The Augrabies Falls is a waterfall in the Northern Cape province, 120 kilometres west of Upington, on the Orange River, the largest river in South Africa. Since 1966 the waterfall, set in a desolate and rugged milieu, is enclosed by the Augrabies National Park. The falls are about 56m in height. Some sources cite an approximate height of 480 feet; this is actually the height from the base of the canyon to the top of the walls, not that of the falls themselves. The park provides an opportunity to get up close and personal to the explosive power of the cataract. 15 415 hectares of this starkly beautiful part of the country is protected and a variety of antelope and giraffe can be found here, far from the big five theme parks of Mpumalanga and Northern KwaZulu-Natal.