Augrabies Falls in flood, Orange River

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The mighty Orange River, largest river in  South Africa, flows through many landscapes. One of them is the Augrabies Falls. Here are some pics of the Falls taken just the other day in all its glory, river flowing at 3000 cumecs (ie. 3000 cubic feet per second). Look at the size of the people on the viewing deck to get some idea of the sheer volume of this water!! There is something quite special about witnessing the power of nature.

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Orange River Facts

The 1988 flood peaked at an estimated 8,300 cumecs or 293,111 cubic feet per second.
The Boegoeberg Dam wall is 10.2 m high, 626 m in length and took 12 years to build (1920-1932).

Lesotho is a land-locked kingdom.
There are no hippos and crocodiles in the Orange River.
Orania has its own currency called the `ORA´, it can only be earned and traded in this town.
Upington is the only city on the banks of the Orange River.
The river near Kakamas and Keimoes reaches across to 4.5 km in width.
105 mm of rain fell in the district of Prieska on the 20 February 2009, breaking a 26 year old record.
985 cumecs flowed through Augrabies Falls on 10 March 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
The Orange River watershed drains approx. 77% of South Africa´s land area.
Augrabies Falls is 122m high.
The source in the Drakensberg Moutains is at an altitude above 9500 feet.

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Comments

  1. Erwan Deverre

    February 23, 2010

    Bloody hell, I thought my pictures were nice but apparently I got there a couple of days too late :-(
    Your first pic is amazing!

  2. Accommodation

    March 9, 2010

    The people on the viewing deck look like ants.! Cant believe it..looks amazing. Hence the name The Place Of Great Noise!The photos are incredible.

  3. Margot

    December 13, 2010

    I agree, but I can’t take the credit for this one!

  4. Phillip

    April 6, 2011

    Stunning photos!

  5. Dirk Blomme

    August 20, 2012

    Hi,
    I am the Product Specialist of the South African Tourism Call Centre. These our stunning pics. The best i have ever seen.Possibility that i might use some for our facebook page(s)?

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