Throwback Thursday: 22 July 2021

Good day,

Well, today we are going back to 12 September 2013 when we visited The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We got up just after 4:00am that morning and we left around 5:00am. It was about a 3 hour drive to the park from Upington. I did not know the road and I remember that it was very dark and cold that morning. We were so excited about our visit to the park that it felt like we were driving forever.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large wildlife preserve and conservation area in southern Africa . The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and comprises two adjoining national parks:

  1. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa
  2. Gemsbok National Park in Botswana

The total area of the park is 38,000 square kilometers (15,000 sq mi). Approximately three-quarters of the park lies in Botswana and one-quarter in South Africa. Kgalagadi means “place of thirst.”  In December 2015, media reports claimed that rights for gas-fracking in more than half of the Botswana portion of the park had been sold. The Botswana government later refuted these reports.

The park is located largely within the southern Kalahari Desert. The terrain consists of red sand dunes, sparse vegetation, occasional trees, and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob Rivers. The rivers are said to flow only about once per century. However, water flows underground and provides life for grass and Camelthorn trees growing in the river beds. The rivers may flow briefly after large thunderstorms.

The park has abundant, varied wildlife. It is home to large mammalian predators such as Lions, Cheetahs, African Leopards, and Hyenas. Migratory herds of large herbivores such as Blue wildebeest, Springbok, Eland, and Red Hartebeest also live and move seasonally within the park, providing sustenance for the predators. More than 200 species of bird can be found in the park, including Vultures and raptors such as Eagles, Buzzards, and Secretary birds.

Sunrise just outside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Sunrise just outside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Sunrise just outside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Doors to the Botswana side of the park. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 15 July 2021

We left the Augrabies Falls National Park and headed back to Azalea Guesthouse in Upington. Azalea Guesthouse was our base for the time we spend here in Upington and visiting the SANPARKS in the vicinity.

AAA Trust Sign, On Route to Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
A church not exactly sure where? On route to Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
Jaloers Bokkie Bottle store, Marchand, Northern Cape, South Africa
Marchand, small town outside Augrabies Falls on route back to Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
Vineyards at Triple D Farms, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
Cement slabs to dry the raisins, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
Sunset on our way back to our base in Upington
Azalea Guesthouse, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
Mom inspecting my room, Azalea Guesthouse, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
The WC and shower in my room, Azalea Guesthouse, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 8 July 2021

Today our visit to The Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northern Cape comes to an end. I will definitely visit the park again and this time around I will use all that I have learned from my photography course.

We only encountered some wildlife on the last stretch of our visit to the park.

Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Springbok. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Springbok ram. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Springbok. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Springbok. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Springbok ewe’s and rams. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Springbok. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Springbok ewe’s. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Greater Kudu cow and calf. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Greater Kudu Cow. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Greater Kudu Calf. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Dad with a huge piece of Rose Quarts, Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Dusty Car…. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Mom Getting into our Dusty Car… Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Dusty Car…. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 1 July 2021

Good day friends,

Today we are continuing to travel by car through the Augrabies Falls National Park, with its beautiful landscapes and wildlife.

Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Greater Kudu, Augrabies Falls National Park
Greater Kudu, Augrabies Falls National Park
Greater Kudu, Augrabies Falls National Park
Greater Kudu, Augrabies Falls National Park
Greater Kudu, Augrabies Falls National Park
Greater Kudu, Augrabies Falls National Park
Greater Kudu, Augrabies Falls National Park
Greater Kudu, Augrabies Falls National Park
Greater Kudu, Augrabies Falls National Park
Collective Nest in Quiver Tree, Augrabies Falls National Park
Collective Nest in Quiver Tree, Augrabies Falls National Park
Collective Nest in Quiver Tree, Augrabies Falls National Park
Collective Nest in Quiver Tree, Augrabies Falls National Park
Quiver Tree, Augrabies Falls National Park
Quiver Tree, Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 24 June 2021

Good day everyone,

Today we continue our drive through the Augrabies Falls National Park on 11 September 2013.

Pale-Winged Starling, Augrabies Falls National Park
Pale-Winged Starling, Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
White-Bellied Sunbird, Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Augrabies Falls National Park
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Augrabies Falls National Park

“Photos capture our memories in print, but our memories are always with us in our minds.”  ~Catherine Pulsifer

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 17 June 2021

Today we continue to explore the Augrabies Falls National Park

Dad exploring
Dad exploring
Views of Augrabies Falls National Park
Hallo Dad
Beautiful Views
Stacked
Stacked
Indigofera nigromontana
Beautiful views at the Augrabies Falls National Park

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 10 June 2021

Continuing our Drive through the Augrabies Falls National Park on 11 September 2013.

Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Mom and Dad, Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park

“A picture is worth a thousand words, but a memory is priceless.” ~ Unknown

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 3 June 2021

Good day friends,

Today we are getting back into the car and we are going to explore the rest of Augrabies Fall National Park.

River Crossing, Augrabies Falls National Park
River Crossing, Augrabies Falls National Park
River Crossing, Augrabies Falls National Park
River Crossing, Augrabies Falls National Park

Our first stop is going to be the Moon rock Viewpoint . This is a massive rounded granite mound and it is not far from the main camp. Walking to the summit will provide a wonderful view.

Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park
Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park
Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park
Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park
Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park
Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park
Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park
Views from Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park
Views from Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park
Views from Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park
Moon Rock, Augrabies Falls National Park

“A picture is worth a thousand words, but a memory is priceless.” ~ Unknown

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 27 May 2021

Augrabies Falls National Park: 2013-09-11

We continue our walk at the main falls. Before we head out to explore the rest of the park by car.

I just loved the different colors of the stones and rock formations, and how smooth some of it was because of the friction when the water masses pass through.

Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Dad taking a photo of Mom at Augrabies Falls
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park

“It’s the little memories that will last a lifetime.”  ~Unknown

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 20 May 2021

Today we are continuing our walk through the main area of the park. We headed to the main falls, but was very disappointed when we saw it. Although it was still beautiful it was not as spectacular as the brochure and the photos on the internet. I asked one of the guides where the main fall is and he showed me to it. He could see the disappointment on my face and told me that if I want to see it in all its glory we must return in January…. So the Augrabies Falls National Park is back on my Bucket list.


Augrabies falls


This is where the mighty Orange River is at its most impressive as it thunders its way through a ravine and cascades down into a pool walled by sheer granite, 56m below. Few sights are as awesome or sound as deafening as water thundering down the 56m Augrabies Waterfall when the Orange River is in full flood.

The Falls derived their name from the Khoi word ‘Aukoerebis’ meaning ‘place of great noise’. Essentially a scenic park where Klipspringer and Quiver trees stand in stark silhouette against the African sky, silent sentinels in a strangely unique environment where only those that are able to adapt survive. Do not plan on just nipping in to see the main falls – there is much more to experience in this arid piece of moonscape-like land. Awesome and strikingly beautiful it offers the visitor over 50 000ha of unique riverine ecosystems to explore, with viewpoints from which to survey the dramatic landscape that unfolds below


Tree growing out of rock formation, Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Mom talking to the Rock Dassie at Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Hoofprints, Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Flat Lizard, Augrabies Falls National Park
Flat Lizard, Augrabies Falls National Park
Flat Lizard, Augrabies Falls National Park
Rock Dassie, Hyrax, Augrabies Falls National Park
Rock Dassie, Hyrax, Augrabies Falls National Park

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen