“Don't miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold.”
Not being blessed with the creative talent of being able to pass on my emotions when I see natural splendour around me, nor with a talent of being able to capture the scene on my camera that will do justice to its beauty, I would like to urge you all to go and see Augrabies for yourselves to be able to fully appreciate what I am trying to convey here.
We left home very early to start our journey to the most north west corner of SA. The long drive through the great Karoo was most special. The Karoo is green at present, with pools of water from recent rains all about. A good and very quiet road made sure we started to relax from the word go.
The Orange (Gariep) River really caught my attention. Perhaps because there are embedded memories of learning about it at school. It is the longest river in SA (2200km) and forms part of international borders and provincial borders.
We spent our first night camping right on the river's banks on a sheep farm in a small village in the Karoo. The next morning was a bit of a shock – we were not equipped for how cold it would be!
As I mentioned earlier, visiting Augrabies Falls National Park was almost an afterthought.
Over the years my appreciation for stark and arid landscapes has really grown. I was not prepared for the wave of emotions when I entered this National Park. The rock formations are beautiful and between them, the lighting, the endless blue sky and the background sound of rushing water, I found one of the most peaceful places I had yet to discover. I could just gaze around me in total awe, totally absorbed in the spirit of the place.
We stood looking out over the gorge and the falls until we could see no more as the sun had slowly slipped behind the distant mountains. larger pic larger pic larger pic larger pic larger pic larger pic