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Augrabies: Walkways

Unread post by GVIAugrabies » Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:18 pm

Last year, Augrabies Falls opened "part 1" of the new walkway system with concrete-and-wood walkways, three viewing platforms, and new fencing along one of the natural rock platforms in the area of the Main Falls. You can actually see some of the platforms in different photos in the Park's photo gallery. And just last month, Augrabies Falls opened its "part 2" of the walkway system which offers additional concrete-and-wood walkways and another three viewing platforms west of the Main Falls. Two of these viewing platforms offer even more spectacular views of the Falls from afar while the other platforms offers a stunning view of the gorge.

Of course, this walkway system will require maintenance, so it will be closed from time to time. But one thing we're going to try to help alleviate frustration at not being able to use the walkways is to post the walkway status on the Park website. That should help folks avoid getting extremely frustrated when they can't get out to a certain viewing platform to take a picture.

For those who visited Augrabies Falls before the walkways or fencing was erected know how dangerous it could be while viewing the falls. Because of the danger involved, SANParks decided to build walkways with viewing platforms to provide visitors a safer way to view the awesome Falls and gorge. Though some folks may not like the walkways, the safer atmosphere also has other benefits: less erosion along the gorge rim because visitors are now walking on the walkways, providing people who have mobility issues the opportunity to see the Falls, and actually offering better views of the gorge and the Falls on the viewing platforms. So let's hear it for the new walkways!
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Re: Augrabies: Walkways

Unread post by Kalaharikind » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:39 pm

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Here's some pics of the walk ways
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Re: Augrabies falls - level

Unread post by JacoToit » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:15 am

Amber,

I phoned on Monday and they said they are expecting a waterlevel of 9.5m! The lady who told me this said it would be higher than in '96!!! I will be able to confirm this for you on Monday; We are driving the 910km from Pta tomorrow to see Agrabies with high water levels!

Dreamer,

Thanks for the advice on the miggies,

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Re: Augrabies falls - level

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Re: Augrabies falls - level

Unread post by LaeveldLeeu » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:21 am

Awsome stuff.

The Orange River reeched 3513kub m/s at Upington on Monday(08/02/2010) and is still on 3015kub m/s now. All according the department of water affairs.

Check out this site.

http://www.dwaf.gov.za/Hydrology/rtmain.aspx

Select Lower Orange River. Go to Orange River at Upington and then go and look at the data.

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Re: Augrabies falls - level

Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:09 pm

I received this from AWB.

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Re: Augrabies falls - level

Unread post by Batsman » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:03 pm

Found this today on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjNdryaz3bY

Gee, want to be there.

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Re: Augrabies falls - level

Unread post by RichardJ » Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:55 pm

The falls on 8th Feb 2010

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Re: Augrabies falls - level

Unread post by AmbnCleo » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:40 pm

We made the 900km trek from George and it was absolutely WORTH it!!
My first time in this area and we will definitely return. Its a beautiful corner of SA. Will be back. Hope you love the pics....

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Augrabies Repairs

Unread post by Augrabies Guru » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:35 am

The water level at 68cumecs.
Just a thought of showing you how it looks now,will inform you at the progress made by the contracter.
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DSC00354 by closed4, on Flickr

The platform closest to the falls, as you can see the broken poles and other stuff were already removed.
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Workers busy:
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Re: Augrabies Repairs

Unread post by Augrabies Guru » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:52 am

I have visit the guys this morning and were thinking that they gonna use the mash as a replacement for the poles which were at the edge of the falls, they said no it is for safety purposes as they still needs to drill holes into the rock.
As you can see in these foto's they are aware of safety precautions.
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Re: Augrabies Repairs

Unread post by Augrabies Guru » Wed May 16, 2012 11:58 am

Update on repaires
This is how it looks now,from the foto above.

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DSC00478 by closed4, on Flickr

Then the boardwalk seen from underneath which make it's way down the the platform closest to the falls.
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And the platform closest to the falls
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Re: Augrabies Repairs

Unread post by Augrabies Guru » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:13 am

Unfortunately it will not be ready, have visit the site this morning.
There is one platform open at the falls, so you will be able to have a view at the falls as well as further north there is also a platform which give you a view of the gorge and the falls.

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Re: Augrabies Repairs

Unread post by Augrabies Guru » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:28 am

Here are some pics of the platform which is repaired as well the path towards the falls is lay out with concrete as well.
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DSC00694 by closed4, on Flickr

And from above:
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Path towards the falls:
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Re: Augrabies Repairs

Unread post by WeskusKlong » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:41 am

AG that's really :thumbs_up: . I always wonder about the workers that installed those platforms. Were they mountaineers playing carpenter or vice versa? Any pics of the build process? No place for fear of heights! Impressive stuff.
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