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7. AUGRABIES FALLS NATIONAL PARK

7.     AUGRABIES FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Northern Cape
Size 820sq.km
Established 1966

The Augrabies Falls National Park stretches along the Orange River, the country’s longest river, to the Augrabies Falls, about 120 km west of Upington. The area is very arid. There are many deposits of alluvial diamonds along the Orange River and legend has it that the biggest cache of diamonds in the world lies in the swirl-hole eroded into the granite at the foot of the waterfall by the thundering waters. The most characteristic plant in the park is the giant aloe (aloe dichotoma) known locally as the kokerboom (quiver tree). The eye-catching silhouette of the quiver tree is typical of this part of Northern Cape landscape. A prominent landmark in the park is Moon Rock, a large exfoliation dome measuring around 700 metres by 100 metres and 30 metres high.

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