Cape Town – If you’re contemplating on visiting the Northern Cape this year, you better start making your plans.
Video footage taken on Friday, 3 March, show the Orange River gushing over the iconic Augrabies Falls in the national park. And according to Nadia Lemmetuis, Communication Manager for the Arid Parks, the river is only expected to rise over the next couple of days.
“As of now until 05 March 2017 there will be a continuous rise of the river with a flow of about 500m3/s. Currently, the flow in the river is 100m3/s,” Lemmetuis says.
The magnificent display in the Augrabies Falls National Park comes after good rains across most of the country, except the Western Cape, over the past couple of weeks.
On Monday morning, 27 February, SA’s Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) confirmed the Vaal Dam was officially at 100% - the first time in six years.
This prompted the DWS to open two sluice gates, optimistically estimating that the country could recover from the recent droughts within the next two to three years.
SEE: Vaal dam overflows: Before and after pics show dramatic recovery
With the good rains and the dams literally overflowing, even the Arid Parks are seeing the rivers flowing, as seen in the video below of the Augrabies Falls –
Still not entirely convinced? Then have you heard of the Big 5 things to do at Augrabies Falls National Park, except for the Falls of course?
Daring to take on one of the self-guided Hiking Trails through the park
The park boast self-guided trails that offer spectacular views and fauna and flora, especially now!
The self-guided trails are:
Klipspringer – (by booking only) 36km 3day and 2nights
Dassie – 6.6km/ 3hours
Ebony – 2.8km/ 1.5hours
Gorge – 2km/ 1hour
Honing your wildlife skills on a self-guided game drive
Pack your picnic basket and enjoy the spectacular scenery and biodiversity from Moonrock, Ararat, Oranjekom, Arrowpoint and Echo corner.
Exploring the moon landscape by night
Sit back, relax and enjoy an excursion through the park in the company of a knowledgeable field guide. Nature might just surprise you with beautiful sightings of gemsbok, giraffe, zebra, the iconic klipspringer, eland, and leopard. Reservations can be made at reception.
Lacing up your boots and going for a wild jog or bike ride
For the fitness enthusiast the park permits jogging and cycling on all tourist roads. Bring your own bike and cycle past giraffes, eland and gemsbok.
Tasting the area
The Quiver Tree restaurant in the park offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. They provide fresh breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items unique to the area.
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