Experience the mighty Orange River as it thunders through a ravine and cascades down into a granite pool 60 meters below. Few sights are as impressive or sound as deafening as the mighty Augrabies Falls when the Orange River is in full flood. In the past, the average flow rate exceeded 7,800 cubic metres per second – more than four times the annual high season average of Niagara Falls. No wonder the falls derived their name from the Khoi word ‘Aukoerebis’ meaning ‘place of great noise’.
The 18 km gorge offers splendid viewpoints from which to survey the dramatic landscape that unfolds below. Picturesque names such as Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner are beautifully descriptive of this rocky region. Klipspringer and kokerboom (quiver tree) stand in stark silhouette against the African sky; silent sentinels in a unique environment where only those who adapt, survive. The area offers sanctuary to a diversity of species, from the very smallest succulents, birds and reptiles to Hartmann’s mountain zebra, springbok, gemsbok and giraffe.
Travelers visiting the main falls often find themselves exploring the striking 50 000 hectare ravine ecosystem for hours.