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Spectacular photos of Augrabies Falls in flood

By John Yeld 11 February 2021

Visitors on a viewing platform take pictures of the mighty Orange (Gariep) River in full flood as it plunges down the Augrabies Falls in the Augrabies National Park near Kakamas in the Northern Cape during the first weekend of February 2021. (Photo: John Yeld)

Heavy rainfall in the Northern Cape helped the ‘Place of Great Noise’ live up to its name.

First published in GroundUp.

The Augrabies Falls in the Augrabies National Park near Kakamas in the Northern Cape on the weekend of 6 February were in full flood. John Yeld captured the spectacular sight. 

The Falls on the evening of Thursday 4 February when water levels in the Orange (Gariep) River were still building towards the weekend’s peak. (Photo: John Yeld)
The Falls in the dawn light on Friday 5 February, ahead of peak flow on Saturday and Sunday. (Photo: John Yeld)
A slow shutter speed on the camera transforms Friday morning’s wild flow through the Falls into dream-like ribbons of water. (Photo: John Yeld)
Dawn breaks over the Falls. (Photo: John Yeld)
“Hi Mom!” Sign language is useful because conversation is all but impossible over the deafening noise. The original Khoisan inhabitants called the area Aukoerebis, or Place of Great Noise, and the name became converted to Augrabies over time. (Photo: John Yeld)
A rainbow forms in the dense spray. (Photo: John Yeld)
Rising waters late on the afternoon of Friday 5 February break over the safety barrier. (Photo: John Yeld)

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