Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga – South Africa

João Leitão
Updated on July 11, 2018
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Breathtaking landscapes of Blyde River Canyon in South Africa

Breathtaking landscapes of Blyde River Canyon in South Africa

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon is one of the most beautiful places I visited during my trip to South Africa. The amazing landscapes and outstanding colors made me experience unforgettable trekking moments.

“The Park encompasses the famous canyon which is the third deepest in the world and the largest in South Africa.”

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is located in the Mpumalanga region, near the small town of Graskop. It extends over 50 km / 31 mi across different types of terrain and vegetation.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Bourke's Luck Potholes in Blyde River Canyon

Bourke’s Luck Potholes in Blyde River Canyon

Huge cylindrical potholes and natural swirling whirlpools caused by water erosion over the centuries. Located on the meeting point of Treur River and Blyde River.

Three Rondawels

Three Rondawels in Blyde River Canyon

Three Rondawels in Blyde River Canyon

Three enormous 700 m / 2296 ft peaks with rock formations which resemble the round hut-like roofs of the traditional South African houses.

God’s Window & Wonder View

God's Window in Blyde River Canyon

God’s Window in Blyde River Canyon

The highest viewpoint in the area with spectacular vistas of the lowveld at an altitude of 1,730 m / 5,675 ft.

Pinnacle Rock

Pinnacle Rock in Blyde River Canyon

Pinnacle Rock in Blyde River Canyon

A narrow 30 m / 98 ft quartzite rock coming out of the dense forest.

Lisbon Falls

Lisbon Falls near Graskop

Lisbon Falls near Graskop

These amazing waterfalls of 92 m / 301 ft are the highest in the region. I was actually very intrigued with the name of these falls, since I was born in the city of Lisbon.

Photos of Blyde River Canyon

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HI! I'm João Leitão. Traveling independently since 1999, I explored more than 130 countries and territories in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North & South America and Oceania. Welcome to my adventure travel blog, where I gathered useful information and inspiring narratives to motivate you to travel more. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest e YouTube.

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