The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Blyde River Canyon

Afrikaans name: Blyderivierspoort

Blyde River Canyon is the second biggest canyon in Africa

Photo © AndreasEdelmann - Fotolia.com

Mpumalanga

The Blyde River Canyon is one of South Africa's top tourist attractions attracting over 1 millions visitors per year.

The canyon is the second biggest in Africa with the Fish River Canyon taking top spot. It is also one of the biggest in the world.

The Blyde River Canyon is 26 km long and the deepest point is 800 metres.

The name is under some debate as the name of the Blyde River which flows through it has been renamed to the Motlatse River.

There is a wide variety of mammal, bird and plant life to be found in the canyon as it offers many different habitats.

Three Rondavels

Above - Three Rondavels

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Curio market

Above - Curio market near the view site

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 126

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2014 - Page: 160

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 61

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 60

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 248

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 86

Getaway - Vol 27 No 09 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 77

Getaway - Vol 28 No 08 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 10

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 137

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 320

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 682 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 25


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