Day 27: Reasons why I love South Africa: Augrabies


Tha Augrabies Falls is a waterfall in the Northen Cape. It is on the Orange river. The falls are about 60m high and the gorge is about 240m deep and 18km long. The name is derived from the Khoikhoi name “place of big noises”

“The falls have recorded 7,800 cubic metres (280,000 cu ft) of water every second in floods in 1988 (and 6,800 cubic metres (240,000 cu ft) in the floods of 2006).”This is a number which puts international waterfall super-giants such as Niagra Falls to shame (3 to 1, in cubic meters, with Niagra’s 2,400 cubic metres coming in far behind, in fact). It even beats out Niagra’s “all time record of 6,800 cubic metres per second”.

The gallery at the bottom is of the 2011 floods. The a few days before I took these pictures  3 million liters of water a second made it’s way over the waterfall. It is a must see when you visit South Africa.

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