Blyde River Canyon, Hoedspruit
The Blyde River Canyon is the third biggest canyon in the world. The Blyde River Canyon, officially the Motlatse Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa and forms the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment.
Located in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, it is 25 kilometres in length and is, on average, around 750 metres deep. The Blyderivierpoort Dam, when full, is at an altitude of 665 metres. The canyon consists mostly of red sandstone.
The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 1,944 metres above sea level, whilst its lowest point where the river leaves the canyon is slightly less than 561 metres above sea level. This means that by some measure the canyon is 1,383 metres deep.
It is the second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon, and is known as one of the great wonders of nature on the continent.
The best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the “Three Rondavels”, huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels. This canyon is part of the Panorama Route. This route starts at the town Graskop and includes God’s Window, the Pinnacle and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
Attractions in and around the Blyde River Canyon include:
– Enjoy an interpretation tour to the Kadishi Tufa Waterfall and the Three Rondawels. Hippos, crocodiles, fish eagles are among the wildlife to be seen. 0817455560
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