first visited this canyon in 2008 as part of my 52-day,
7-country IntrepidTravel camping-truck trip from Nairobi to
On the way from Kruger
National Park to Johannesburg we
stopped off at a lookout
for great views of the Blyde River Canyon.
The canyon forms the northern part of the Drakensberg Escarpment and is
one of the deepest canyons in the world.
At the lookout we had one of best views in the whole of the canyon -
"Three Rondavels", huge, round rocks,
reminiscent of the
houses or huts of the indigenous people. Rondavels
was the native name for their dwellings.
Protea bushes. We were here in December. They will
flower in a couple of months.
Natalie, Karlie and Olivia, some of my fellow travellers.
The Intrepid truck for the last week of the trip.
I visited the
canyon again during my 47-day, 5-country trip in southern Africa in
After leaving Johannesburg on
our specially and cleverly built truck at
6.30am we travelled on back roads to Blyde River National Park.
Our first stop was at Bourke's
At this picturesque spot, rotating boulders in the stream
have worn cylindrical holes in the rocks.
On this 2009 trip I visited only a couple of places that I had seen
on my trip in 2008.
The view was much clearer here last year.