accommodation is also good. I would definitely recommend a visit to the magnificent natural wonder.

1  Thank PonkySouthAfrica
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We stayed overnight in a family unit at Augrabies. The unit has 2 bedrooms, openplan kitchen and lounge. It opens to a veranda where we had a lovely barbeque. All the pots and pans are provided. You only need your own food. It was very basic but clean and at a good standard. The only drawback was the flying miggies everywhere that gets into your mouth and nostrils. But even that did not take away the lovely quiet stay in nature. You walk far and need a hat for the sun. The restaurant has nice food and the shop has the basic food. The ladies at reception was warm and friendly.

Thank Jagluiperd
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