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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:50 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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Act 1 Scene 2:


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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And the Finale....




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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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Does anyone know what the state of the falls are now? Have they subsided significantly in force and scope, or are they still impressive?

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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The level of the river is rising fast in Upington. The January high was measured at 7.5 meters and they are now predicting a high of 8.4 meters within the next couple of days.

To those of you who could not make it to Augrabies in January, you are in for even a bigger showcase in February.

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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Welcome to the forum Chuck Safari.

I will (hopefully) be in your neck of the woods on Sunday night/monday morning.
If I cannot coss the Orange at Keimoes, is the R359 on the south of the river a good road to get to Upington to cross there?

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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We were at Augrabies last weekend (29-30 Jan) and I am happy to report that the falls are still spectacular!! On Saturday, the waterflow was at 2076 cumecs. What a sight..
That whole area had a lot of rain on Saturday and by Sunday the river had risen by at least half a metre. I am SO glad that we made the 1500 km round-trip!!

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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Bush Baptist wrote:
If I cannot coss the Orange at Keimoes, is the R359 on the south of the river a good road to get to Upington to cross there?
That is the road we used BB as the N14 tar road was still closed on our way to the falls.
Its not a bad road and at least enables one to reach your destination.

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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Thanks Elsa, is it a tar road and signposted? we will be travellng there in the very early hours.

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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No, its all dirt save for a shortish piece towards Louisvale but should be fine if taken with reasonable care.

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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Morning All,

Just an update on the road to Augrabies. Please take note that the Kakamas road has been closed again and the Orange River is rising. It is expected that the falls will reach more that 5000cumecs soon.

Please contact the call centres before using the roads to find out the state of them.


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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Thanks Jannie,
I contacted CALL CENTER NUMBER: 054 461 6703. I spoke to Burns yesterday and he was really very helpful
We will be there on Monday
I know its mother nature who is in charge but I can't help myself feeling sorry for the surrounding communities while at the same time I'm excited to see the falls.

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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If the water level is going to be higher this time than the 14/15th then the N10 bridge at Upington will certainly be closed,, leaving no route open from the north bank of the Gariep to the south bank in that area. As Augrabies is on the south bank (sort of, it is actually on an island) those coming from the north will need to go via Kimberly, Graquatown and then Groblershoop. The Gariep bridge there is longer and higher and is unlikely to be closed. Another option is Douglas, Prieska, Marydale and then dirt to Kenhardt and Kakamas.

This is obviously pointless if the bridge just before Augrabies Park itself floods, in which case you will not get in anyway. Best to call the Augrabies Park.

A worthwhile place to visit is the Blouputs bridge just 20km past Augrabies, it is high, narrow and the area spectacular.

I drove the dirt road between Kakamas and Keimoes with my Corolla, some loose sand and corrugations but I got through. It is actually quite scenic. .If that road is wet I will not attempt it w/o a 4x4.

What will next year bring to Augrabies?!?!


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies flooding
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Great info coming through here! We've decided to wait until the main falls can be seen, which is when the water level subsides slightly. From what I can gather, it is the bridal falls at the moment that are cascading in volume like the main falls usually do. Would love to see the phenomenon, but maybe a few days' delay may result in even more spectacular shots?

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