Few sights are as awesome or a sound as deafening as water thundering down the 56m Augrabies Waterfall when the Orange River is in full flood.
The Khoi people called it ‘Aukoerebis’, or place of Great Noise, as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterised by the 18km abyss of the Orange River Gorge.
Hole was a featureless, flat-topped hill. When word spread that diamonds had been discovered, thousands of prospectors, armed with nothing more than picks, shovels and hope, descended on Kimberley and created the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.
Life in the Goegap Nature Reserve offers a different world every spring. ‘I have been here since 2006 and each flower season is a surprise package,’ says Maxie Jonk, the manager of Goegap Nature Reserve.
The Goegap Nature Reserve was named by the Nama people for the reed-filled water spring here. The Nama were entirely dependent on the fountain water in this arid biodiversity hot spot near the town of Springbok, where semi-desert birds, animals and the wild flowers of Namaqualand flourish.
A beautiful landscape with red dunes and blue skies in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park together with African wildlife is perfect for game viewing and photographic safaris.
As if by magic a tapestry of brilliant colours unfold enticingly along the winding roads of the Namaqua National Park. Butterflies, birds and long-tongued flies dart around among the flowers, seemingly overwhelmed by the abundance and diversity.