“I write of South Africa, where my heart sometimes resides, and my mind often drifts back to, across the distance of lands and oceans. An Africa that always beats with a strong heart of different people, languages and cultures, who irrefutably call this land their home.”
From – A- Augrabies Falls, last week, we have travelled 1433km.
Blyde River Canyon is in the Eastern Transvaal. Travelling across the country from Pacific Ocean side of Africa to the Indian ocean side.
My love of the Eastern Transvaal for holidays began during our caravaning days back in the 1970’s.
While it is difficult to compare canyons world-wide, Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on Earth, and it may be the largest ‘green canyon’ due to its lush subtropical foliage. It has some of the deepest cliffs of any canyon on the planet and is the second largest in Africa.
Around every corner in Eastern Transvaal you find more beauty, just when you think you have seen it all. The weather is hot and there are loads of great places to stay.
From a tourist point of view, where ever you stay in the Eastern Transvaal you are not far from the Kruger National Park, where you can do day trips to see the wildlife. Or day trips to Bourkes Luck Potholes, God’s Window and Pilgrims Rest.
Mr Tom Bourke staked a gold claim here in the late 1880’s and the potholes were named after him.
Blyde River Canyon was named in 1844 by the Voortrekker leader, Henrick Potgieter who was so happy on a day when some of their party of travellers, whom they presumed lost or murdered returned safe and sound from Delgoa Bay. “Bly” means happy.
When paying a visit to this very green area, camping and caravanning may not be your choice, but there is always this option if you have the time to stay and relax in this beautiful tranquil place.
The Three Rondavels is another magnificent site; huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels. This is all part of the Panorama route. This route starts at the town Graskop.
Plan to pay a visit; go on I dare you!
See you next week for “C”
This was an A-Z entry for Jenny’s next round of Alphebe Thursday. Go take a look!