Augrabies Falls National Park is where the Gariep (Orange) River divides into numerous channels before tumbling down the 56m high waterfall. The river then continues its path through the 18km stretch of the Augrabies gorge. The surrounding National Park spans an area to the north, and south of the River and is home to a variety of fauna and flora, including the remarkable-looking Quiver Tree. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park includes the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park of South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park of Botswana. On our way, we stop off in the Mier area to have a look at some of the local Khoisan crafts and community projects.
The ancestors of these Khoisan were the original inhabitants of the desolate Kgalagadi area and their culture and descendants survived in this harsh landscape for thousands of years. Spanning the three countries, this Transfrontier National Park is most well known for the rolling burnt red sand dunes that are found throughout this desert region. Despite being a desert, the park is home to a wide variety of wildlife including the rare black-maned lion, and a spectacular variety of birds of prey.