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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Blyde River Canyon

Afrikaans name: Blyderivierspoort

Blyde River Canyon is the second biggest canyon in Africa

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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

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 320

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

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

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

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 248

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 60

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

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

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

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