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Unread postby Batsman » Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:00 am

Yep,

we saw it this year Pumbaa. In high summer all chalets in Augrabies are booked by car companies for their test drivers.

IIRC they'll have a test track from Upington to Askham and from Springbock to Augrabies.

This year it was BMW who had the whole camp booked.

But you could always get camping accomodation.

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Unread postby Pumbaa » Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:42 am

Thanks Batsman,

that clarifies a lot although not very good news as we are from overseas - maybe at a later stage there will be some vacancies otherwise we have no choice than to leave Augrabies out

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Unread postby wanderw » Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:36 pm

Hi Pumbaa
Keep on trying at Augrabies - we have had quite a lot of luck about a month before. However, I know this is cutting it fine, especially when you are planning your trip from overseas, so another alternative - There are plenty of B&Bs at Keimoes, also inexpensive self catering chalets. Keimoes is about 70km from Augrabies, on good tar roads, so it is easy to do day visits. I think there is also a B&B in the little town of Augrabies(a few kms from the Augrabies gate) but we have never stayed there. If you would like more info re accomodation in Keimoes just give me a pm.

I really recommend that you try to visit Augrabies - it is a beautiful park and the landscapes are very different to KTP.
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augrabies in february 2009

Unread postby GVIAugrabies » Mon May 05, 2008 8:01 pm

Hi Pumbaa

Yes, please do not leave Augrabies out, it is a lovely park and well worth the visit. The park scenery is quite unique from all other parks in South Africa. We have a camping ground if you like that and the BMW guys do not stay there, also there are baackpackers and various guesthouses all close to Augrabies Falls. If you need details, please let me know and I can give you some contact details.
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Re: augrabies in february 2009

Unread postby Batsman » Tue May 06, 2008 8:53 am

That's true Mara, but they park their trailers in the camping ground and make noise at night when they start their car engines from time to time.

Frome time to time they let their car engines run the whole night.

We experienced it this february. But i agree that Augrabies is a lovely place and shouldn't be missed.

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Unread postby Senyetse » Wed May 21, 2008 12:05 pm

We have booked a 3 bed chalet (CH3B) in Augrabies for a 1 night stay in December 2008. I see that the CH3 is not listed in the availaibilty page here. Anybody have an idea why? Are these chalets OK? Anyone have pics?
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Unread postby GVIAugrabies » Wed May 21, 2008 12:16 pm

Hi Senyetse

The reason it is not listed is most likely because there are no more CH3 available anymore in December.
If you would like to se pictures of the CH3 go to the accomodation page of Augrabies and click on the CH3, that will give you some idea.

Enjoy your stay.
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Unread postby Senyetse » Wed May 21, 2008 12:31 pm

Thanks GVIAugrabies

Did find the pics, thaanks.

The CH3s are not listed in any month for the next 11 month. No matter, I have decided to rather take a unit with a view, it is only R100 more.
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Getting Married at Augrabies

Unread postby joanine » Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:34 pm

Is it possible to have a wedding and reception at Augrabies?

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Re: Getting Married at Augrabies

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:47 pm

I don't see why not! It has been done a few times in Kruger in recent years, and at Golden Gate.
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Re: Getting Married at Augrabies

Unread postby RudolfD » Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:44 pm

Hi Joanine, it's definitely possible and has been done at least once that I know of! One of the previous GVI volunteers at Augrabies, Sandy, got married on one of the larger platforms overlooking the waterfall. Couldn't be there myself unfortunately but certainly a pretty memorable location.

There's also space for receptions and the terrace of the restaurant has an awesome panorama. If you need any other info let me know, or give the park a ring.
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Re: Augrabies Falls NP: ADVICE

Unread postby expat » Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:00 pm

Just back from a fabulous trip to Augrabies and KTP and already dreaming of the next one - BUT - we will not be going to Augrabies unless the baboons have been given a hiding! I am still traumatised!! Told by Reception to keep our windows and door closed as the monkeys and baboon were 'very naughty', we did this religiously. On the morning we were leaving, my better half was in the shower and I was putting on my daily face when I saw a movement in the mirror. I turned around and there were two of the hugest baboons right behind me. I soon put paid to their antics - or maybe it was the sight of a naked better half responsing to my shouts - but I do feel people should be aware that those baboons know how to turn door handles! Tell people to keep their doors LOCKED! Which rather spoils the whole atmosphere.
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Re: Augrabies Falls NP: ADVICE

Unread postby bert » Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:09 pm

Dont worry.
Nearly had the same thing happening to me.
While loading the car we kept the door open.
And then when i turned around saw this chap standing in the doorway
But with a plastic chair could get rid of him.
But its true, these baboons are the worst i have met in SA

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Re: Augrabies Falls NP: ADVICE

Unread postby RudolfD » Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:22 am

They are very clever, although (at least in 2007) I always found them to be very curious and opportunistic rather than aggressive. I've also had one of the big males stand behind me in my old house in the park, which gave me the worst scare I ever experienced. Unlike me however, he was completely relaxed and strolled outside despite me yelling and jumping. I still found the baboons to be great company and entertainment after getting home from work, but I appreciate not everybody feels that way
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From Augrabies to KTP.

Unread postby killabeez » Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:19 pm

Hi there guys, new to the forum here. Been going to KNP for as long as I can remeber. We've always wanted to visit KTP & in Dec we will, hopefully, be visiting. We'll be staying in Augrabies for 3 days & then on to KTP for 3 days.

As we are not familiar with the Northern Cape, we were wondering is there is a road from augrabies to KTP without going back through Upington.

So thats my question for now & hope to learn a lot from this great forum.


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