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Unread post by GVIAugrabies » Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:41 am

DuQues gave you some good advice about cameras to use here. I was using a digital SLR with a 22-55mm lens for most of my scenic shots until I dropped it (only the lens, thank goodness) into the gorge! And since it was a Canon lens, I haven't had the money to replace it. I also have a super wide angle lens (10-22mm) but I get a bit frustrated with it at times as everything is then so far away. Using a regular lens for making panaramic shots is much more satisfying, and a long lens (like 100-300mm or farther) for game photography is more fun. (But that's only if your wallet can manage that!)
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Unread post by GVIAugrabies » Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:50 am

Christel, I forgot to mention one VERY important thing to bring (if you have one): a mosquito net for your head. The black flies are here IN ABUNDANCE right now and will continue in such large numbers probably until the end of October. They supposed don't dine on human blood that often, but I seem to be a black fly magnet so I constantly have bites. What's most frustrating about them is that they fly into your ears, your nose, your mouth, your eyes, and your hair. (My scalp is what seems to get bitten by them most as they love getting in my hair.) I have a net that I brought from the U.S. which has some "whale bone" in the netting to keep it away from my skin. I may look quite silly (like a bee-keeper) but at least I'm not trying to keep them out of my nose and ears all the time! A strong-smelling insect repellant will usually keep them from landing on you, but they'll still buzz around your head. All that being said, even though we have black flies here, we're still DEFINITELY worth a visit!
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Unread post by christelsabine » Mon Sep 25, 2006 11:34 am

Black flies - I will make a lot of new friends then?

A lot of fine tips - especially with the mosquito net, which seems to be must! A circular wire plus net fixed on the hat should work. - Thank you!

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Unread post by GVIAugrabies » Mon Sep 25, 2006 11:55 am

Besides your black fly friends, you also have a very good chance of making some bird and primate friends if you don't guard your food very carefully: the pale-winged starlings, vervet monkeys, and chacma baboons often steal food from people and have become quite pesky. They're a lot of fun to watch, but not so fun to see them running off with your loaf of bread or bag of apples! See you next month!!!
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Unread post by wipi » Mon Sep 25, 2006 4:43 pm

hi,

thank you for the tip. We have some nets from Australia and we will bring these with us. We arriving on the 21 Oct for 2 nights, but you are on the road than. Have a great trip sandy.
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Unread post by GVIAugrabies » Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:36 am

Shame I won't be here during your visit. I think you'll be quite happy with your nets here. It's very windy today so the black flies aren't a problem, but as soon as the wind dies down, they become quite a nuisance again. Hope you enjoy your visit while you're here!
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Unread post by GVIAugrabies » Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:55 am

Hi Sable,

The black flies will still be here, but they shouldn't be nearly as bad as then as they are now. Too bad I won't be here, but we may be able to meet in Twee Rivieren: I'm dropping off my travel partner, and we're tentatively planning to be there on the night of NOV 10th. If you leave a message for me at reception or call me on my cell (+27 (0)76 371 2860), maybe we can meet. Hope you enjoy your visit to SA!!!

(Look for big ears on the tops of the rocks - that's what we usually see first when looking for klipspringer photo models!)
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Unread post by mikemeer » Sat Oct 21, 2006 6:55 pm

Hi there,

My very first post on one of the SANParks forums. Good to see that so much valuable information is being exchanged here.

Hence, my question. I am currently planning a trip to Augrabies & Kgalagadi for the end of November. Got interested in walking the Klipspringer trail in Augrabies. Only, some websites mention (for instance: http://www.places.co.za/html/klipspringerht.html) that the trail is only accessible to 30 September. I haven't been able to find confirmation for this on the SANParks website. Can anyone inform me whether it is possible walking the trail end November?

Then, are the possibilities doing a (short, about 1 or 2 days)rafting-trip on the Orange River near, or in, the park?

Looking forward to your reactions. Many thanks!

Cheers,

Michiel

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Re: Klipspringer trail

Unread post by gwendolen » Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:39 pm

Hi Michiel,

I think you should send Sandy a PM. She's the Augrabies Guru and should be able to answer all your questions.

