After visiting the Big Baobab Tree at Sunland Farms, we drove through the Drakensburg Mountains to see the Blyde River Canyon. It is said that this canyon is the third largest in the world, behind the Grand Canyon (USA) and Fish River Canyon (Africa), respectively. It is the largest 'green canyon' in the world.
|Jim and I at Blyde River Canyon|
|Jim, the photographer|
|Jim, Amanda, Tianda and I in front of the 'Three Rondavels'|
|The Blyde (Happy) River|
I commented to Jim that in America we would not be able to preserve the beauty of this place while also being able to enjoy it. There would have to be man-made ramps built to make it to the lookouts instead of the natural (uneven) rock formations that we walked over. There would also be glass and barriers everywhere to keep people from either falling or jumping.
Speaking of which...
|He never reads the signs!|
Don't worry. He was standing on a firm foundation...but from this viewpoint it looked like he was hanging off the side of the canyon. Tino's viewpoint of Jim was even better, but I don't have a copy of that one yet.
And here are a few pictures of our outfitter and family...minus Ruan who had to stay behind to attend school.
|Amanda, South African "Hostess with the Most-est", and Tianda|
|Tino, our Host, Professional Hunter & Personal Tour Guide|
After visiting the lookout points at the canyon, we headed to our lodgings for the night. The place reminded me of the Arkansas State Park where we stayed at Lake Chicot when I was a girl. The cabins were duplex style with a small grill and picnic table. The big difference was the wild life!
|Baboon in the tree outside our cabin|
The park was very quiet. If you want to travel in South Africa without crowds, I would suggest you go in May! The restaurant we ate at that night, which normally has long waits and bus loads of people, had three other guests besides us. That wasn't a good thing food-wise as we went for the buffet and they were not serving one due to the low occupancy. But since My Hero doesn't like crowds...this worked out beautifully in all other areas.