Perhaps it was because I spent time in Botswana which was filled with game drives and safari walks that I was feeling overly comfortable at Kruger. It seemed normal to me after a week of safaris. Did I loose that loving feeling? Maybe a little. I just needed to see something different.
The Cure: Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
After our day in Kruger, we spent the next day along South Africa’s panorama route the 15Km loop is a must see. Frankly, I wish we would have did this first before visiting Kruger for a change of scenery. The drive along the lush mountains was just as beautiful as the places we stopped at along the way.
The name says it all. Although there is a bit of a climb, it is worth it for the view. Furthermore, it was unforgettable to be up in the clouds and look down about 900 meters into the vast sea of green space. On another note, this area of the nature reserve has bathrooms and a few curios (shops) to buy some trinkets.
Bourke’s Luck Potholes
To make it through this portion, it will be about a 45 min to an hour walk.
Along the path, there are some areas that may be uneven, but I found the paths manageable. When I was here there were no bathrooms to visit. As you walk through the rocks there are foot bridges and many different heights to see the area from all different angles. The potholes are formed by large volume of turbulent water carving the rocks. It is fascinating to see the power of water.
The Three Rondavels
The walk to get to the view point of the Three Rondavels is very short with a few steps. As you look over the the fence, you will see three cylinder like structures. The view is spectacular. Although Blyde River Canyon is not the largest canyon on earth, but I’d have to say I was impressed with its size and abundance of green space. For a Canyon, I was not expecting all of the foliage. Have you been to Blyde River Canyon? Feel free to share your comments or questions.