See Blyde River Canyon from a new perspective with 3 new hiking trails

2018-10-16 14:55 - Gabi Zietsman
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There are three new hiking trails in Blyde River Canyon. (Photo: Mia van der Merwe, MTPA)

If you've walked all the trails you can in South Africa, there are three new ones in Mpumalanga that will cure your itchy feet.

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Park Agency (MTPA) officially opened the new trails at the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve on Friday, which include the five-hour Belvedere Day Walk and the three-day Waterval Long Trial.

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These trails meander through half of the nature reserve as well as on private land and includes Blyde River Canyon highlights like Bourke's Luck Potholes. They are self-guided, but MTPA's executive manager Xolani Mthethwa hopes they could spur more tourism opportunities in the area.

“Tour operators and guides are encouraged to explore these trails in order to be able to put together packages and detailed itineraries for those seeking adventure-based tourism experiences”, said Mthethwa.

Blyde River Canyon is not only the third largest canyon in the world, it's also the largest 'green' canyon in the world due to its lush foliage. It's 26km in length and around 800m deep.

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Hikers at the launch of the trails. (Photo: Mia van der Merwe, MTPA)

3-day Waterval Long Trail

This intense trail starts in Paradise Camp with a 3km walk to Watervalspruit where you'll spend the night. From there it's 13.5km to Clearstream for the second night, and then the last day is a 13.6km hike to Bourke's Luck Potholes. The rustic accommodation has also recently been refurbished. 

The rates for the trail is R450 per person. For more information check out their website.

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Hikers at the launch of the trails. (Photo: Mia van der Merwe, MTPA)

What is there to see in Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve?

Bourke's Luck Potholes 

God's Window 

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Three Rondavels 

Pinnacle Rock

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