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Unread post by restio » Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:10 pm

From the Augrabies part of the SANParks website:

Klipspringer Hiking Trail: 3 days, 2 nights and a maximum of 12 persons per group, and minimum of 2 persons per group. Advance booking essential. Closed October to March due to heat.

So yes, the information that it is only accessible until 30 September is correct. I've just been to Kgalagadi, and it was 37 degrees every day. Not walking weather!

SANParks offers the Gariep 3-in-1 Adventure: "This is a three-part adventure comprising canoeing for 3 km down the mighty Orange River, walking for 4 km and returning to camp by mountain bike (11 km). Enquiries and reservations at the park." I haven't done it myself - just quoting from the Augrabies website.

I will PM you about some other options.
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Unread post by Immanuel » Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:17 pm

Hi

I have often seen the statement that the Augrabies falls are the sixth biggest in the world, but I'd like to know in what way are they the sixth biggest? By volume of water that flows over them? In that case, according to one source, in flood they have as much water as the Victoria falls, and sometimes even more, so why only the sixth biggest? And if it is by height, I find it diificult to believe that they are amongst the six tallest, as they are not very high relative to falls like the Tukela /Tugela etc etc.

Can any one advise me on this...I need the info for a book

please email me if possible...manos@gam.co.za

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Unread post by christo » Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:30 am

The size is measured in the flow, not height.

In flood it can be bigger than Vic Falls when Vic is not in flood. If you compare apples with apples, it is rated as #6.
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Unread post by bert » Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:14 pm

Did some internetting, but found different ratings for the highest falls. One thing is certain. Augrabies doesnt even make it in the top 10
Tugela second or third in the world.

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001781.html

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Unread post by GVIAugrabies » Thu Nov 23, 2006 4:33 pm

Actually, Immanuel's question is very difficult to answer. I've done a LOT of research on the internet trying to find difinitive proof of our falls as being the 6th biggest in the world (by volume, definitely not by height). Frustratingly, there doesn't seem to be one worldwide standard setup to compare waterfalls that I've been able to find.

So now you have to decide on what info you want to base the comparisons on: for height, Augrabies doesn't compare to a lot of falls worldwide; but for volume at certain times, our falls put in a pretty good showing. In 1988, during the last big flood, the falls reached a level of close to 7,800 cumecs (or 7,800,000 liters of water per second)! I found one website that claims to have info for all the world's waterfalls in a database (http://www.world-waterfalls.com/index.php), but I noticed that the info listed for Augrabies Falls isn't accurate. NOrmally, our falls average 50-70 cumecs, but this year has seen a much higher average. Today, our reading was 652 cumecs. The highest level we reached this year was 1,983 cumecs on 4 April.
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New Dassie Interpretive Trail Signs

Unread post by GVIAugrabies » Fri Nov 24, 2006 4:50 pm

Hi Everyone,

I'm sure you may feel that I've been neglecting the forum of late, and I must admit that I have been. :rembarrased But with good reason: I've been updating the Dassie Interpretive Trail signs all week, and let me tell you, it's been a BIG undertaking. Of course, I don't think it will compare to updating the Klipspringer Hiking Trail signs (I'll probably be doing that either starting next week or during the month of January)!!

For those of you who have hiked the Dassie Trail over the last couple years, I'm sure you've noticed how bad the signage is. But now the trail signs have a new design and they're much easier to identify, SEE, and follow. Plus, we also designed a new brochure for the trail which has a much better map. Unfortunately, we're still waiting for the professionally printed ones (in colour) to get finished, but in the meantime, you can see the brochure on the AFNP website under Activities ( pdf-file ) and even print off a colour copy of your own at home! (A HUGE thank you to DianneT for converting those from Publisher and putting them on our website! )

So now we're ready for you to come visit in December and enjoy the beautiful, informative Dassie Interpretive Trail to enjoy a fabulous five kilometers of AFNP. Hopefully we'll get to see some of you during the holidays!
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