Want to wake up to the most expansive vista in Augrabies Falls National Park? Bookings for the Oranjekom Gorge Cottage are now open. Pictures courtesy of SANParks
The recently launched Oranjekom Gorge Cottage, in the heart of Augrabies Falls National Park, is the first of its kind in the park. Perched on the rocks overlooking the gorge, the cottage offers 360 degree views and enviable seclusion.
The luxurious new cottage is situated 10km from the park’s main rest camp, making it a tranquil retreat for visitors who want to soak up the park’s serenity. The cottage sleeps two guests and has a fully-equipped kitchen and separate bathroom.
Park manager Frans van Rooyen says the new cottage was built directly below the existing Oranjekom Gorge viewpoint. “To construct a cottage here made perfect sense – the infrastructure was already in place and there was no need for new impact studies. The viewpoint wasn’t utilised to its full potential, which made it the ideal spot for more accommodation. The magnificence of the cottage is something to experience – the stunning views and nature’s beauty.”
Frans says there are few things more beautiful than an Augrabies sunset or sunrise. “These unforgettable colours form part of the experience the new cottage offers.”
Booking for the Oranjekom Gorge Cottage is already open and Frans urges guests to book as soon as possible. “To ensure you have a spot for your next anniversary, romantic getaway or second honeymoon, book now!”
Oranjekom Gorge Cottage can be booked at R1,500 per night for two, excluding conservation fees. Wild Card members enter the park for free. Cottage guests check in at Augrabies main reception, open from 07:00 to 18:30.
It is possible to dine at Quiver Tree Restaurant in the main rest camp, about 11km from the cottage. Take note that the gate leading to the restaurant complex is open only between 06:30 and 19:00. No exceptions will be made.
Good to know
- Oranjekom Gorge Cottage can be reached with a normal sedan.
- Although the cottage caters for guests with mobile impairment, the bathroom with shower does not.
- Because the area is known for sudden weather changes, be sure to pack a warm jacket.
- Binoculars, sun protection and, of course, your camera will prove essential.