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 Post subject: Augrabies Falls National Park - April 2008
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:20 pm 
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As I promised, just a short trip report on Augrabies Falls National Park. We got to know this park when we first visited KTP some years ago. What started out as a place to sleep over on our way to KTP, has now turned into a ‘Must Stop’ for the W clan. So, on our last trip, we spent 2 nights there, exploring the unique landscapes and wilderness area, taking in the awesome falls, and just chilling.(makes the transition from KTP back to city life that much easier :wink: )

The wilderness area has a drive which is approximately 94kms long. The brochure handed to you at Reception says that the complete drive takes +- 6 hours and the Short route +- 3 hours, and also recommends a 4x4 vehicle, especially in the western part of the park. We did the Short route which took us approximately 4,5 hours, with a few stops included. The speed limit is 40km/hr BUT, due to very enthusiastic speed bump builders, this limit is not recommended by us. Our top speed on the first loop was +-30km/hr - speed bumps at just about every turn of the very windy road. As for normal cars - the road is quite acceptable up until a few kms past the Echo Corner lookout. After that, when you go on the first loop(Short route - taking the ‘Escape route’ on the map), the road is still acceptable but a high clearance vehicle is preferable as steep streambed crossings might cause a problem with ‘low clearance’ normal vehicles.

Now for some pix!

A few landscapes......

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A very pregnant Hartman’s Mountain Zebra

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A Gemsbok looking strange in a very different landscape to the KTP!

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And a zebra with an identity crisis - should rather call him a ‘Greater Striped Klipspringer’ :lol:

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A first for us - a Karoo Korhaan

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And a Kokerboom - living....

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And lightning struck?

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An Augrabies skyline

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3 Itches!

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And a Fiscal Shrike - Augrabies style!

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To be continued.....

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Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:04 pm 
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A flower..or two....

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Some views.....of the Orange River!

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Our favourite place - Ararat!

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We found a beautiful Black eagle there! :dance: (Pix just to show you - the best we could do!)

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In camp - a curious but shy water mongoose!(We got quite a few pix of the tail end of this guy :roll: )

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The Falls!

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A closer view!(with a little rainbow)

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An Augrabies Flat Lizard?(Please correct me if I’m wrong)

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A pic looking back from the Falls to the camp

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And the walkway taking you to the various lookouts near the Falls

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To be continued....

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The Camp

There are chalets as well as a lovely shady campsite. The restaurant is nicely situated, but if you prefer to relax outside your chalet, they also do great take-away burgers. This is also a super camp for the youngsters - lots of rocks and boulders around to play hide and seek, rock climb(not too high) or just explore. And lots of birdlife - we saw (apart from the usual bulbuls, starlings and weavers) an Acacia Pied Barbet, African Pied Wagtail, Southern Red Bishop and an African Hoopoe. And ....we must not forget the baboon troop! They are fast and quite brave, so you have to be alert when your chalet door and windows are open. Unfortunately they visited us when we were packing the car early the final morning - it was just getting light, so no pix! :( They had really cute young ones with them, as well as a young adult who had half front limbs - must have been quite an old injury as this individual had learned to walk upright all the time! :shock:

Some pix from our last drive........

A blister beetle

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According to Jakkalsbessie, the correct name is CMR Bean Beetle.(CMR - named after the Cape Mounted Rifle Corps as the beetle has the same colours as this corps)

At Ararat, a Klipspringer came to say farewell........

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Late afternoon at Ararat!

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A stormy landscape.

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And a few more pix of stormy skies and changing colours (apologies, but my weakness! :roll: )

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In all, a lovely end to an awesome trip! If you haven’t managed to visit this park yet, make a plan and get there. :dance:

@annalie - this was our first trip that we did not see giraffes! :( Next time! :wink:

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Illie, The Jackal, Dreamer, JenB, annalie, Pumbaa and p@m - thanx for all your great comments! :D And so glad that some of you have the same 'stormy skies' weakness as me. :wink:

@Dreamer - scheming over,planning in ernest!(just trying to track down the elusive BB and SO :roll: )

@Pumbaa - Hope you and Timon have a super trip! :D

@p@m - Dreamer warned us about the miggies at this time of the year - and gave us a great tip - Buy some thin fine netting and wear it under your hat as protection! We bought the netting, but fortunately did not have to use it, as there were no miggies when we were there! Hope you and SO get back there some day! :D

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