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The Augrabies Falls National Park

The Augrabies Falls are one of the more or less hidden treasures of South Africa. Not many travellers come up here, but those who went there enjoyed the amazing landscape of the fascinating desert/riverine ecosystem of the Orange River and the Kalahari. The name “Augrabies” comes from the Namaqua word for “place of great noise”. Especially in high water season (summer) you get to know the reason for this – the Orange River drops 191 meters down and creates a “great noise”.
The Augrabies Falls are about 120km west of Upington and 40 km northwest of Kakamas. The easiest access to the falls is going to Upington and from there into the park or, if you have your own transport, drive to the little town of Augrabies, which is about 10km from the National Park.

Augrabies Falls National Park Time Lapse from Wegvideo on Vimeo.

How to get there?

The Augrabies Falls and the National Park are a bit off the tourist path in South Africa, so not too many organised tours are actually covering the area. Therefore renting a car and exploring the area and the National Park by car is a very good choice. Make use of google maps for a detailled and individual route description.

Accommodation in the area?

If you are looking for Augrabies Falls National Park accommodation, SafariNow has a selection of accommodation in Augrabies Falls National Park and surrounds. Or see Tripadvisor - Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about hotels in South Africa

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The Kalahari

The Kalahari Desert stretches from the Orange River in South Africa up to Angola in the north, in the west to Namibia and in the east to Zimbabwe. This means that the sand basin of the Kalahari covers about 70% of the area of Botswana.
The word Kalahari comes from the Tsawana word “Kgalagadi” meaning the “great thirst”.
The dominant vegetation of the Kalahari is grass, thorny shrubs and Acacia Trees, which can survive long drought periods (up to 10 months).
Great parts of the Kalahari are National Parks, such as the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park (Namibia and South Africa), the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana and the Okavango Delta in the northwest of Botswana.

How to get there?

The Kalahari Desert is a large arid to semi-arid sandy area in Southern Africa extending 900,000 km², covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa. Therefore a simple "How to get there" advice won't work. Sure, the easiest way to explore the Kalahari is by car (2x4 rental cars and 4x4 bakkies and campers are available in the car hire section).

Accommodation in the area?

If you are looking for Kalahari Region holiday accommodation (South Africa), SafariNow has a selection of Guest House, Lodge, Self Catering holiday accommodation in Kalahari Region (South Africa) and surrounds.
If you are looking for Central Kalahari holiday accommodation (Botswana), SafariNow has a selection of Safari Lodge, holiday accommodation in Central Kalahari (Botswana) and surrounds.
If you are looking for Kalahari holiday accommodation (Namibia), SafariNow has a selection of Self Catering, Safari Lodge, Lodge holiday accommodation in the Kalahari (Namibia) and surrounds.

Organised tours?

Dunes, Deltas and Falls - 21 days
Start: Cape Town End: Livingstone
Highlights
Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Windhoek, Chobe National Park, Sossusvlei.
Description
This is our ultimate south western Africa expedition encompassing the wildlife, culture and scenery of this fascinating region. Highlights include game drives, the world's highest sand dunes, bush walking in the Kalahari, wilderness camping, canoeing in the Okavango Delta and visiting the mighty Victoria Falls.
 

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