Original Source: yearinthewild.com
I’m in Augrabies Falls National Park now, which is still very much in the Kalahari region, although not in the typical sandy dunes that typifies much of this immense geological feature in Africa.
The heat here at Augrabies seems more intense than in the dunes further north, because of the huge amount of granite rock in the area. It absorbs the enormous amount of sunlight and heat and reflects it back like the devil’s personal pizza oven being used at full capacity on a particularly hungry night in hell.
I think the scenery is among the best in the country. Nothing in South Africa looks similar to it. And although the main falls are quite impressive, plunging 56 metres down into a plunge pool that is over 150 metres deep, I still think that Arrow Point and Twin Falls are more interesting.
All three of these are within walking distance of the rest camp. The main falls are never going to compete with Victoria Falls or even Maletsunyane Falls in Lesotho, but I think the gorge below the falls is quite a sight, and certainly one of the most intimidating views I’ve seen.
Further west are the viewpoints of Ararat and Oranjekom. If you drive into the game viewing area, they can be reached within twenty minutes. Here the gorge opens up to reveal a wider river, but no less powerful one. Spot all the immense granite boulders that lie in the middle of the river, deposited there by raging waters of the past millennia.