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Media Release: World Ranger Day celebrated in the Arid Region

Date: 2016-08-08

World Ranger Day is organised by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007. Around the globe, rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day, celebrated on 31 July, offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. 

Trans-Augrabies Mountain Bike Stage Race - Augrabies Falls National Park

Date: 2016-07-06

The inaugural Trans-Augrabies MTB race took place from 17 to 19 June 2016 starting at low temperatures. Strong wind and lots of sand is any cyclist's nightmare, but this time around it was not a big factor as each one of the 30 odd cyclists that took part enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Some cyclists travelled as far as Bloemfontein, Kimberley and the Cape province, although the majority were local cycling enthusiasts. 

Media Release: Inaugural Klipspringer Challenge

Date: 2016-05-18

Augrabies Falls National Park was the perfect place to stage a unique and challenging one day race. The first Klipspringer Challenge and the shorter but tough Klipspringer Lite took place on 01 May 2016 and attracted some of the best endurance athletes in the Northern Cape  and the rest of South Africa.  Just over a 100 runners participated in the two races. The Challenge, a 40km race, started at 06h00 and the Lite, a 21km race, started at 06h30. This meant that both races had a dark start, so headlamps was compulsory for every runner. 

Media Release: Official launch of Oranjekom Gorge Cottage

Date: 2016-04-29

Oranjekom Gorge cottage, a welcome addition to Augrabies Falls National Park was officially launched on 14 April 2016. The opening was a huge success with key persons in the surrounding communities and municipalities attending. 

Catch and Release Fishing at Augrabies Falls National Park

Date: 2016-04-04

Catch and Release now available at Augrabies Falls National Park. 

Media Release: SANParks Arid Region honors achievers at awards night

Date: 2015-07-27

24/07/2015 - The awards ceremony is held annually to celebrate the outstanding achievements of staff in the five Arid Parks, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Mokala National Park, Namaqua National Park and |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

'Far' schools once again at Augrabies Falls National Park.

Date: 2015-03-02

Augrabies Falls National park was once again very fortunate to have received funding from the Virtual Rangers for the ‘Far Schools’ initiative. 

Media Release: Newly appointed contractor wins award

Date: 2014-12-04

Credit was given were credit was due at the Augrabies Falls National Park Annual Awards Ceremony held on 29 November 2014.  The newly appointed Working for Ecosystems Contractor, Richard Rodney Roman from Riemvasmaak was awarded the Best Contractor of the Year.  

Augrabies Falls National Park - Playground of the extremist

Date: 2014-11-04

Augrabies Falls National Park (AFNP) is once again home to the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) taking place from 1 November to 7 November 2014. The race, a grueling multi-stage running event that covers about 250 kilometers, is celebrating its 15th year of existence.

Augrabies Falls National Park waterfall expected to reach record high since 2011

Date: 2014-03-28

South African National Parks (SANParks) is again expecting visitors to flock to Augrabies Falls National Park (ANP) near Upington in the Northern Cape as water levels are expected to reach a three year high. The Orange River will be in full force and with water flowing at 850 cubic metres per second. 

Augrabies Falls National Park waterfall update

Date: 2014-03-24

The Augrabies Falls National Park is experiencing a spectacular sight of high volumes of water over the waterfall. As of this morning, 24 March 2014,  the flow is at 833cum/s. Since the start of the heavy flow on the weekend, the park has had almost 3000 day visitors.

Augrabies Falls National Park waterfall update

Date: 2014-03-19

The water level at Kakamas bridge this morning (19 March 2014) was 5.150m high with a flow of 700cum/s.

Media Release: Visit Augrabies Falls National Park to witness the power of nature

Date: 2014-03-17

Augrabies Falls National Park (AFNP) in the Northern Cape, is expecting the Orange River to be in full force over the next week. After two weeks of rain around the country, the power and force of the waterfall will once again live up to its name of  "the place of Great Noise".

2013 SANParks Arid Cultural Event

Date: 2013-07-17

South African National Parks (SANParks) initiated SA National Parks Week in 2006. This week (9 -13 September 2013) focuses on free access for South Africans into almost all of the South African National Parks. The Arid region which includes Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqua National Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and the Mokala National Park has for the last three years held a flagship regional event, the Arid Cultural Event in partnership with the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape Province (DEDAT), at one of the parks to commemorate this week with its communities. This year the event will be celebrated at the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park with the focus on cultural heritage, on Wednesday, 18 September 2013.

Media Release: Interesting Sightings at Augrabies Falls National Park

Date: 2013-06-25

Augrabies Falls National Parks (AFNP) has revealed a bit more about its illusive self this month with three remarkable sightings. A Leopard, Aardwolf and an Aardvark were all spotted in the park.

Special long weekend discounts at Augrabies Falls National Park

Date: 2013-06-12

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering special discounts to short notice online reservations for selected accommodation and camping at Augrabies Falls National Park for the forthcoming long weekend. 

Positive People and Conservation Projects in the SANParks Arid Region

Date: 2012-12-21

We take a look at various People and Conservation projects hosted in the South African National Parks (SANParks) - Arid Region.

Closure of Bridge at Kakamas on your way to Augrabies Falls National Park

Date: 2012-02-13

Due to major damage to the Orange river bridge at Kakamas, the bridge was closed on the 8th of February 2012 until further notice.

Road/Facility closures & accessible areas for Augrabies

Date: 2011-06-20

There have been many facility closures as well as one road closure due to the recent flooding at the Augrabies Falls National Park.

Kgalagadi to Augrabies Extreme Marathon

Date: 2007-11-14

The Kalahari to Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) of 252 kms recently took place over 7 days (including a mandatory rest day). The tone was set from the very first day when the 34 extreme athletes from 9 countries set off in temperatures that steadily climbed to 46 degrees celcius.

Nominations for the 2007 Kudu Awards Begin

Date: 2007-03-07

If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...

Greening Up around Augrabies

Date: 2006-10-16

From the 1-7 September 2006 the Augrabies Falls National Park celebrated Arbor Week. This commemoration was two-fold; on the one hand the park was visited by the Sentraal Primary School Kakamas as well as the Keimoes High School and on the other hand the park led a tree-planting ceremony held on Wednesday 6 September in the community of Langverwag, Kakamas.

Traveller's Tale: The Legend of the Gariep Monster

Date: 2006-10-13

This story, sent through from Augrabies Falls National Park is a piece of popular folklore that has been circulating in the region for many many and enjoy!

The Magnificent Augrabies Falls

Date: 2006-04-06

The spectacular wonder that is the Augrabies National Park is once again alive – thanks to the recent rainfalls in the Northern Cape. Over the last couple of weeks, hundreds of visitors from around the country have been flocking to Augrabies, 120kms from Upington to experience the powerful flow of water – unleashed from rocky surroundings.

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