Simply Breathtaking. This is all I could think of as I stood there observing from the viewpoint. I am sure this is one of the most beautiful and exotic nature reserves in the world, featuring a panoramic view and scenic waterfalls that simply astound you.
I took the 15km trek along the canyon’s lip which was definitely the best way to get those amazing views, after all, good things don’t come easy. With numerous waterfalls, viewpoints and rock formations to see along the panorama route, it was hard to decide what deserved my attention. Most sights are separated into three main clusters so if you’re driving the route over multiple days, it’s best to focus on a different area each day.
I really wanted to get beautiful clear photos so I had to wait until the weather was fair and the mist was gone. The most amazing view and my best highlight especially at sunrise and sunset was the one at the Three Rondavels. These are three peaks shaped like traditional bee hive huts with gently sloping walls and doomed summits overlooking the expansive Blyde River below. Even if you are not into meditation, this place gives you the right amount of peace and tranquility you need.
Other popular places I passed by that had good views were the God’s Window which looks down over the sweeping Lowveld, the Pinnacle which is a standalone pillar of rock and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which is a unique geological structure of eroded rock that now forms a series of deep pools.
I also got to spot some antelopes, hippos, crocodiles and birds like the elusive Pel’s fishing owl and the vulnerable blue swallow. The reserve also supports South Africa’s only known breeding site of the rare Taita falcon.