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Blyde River Canyon

Forming the Northern part of the Drakensburg escarpment, Blyde River Canyon is one of the most beautiful, natural features of South Africa. The viewpoint over the canyon is about a two and a half hour drive north of Nelspruit, but it’s worth making a day of it and stopping at a few incredible spots along the way.

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The view from God’s Window pictured above, is absolutely magnificent on a clear day. After paying R10 to get into the park, there are numerous trails along the mountains or through the thick surrounding forests.

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I was lucky enough to meet some locals on the way who invited me to spend the morning with them at “a secret spot.” Being just off the motorway I didn’t think it would be much, but after a short hike we arrived on a rocky outcrop covered with deep, crystal clear pools, on the edge of grand falling waterfalls.

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I spent the evening camping under the stars in the fresh Mpumalanga wilderness until a lightening storm hit and I was forced to relocate indoors.

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At least it was worth the shot!

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