The Blyde River Canyon

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The Blyde River Canyon is one of the most impressive natural features in South Africa. At 16 miles long and 800 metres deep it is second only in Africa to the Fish River Canyon in size, and is truly impressive. Heavily forested slopes fall sharply down to the river that winds its way around towering pinnacles of rock. All along the canyon edge are viewing points and places to stop, take photos and buy local arts and crafts, whilst the floor of the canyon is great for hiking and bird watching. Two of the best of these viewing points are God’s Window and The Three Rondavels. At God’s Window, the Escarpment falls 700 metres exposing a huge, broad sweep of the Lowveld, stretching towards the Kruger and beyond to Mozambique. The Three Rondavels is a view across the canyon towards three conical hilltops on the opposing ridgeline which look uncannily like traditional rondavel huts.

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