Canyons, Mountains, Potholes & More

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After the very satisfying day at Kruger, we were out to explore more of Mpumalanga. On the cards this day was the Blyde River Canyons, Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Potholes and God’s Window.

We started with driving to the Blyde River Dam jetty. I recollect the tour guide mentioning it being the third largest in the world, but looking up and reading more, different links are giving me different names. But it does seem like the greenest in the world.

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You’ll get to appreciating the magnanimity of the canyons only until you get up there to the viewpoint, but what you get to admire here are waterfalls, wildlife, and how nice those huge round sandstone mountains looked.
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The very popular Kadishi Tufa waterfall is the second tallest tufa (face) waterfall, which you get to view here on this boat ride. The name translates to a crying face. The falling water was non-existential when we were there.

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We continued on with a coffee stop at a tastefully decked up shop called Mad Dogz Cafe (Blue Cottages) and then to the glorious Rondavels Mountains to marvel at the amplitude of the canyon.
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That’s my man!
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Some pictures and then we drove to the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. We stopped by the park and picnic area first to grab a few modest lunch bites – greek salad, cheese tomato sandwiches from the shop there, some snacks that we were carrying and wine.
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And yes, the lunch was the only modest thing that day. A geological marvel, in all it’s glory, those potholes. The panorama, those sandstones and the series of metal bridges that take you over the potholes are breathtaking, to say the least. And it begins with a massive panoramic outlay of it all.

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Years of eddy currents at the meeting point of Treur and Blyde river caused extensive water erosion, resulting in these crater looking structures that would make for great portrait backdrops. Varied earthy hues like yellows, browns and whites, they are representative of the soils that eroded.
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Leaving awestruck from here, we proceeded to God’s Window. It was extremely foggy and there wasn’t much long distance visibility.
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But, that was OK. We were still reeling from the beauty of those potholes.

We started heading back to Hazyview, dined at Nando’s and retired back at the hotel.

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