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TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

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TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby Son godin » Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:05 pm

Its not every year that we travel more than 1700 km to visit a National Park in SA. Our journey took us from our home in Mpumalanga to the most north-western corner of our country at the mouth of the Orange river and back with a detour to Kgalagadi Transfrontier park.

My travel tale will be a photographic account of what we saw and some helpful info on how to prepare for a visit to these parks than giving a daily account of what happened.

The main attractions on the trip were:

Augrabies Falls NP
Port Nolloth and McDougall's Bay
/Ai / Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier park (both sides)
Southern Namibia
Kgalagadi Transfrontier park

Augrabies Falls NP:

Our first overnight stop was at Augrabies. The park is about 128 km south of Upington and we reached the park late afternoon for a quick day trip. We still wanted to visit the park the next morning, but due to late opening time for day visitors rather decided to leave early reaching our next stop, Sendlingsdrift not too late.

When planning a visit rather opt for a 2 night stay and stay within the park to capture the beautiful sunsets / sunrise and to explore the game driving section.

The Falls:

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Late afternoon at Ararat Lookout

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Klipspringers near Ararat Lookout:

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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby RayK » Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:39 pm

Hi Son godin,
Half of your itinerary I've never been to. Looking forward to the journey. Great photos of Augrabies Falls. :)

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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby gatita » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:51 pm

wow - stunning pictures :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:43 pm

wow you had the chance to have a lot of water in the falls :dance:

superb :clap:
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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:47 am

Yay :D

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

I have my popcorn ready and waiting.

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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby Son godin » Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:59 pm

RayK wrote:Hi Son godin,
Half of your itinerary I've never been to. Looking forward to the journey. Great photos of Augrabies Falls. :)


Thanks for the lovely comments and I hope one day you will have the time to visit those parks as well. I am also falling in the trap of visiting only the main parks, but now and then try out the smaller onces. Cape province is a bit out of our reach for short trips and also need to plan a mega trip to those parks.

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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby Son godin » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:00 pm

RayK wrote:Hi Son godin,
Half of your itinerary I've never been to. Looking forward to the journey. Great photos of Augrabies Falls. :)


Thanks for the lovely comments and I hope one day you will have the time to visit those parks as well. I am also falling in the trap of visiting only the main parks, but now and then try out the smaller ones. Cape province is a bit out of our reach for short trips and also need to plan a mega trip to those parks.

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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby Son godin » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:03 pm

gatita wrote:wow - stunning pictures :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thanks. The time was a bit short to get more photos and next time will try to get to all the lookouts.

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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby Son godin » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:08 pm

anne-marie wrote:wow you had the chance to have a lot of water in the falls :dance:

superb :clap:


We were hoping for more water but the rain fall was still too low even for end March to get faster flow rates. Wonder if it increased a bit after all the April rains across the country.

I think the flow was ~ 100 - 140 cumecs but need to be above 300 to be spectacular. At least a bit more than the lower flows of 50 cumecs.
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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby Son godin » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:10 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:Yay :D

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

I have my popcorn ready and waiting.

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Hope you enjoy mountains and lots of landscapes, but just before its too much the animals will start coming out. :wink:

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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby Son godin » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:54 pm

En route to Richtersveld:

The distance from Augrabies is ~ 632 km taking about 7 hours or more depending on your stop times. We got to the park a few minutes before 16:00 just in time to fill up with fuel and to get some wood from the shop. Fuel is only available between 8:00 - 16:00 and therefore you need to be at Sendelingsdrift before 16:00 if you want to enter the park early.

On the way we enjoyed a detour to McDougal's Bay and after lunch at Port Nolloth headed north to Alexander bay followed by a 90 km of gravel road to the park.

Not ever day that we get to the beach and the tradition to wet your feet could not be resisted even in cold Atlantic water.

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Home of a Diamond Diver right next to the beach. No worries here.

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Diamond boats in Port Nolloth's harbor:

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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby hilda » Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:15 am

I'm late but I'm here to join the bus Son Godin! :dance: :dance:

What an interesting itinerary! Can't wait to read all about it! Your pictures of Augrabies Falls are fantastic! What a beautiful place! :clap: :clap:

Lovely pictures of the boats in the harbour as well! :clap: :clap:
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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:53 am

What an interesting looking place. Not sure about the old Atlantic, :hmz: but it does look inviting.

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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:46 am

A part of SA that I have not been to, and from the first few posts, it looks as if I will enjoy this ride - I'm on board!
Beautiful photos of Augrabies btw!

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Re: TT of Three Arid Parks near Namibia in April 2015

Unread postby gatita » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:31 pm

that seems to be a lovely place :dance: :dance:
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