Augrabies Falls gushing over in full flood.

Augrabies Falls gushing over in full flood.

Upington : South Africa | Jan 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM PST
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The gorge filling up

The Augrabies Falls are situated on the diamond sparkling Orange River as it flows through the hot and dry lands of the mystical Northern Cape region of South Africa. They are 120km west of the town of Upington and 40km north west of Kakamas, access is easy as the roads in the area are in good condition.

Before the white settlers arrived in the area the thundering cascade of the falls was named, 'Ankoerebis', (Place of big Noises) by the Hottentots who resided in the region. These people believed that evil spirits were active in the area.

When the Boer Trek settlers arrived they changed the name of the falls to Augrabies, probably due to misunderstanding of the Hottentot naming.

The main falls drop 191m and the gorge is 240m deep. The gorge runs for a distance of 18km. As can be seen in the photographs the water is rushing over the main falls at a terrific rate and the gorge is close to being full.

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Augrabies Falls
A river in flood
Brigid Jean Primrose is based in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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