PICS: Cliff-hanging Oranjekom Gorge cottage opens in Augrabies Falls National Park

2016-05-03 10:40 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - A new, gravity-defying cottage has been opened in the Augrabies Falls National Park, offering guests spectacular views over the iconic Oranjekom Gorge. 

The Oranjekom Gorge Cottage is the result of popular tourist demand to have secluded accommodation facilities with a breathtaking view in the park, SANParks says.

This facility is absolutely unique as it is located beneath the viewpoint of the spectacular Oranjekom Gorge, offering unrivaled vistas of the Orange River flowing 240m below. Visitors can look forward to a luxurious one bedroom apartment with a fully-equipped self-catering kitchen and separate ablution facilities.

The cottage is priced at a base rate of R1 500, and can accommodate only two people - making it the perfect romantic getaway. 

The unit also caters for guests with mobility impairment. 

This is what it looks like: 

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The ideal is to convert Augrabies Falls National Park into something more than just the Falls. "There is so much more to see and do at the Park other than a mere visit to the falls," park managers say.

The establishment of this new unit, which is 10km from the main rest camp, is one step in that direction. 

In April this year, the Park announced a new catch-and-release fishing opportunity for visitors to the park. This activity also forms part of the move to market the park as more than just a destination to view the falls. 

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) provided R300 000 towards the construction of this establishment, via the DEDAT/SANParks partnership agreement. It was concluded during the 2013/2014 financial year, and was launched on 14 April this year. 

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