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The discovery of Augrabies Falls

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Up at dawn, the day promises to be exciting!
Above all, make a fire for coffee in the morning! Crucial if one wants to start the day, and management without further delay Falls, the site is really beautiful even if the Falls are not at their maximum throughput.
After quietly followed the path marked out and pray for some photos views specially developed for this purpose.
We focus on small rodents do not seem to be very distraught. They are nicknamed the big fat (their real name, rock hyrax)!
After this first contact with small rodents of the African continent, we start in pursuit of two antelope.
An hour later we tried to approach successful, we are now a few yards of them!
This first experiment that seems trivial and amazement for us, Africa is starting to take us to the guts!
But already noon, we start exploring the canyon! After several hours walking among rocks and streams, the fascination is still at its height, but have to think back..

Augrabies Falls
Augrabies Falls

After getting lost in the vast plain which borders the canyon, we finally find a dirt road that could lead us to our campsite!
After 1 hour of walking in a sun-flush, the road seems to us more and longer!
An obstacle blocking the road we!
On a twenty meters a river empties its waters, no problem, we remove our shoes and go!
The water is quite cool but it's fun, the reeds that line the path give an impression of the wildest!
After this little episode first contact of the day, a pickup back to our campsite.
When we arrived we discovered to our amazement that our camp is populated by baboons!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Given the distances, this time we choose to explore the area by car.
First stop, we decide to descend to the bottom of the canyon to go in search of giant lizard. It can measure up to two meters long!
The walls are a little unstable but with caution, we will go down anyway!
Come down, we discover a magical place, with a sandy beach where we fessons halt.
Many traces of reptiles, but this giant lizard is found. After two three-hour hike in the canyon, we see traces belonging probably to a cheetah!
We decide to go back and take the car to start exploring.
Beautiful views were there!
But the big surprise was our face to face with the giraffes!


A small group of 4 or 5 in the middle of the track. Really unusual for two Westerners like us.
Bed early, tomorrow a long day's drive we wait, the first border crossing to get to our second point of collapse, another canyon, the Fish River Canyon!