In assocciation with Kalahari Wildlife Tours
Tour 15: 1 Day Upington and Surrounds & Augrabies Falls
MALARIA FREE AREA!
Duration: 02-03 hours
Pick up at accommodation for a drive through Upington town, passing the statue of the Camel and Rider at the police station commemorating the Mounties who policed in the harsh desert territory. Continue to the 1041m date palm avenue on the ‘Eiland’, where more than 200 date palms, planted 9 m apart, is regarded as one of the longest and densest palm avenues in the southern hemisphere.
Proceed to the Kalahari Orange Museum, built by Reverend Schröder in 1875 to serve as a church and mission station. The donkey statue in front of the museum symbolises this animal’s devoted contribution to the region’s development during the pioneer days.
Continue to Oppi-Draai Butchery, known for its biltong (dried meat), a local delicacy. Continue to a dried fruit shop with local delicacies.
The last stop before is for wine tasting at the tasting room of the Orange River Wine Cellar in Upington, the second largest cooperative wine cellar in the world. Except for wine and grape juice production, the lower Orange River Valley is the major raisin production area – and one of the major table grape production areas in South Africa. Drop-off at accommodation.
This tour can be done in the morning or afternoon. Please note that most businesses are closed on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays
Depart from Upington to Augrabies Falls National Park, which covers 60 000 ha. En route visit to Tierberg Nature Reserve in Keimoes, from where one has a beautiful view of the lush green Orange River Valley. Continue to Kakamas. Stop at Die Pienk Padstal (The Pink Road Stall) which stocks a variety of dried fruit products and local delicacies.
Proceed to Augrabies Falls National Park. Visit the Augrabies Falls, which is the sixth largest waterfall in the world when South Africa’s largest river, the Orange is in flood. The word Augrabies derives from the Khoi meaning “Place of great noise”. Although Augrabies is essentially a scenic park, game such as giraffe, springbok, gemsbok, eland, kudu red hartebeest, Hartman’s zebra and klipspringer survive in this unique riverine ecosystem. Fish eagles and black eagles are common residents and the Rest Camp is home to a variety of bird species.
Do a scenic game drive in this moon landscape-like land to awesome viewpoints such as Ararat, Oranjekom on the Orange River Gorge and the “Swartrante” (Black Hills) from where one has a great view of this arid rocky desert landscape.
Depart to Kakamas. Stop for wine tasting at the Orange River Wine Cellar in Kakamas, the second largest cooperative wine cellar in the world. Except for wine and grape juice production, the lower Orange River Valley is the major raisin production area – and one of the major table grape production areas in South Africa.
Depart to Keimoes. Travel past the Persian Water Wheels at Kakamas. Continue on the scenic ‘Rockery Road’ road passing through a large quiver tree forest south of the Orange River between Kakamas and Keimoes. The last stop is at the largest inhabited inland island in South Africa, Kanoneiland. Arrive in Upington during the afternoon. Drop-off at accommodation.
This tour can be done on any day. Please note that the Wine Cellars are closed on Saturday afternoons, Sundays & Public Holidays.