Blyde River Canyon
After a very breakfast, and if time permits, visit Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels viewpoint. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon in the United States and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. It is the largest green canyon due to its lush subtropical foliage. This canyon has the deepest, impassable cliffs of any canyon on the planet. The Blyde River Canyon is 26 kilometers in length and is, on average, around 800m deep.
The entire Blyde River Canyon has a number of world-renowned attractions and activities. God's Window and Wonder View hint at the magnitude of the scenery. The Pinnacle is a single quartzite column rising out of the deep wooded canyon. The Three Rondavels, three huge spirals of dolomite rock rising out of the far wall of the Blyde River canyon, stained with fiery orange lichen. It is a spectacular sight.
Bourke’s Luck Potholes
The locals call the Blyde River the River of Joy. At the meeting point of the Blyde River and the Treur River, called the river of sorrow, water erosion has created one of the most amazing geological phenomenon in South Africa. This area is named Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
All five of South Africa's primates, samango monkey, nocturnal greater and lesser bushbabies, chacma baboons and vervet monkeys, can all be seen in The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. It is also a hot spot for hippopotamus, crocodile and varied birdlife.
For the More Adventurous
There are a number of hiking trails in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve or for the more adventurous; a whitewater trip on the Blyde River is a must, with grade 3-4 rapids to keep you busy.
Goodbye South Africa
Return to Johannesburg International Airport and your South African Safari Ends.
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