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Augrabies Falls National Park in South Africa

Discover why indigenous people called this area the place of great noise

Best time: February–April (waterfall) | April–September (hiking)

Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park

Augrabies Falls NP is favoured mostly for the tremendous 56-meter high waterfall on the Orange River. Indigenous Khoikhoi people called it "Ankoerebis" meaning "place of great noise". Its present-day name "Augrabies" sounds quite similar to the original. As you witness the thundering water, you'll realize it lives up to its name. The roaring majesty is best felt at the peak of rainy season, from February to April. The viewing deck situated almost above the canyon promises breathtaking impressions.

Even though most visitors to Augrabies come to see the waterfalls, the park is also popular for canoeing, mountain biking and hiking trails. The three-day Klipspringer Trail offers fascinating rugged terrain as well as wildlife spotting en route. You'll surely encounter a few giraffes, a variety of antelopes, and the local species - Klipspringer. However, the trail season doesn't coincide with the best time to observe the waterfalls as the trail is open only during the dry season from April to September. This period of time also offers the best weather conditions.

Practical info

What is the best time of year to visit Augrabies Falls National Park in South Africa?

To experience Augrabies Falls National Park at its peak, visitors should travel there between February and April. During this time, they will see the breathtaking beauty of the waterfall at its fullest. Meanwhile, April to September is the ideal season for hiking owing to favorable weather conditions with temperatures ranging between 5°C and 30°C. Show more

When is the peak of the rainy season in Augrabies Falls National Park?

The peak of the rainy season of Augrabies Falls National Park occurs between February and April; therefore, it is the best time to see its Grand falls. The rainy season full of lush and vibrant green begins in October and lasts until April. However, since there might be unexpected flooding, hiking can be challenging during rainfall. Show more

Can you swim in the waterfall or river in Augrabies Falls National Park?

It is worth noting that neither the waterfall nor the river in the park is secure for swimming due to its strong currents. Visitors looking to enjoy its beauty can safely do so from the designated spots or on any of the hiking trails. Canoeing the river is allowed as long as one obtains a valid permit. Nevertheless, canoeing during the rainy season can be risky due to flooding and swift currents. Show more

What is the Klipspringer Trail and when is it open for hiking?

The three-day Klipspringer Trail is prominent among hiking enthusiasts visiting Augrabies Falls National Park. The trail presents an opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife, including Klipspringer (a local species), antelopes, and giraffes. The ideal time to hike is from April to September, during the dry season. One must have a permit that can be obtained from the park's entrance gate, and it is recommended to hike in groups of four or more. Show more

What types of wildlife can you come across during the Klipspringer Trail?

The Klipspringer Trail in Augrabies Falls National Park offers visitors a chance to see giraffes, numerous species of antelope, eland, and Klipspringer. The trail also provides a fantastic opportunity for bird watching since it is home to a vast variety of birds that include raptors, waterbirds, and rock-loving species. Show more

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