Two Geckos on a Road Trip – Day 4 – Springbok to Augrabies

We decided to have breakfast in camp this morning and only left after 9:00 am. We had an interesting ride to Augrabies and were particularly fascinated to see a solar farm with hundreds of solar panels on the side of the road. With all the sun in the semi-desert it certainly makes sense to feed some solar power into the grid.

The caravan park at Augrabies was relatively empty. The Earl and I arrived ahead of Cathy and Alec and we soon found a shady spot to set up. Photos to follow in my next blog.

Entrance to the pristine Augrabies Rest Camp

We parked and did not unhook as the following day we needed to take the Gecko to Upington for new shock absorbers on the tow hitch.

Once settled I went to explore.

The pond nearby had but one bird – a reed cormorant enjoying a fishing expedition
A rock sprouts a tree and I struggle to get anything to grow in my fertile garden!
There were plenty of pale-winged starlings about
I found two swimming pools and both were sparkling. The Earl and I spent an hour cooling off here later in the day

I found the signposts to the falls so decided to continue my walk to preview them on my own. It was a crazy thing to do as it was midday and very hot!

These curious guys, sensibly resting in the shade must have thought I was nuts to be out in the midday sun
This one tried to hide in the foliage of a tree
I found the falls – lovely but not as thundering as I had expected

Our friends were not far behind us and after they’d set up we had a bite to eat with them before going off for a swim.

After our swim I walked with The Earl to see the falls again. In the afternoon light we could see a rainbow in the spray.

The walkway is well maintained
A lovely rainbow in the falls
These guys were everywhere too.

The facilities here at Augrabies are very good. Hopefully, the ablutions will be adequate over the long weekend when I expect the place will fill up. There are only two blocks with two loos and two showers on each of the male and female sides. They are sparkling clean though.

More about Augrabies in the coming days.

7 thoughts on “Two Geckos on a Road Trip – Day 4 – Springbok to Augrabies

  1. de Wets Wild

    Certainly one of our most underrated Parks, and one I wish desperately were closer so we could visit more often. Sorry to see the flood over the falls have lessened, some of the photos and videos we saw a month ago were quite spectacular! Have a great time, Helen.

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    1. puppy1952 Post author

      Yes – it is a long way to go at a moment’s notice – so we’re a bit late for the floodgates but the falls are still awesome and it’s a great place to visit. The campsite is lovely.

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    1. puppy1952 Post author

      We have been a few times before too, Anne. I am impressed with the pristine maintenance. Unfortunately the restaurant is not operational at the moment but that’s a minor detail. We are loving our stay here.

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