The Blyde River Canyon – also known as the Motlatse Canyon (has been renamed) – is a significant natural feature of South Africa located in Mpumalanga. This canyon is known as one of the great wonders of nature on the continent of Africa.
It ranks as one of the most spectacular sights in entire Africa and it is also one of the most visited attractions in South Africa.
The 29.000 ha Motlatse Canyon Nature Reserve in South Africa cuts through the ‘Drakensberg Mountain Range‘.
The nature reserve offers more than 1,000 species of flora of which nearly 20 species of cycad are endangered, and several beautiful waterfalls. Try to visit one of the waterfalls.
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The area is 26 kilometers in length and is around 750-800 meters deep.
Blyde River Canyon mostly consists of red sandstone. The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 1,944 metres (6,378 ft) above sea level. The Dam itself, when full, is in an altitude of 665 m (2,182 feet).
You’ll get stunning views of the Escarpment from legendary viewpoints such as God’s Window (See picture below), where on a clear day, you can see as far as Kruger National Park and Mozambique. Many tourists visit Kruger Park and Motlatse Canyon on the same trip / day.
World’s Largest Green Canyon
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the World. Only Grand Canyon (USA) and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia in Africa are greater. The canyon is the largest ‘green canyon’ due to its lush subtropical foliage with the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet.
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