Blyde River Canyon

Trip Start Jan 30, 2009
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Trip End Aug 01, 2009


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Flag of South Africa  , Mpumalanga,
Friday, July 3, 2009

We continued to move northeast to the Blyde River Canyon which is a significant natural feature of South Africa. It is 16 miles in length and is, on average, around 2500 feet deep. The Dam itself, when full, is at an altitude of 2182 feet.

The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 6378 feet above sea level the lowest point where the river leaves the canyon is slightly less than 1840 feet above sea level. This means that by some measure the Canyon is over 4500 feet deep.

By some measures it is the third largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon  and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia (which we stopped on during our trip). 

Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the "Three Rondavels" (see picture under entry), huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels.
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