In video: The mighty Augrabies

The Khoi people called it 'Aukoerebis', or a place of Great Noise – as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterized by the 18-kilometre of the Orange River Gorge. 

The 28,000 hectares on both the northern and southern sides of the Orange River provide sanctuary to a diversity of species, from the very smallest succulents, birds and reptiles to springbok, gemsbok and the endangered black rhino. The most characteristic plant in the park is the giant aloe called quiver tree (kokerboom), and Aloe dichotoma. The tree gets its name from the fact that the Bushmen (San) used the soft branches to make quivers for their arrows. Hire a 4×4 in South Africa to accommodate your travel. 

Hiking along the edge of the gorge with truly magnificent views or longer hikes to Moon Rock and the Potholes are truly worth the effort, whilst the birdlife and characteristic quiver trees, rhino and antelope aside. A visit here is essential.