Kruger National Park

Feel like you’re flying at Blyde River Canyon

At Blyde River, the world’s third largest canyon, the drops are so extreme that they’ll literally take your breath away. There are few other places in the world where you’ll experience the same exhilarating sense of freedom and expansiveness.

Aptly known as the ‘Panorama Route’, this versatile holiday destination has some of the most dramatic and overwhelming scenery South Africa has to offer like natural wonders God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

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The Three Rondawels, also known as the Three Sisters.

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The stunning Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
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It’s no small wonder that some of Tripadvisor’s top contributors have described the region as “Breathtakingly beautiful, a must do!!” and “One of the best views in the world”.

Depending on whether you feel energetic, up for an adventure, or would prefer to amble, there are many ways to experience this awesome landscape. You can hike (for hours or for days), you can take a helicopter or hot air balloon ride, you can do some fly-fishing or white water rafting, you can cycle, you can horse-ride, you can explore in a 4×4 or on a quad bike, you can abseil, or you can just meander.

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A gentler way to see the sights.
Credit: www.sa-venues.com

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Blyde River Canyon white river rafting for the more adventurous at heart.
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Guests often say that the Blyde River Canyon has a timeless quality about it, and they’d be right. It’s apparently the exact point where, around 200 million years ago, the ancient super continent, Gondwanaland, broke apart and Madagascar and Antarctica separated from Africa!

The Reserve is also close to the Kruger National Park so, if you’re pressed for time or just want to add to your experience, you could combine your trip with some bigger game watching.

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is filled with native flora (over 1,000 species many of which are endemic to the region) and fauna that draws thousands of visitors each year of its own accord. And you might even spot a rare Taita Falcon.

de615e05c85804a04ca9ae252eb0c180Blyde River Canyon Reserve is known for its abundant native flora.
Credit: www.ispotnature.org

If you are inspired by nature and enjoy holidays where you get swept away by magnificent landscapes, make sure Blyde River Canyon Reserve is at the top of your travel list.  Filled with historical, geological and bio-diverse wonders, it definitely won’t disappoint.

For more travel inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

Feel like you’re flying at Blyde River Canyon

At Blyde River, the world’s third largest canyon, the drops are so extreme that they’ll literally take your breath away. There are few other places in the world where you’ll experience the same exhilarating sense of freedom and expansiveness.

Aptly known as the ‘Panorama Route’, this versatile holiday destination has some of the most dramatic and overwhelming scenery South Africa has to offer like natural wonders God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

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Credit: www.thewildernesssociety.com
The Three Rondawels, also known as the Three Sisters.

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The stunning Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
Credit: www.sa-venues.com

It’s no small wonder that some of Tripadvisor’s top contributors have described the region as “Breathtakingly beautiful, a must do!!” and “One of the best views in the world”.

Depending on whether you feel energetic, up for an adventure, or would prefer to amble, there are many ways to experience this awesome landscape. You can hike (for hours or for days), you can take a helicopter or hot air balloon ride, you can do some fly-fishing or white water rafting, you can cycle, you can horse-ride, you can explore in a 4×4 or on a quad bike, you can abseil, or you can just meander.

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A gentler way to see the sights.
Credit: www.sa-venues.com

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Blyde River Canyon white river rafting for the more adventurous at heart.
Credit: www.south-african-hotels.com

Guests often say that the Blyde River Canyon has a timeless quality about it, and they’d be right. It’s apparently the exact point where, around 200 million years ago, the ancient super continent, Gondwanaland, broke apart and Madagascar and Antarctica separated from Africa!

The Reserve is also close to the Kruger National Park so, if you’re pressed for time or just want to add to your experience, you could combine your trip with some bigger game watching.

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is filled with native flora (over 1,000 species many of which are endemic to the region) and fauna that draws thousands of visitors each year of its own accord. And you might even spot a rare Taita Falcon.

de615e05c85804a04ca9ae252eb0c180Blyde River Canyon Reserve is known for its abundant native flora.
Credit: www.ispotnature.org

If you are inspired by nature and enjoy holidays where you get swept away by magnificent landscapes, make sure Blyde River Canyon Reserve is at the top of your travel list.  Filled with historical, geological and bio-diverse wonders, it definitely won’t disappoint.

For more travel inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

Getaway in South Africa

Catriona from Getaway recently joined Scenic Tours on an 18 day luxury all-inclusive South Africa and Garden Route tour which formed a three-part special on Southern African adventures.

Check out the start of their journey here:

Getaway to Africa with Catriona Rowntree & Scenic Tours Episode 1 of 3 from Scenic Tours on Vimeo.

The trip began in Sabi Sands, a group of game reserves next to the Kruger National Park where they set off to meet the Big 5.

Touring in a private reserve had benefits for the Getaway team. Private reserves have fewer people so it gave them the opportunity to get closer to the animals.  In addition, they were able to drive off-road for special sightings.

CatrionaSabiSandsCatriona stayed at the luxurious Lion Sands River Lodge  which is located on the banks of the Sabie River, one of the most biologically diverse rivers in South Africa and home to Africa’s highest density of leopards.

The next destination involved some myth busting. Once notorious, Johannesburg is transforming into a tourist hot spot.

The team visited the Maboneng district – a neighbourhood on the east side of Johannesburg’s CBD which has been transformed into a bustling entertainment hub with vibrant restaurants and coffee shops alongside galleries, theatres, shopping and walking tours.

Whilst in Johannesburg the Getaway team visited Soweto and chatted to locals to discover the new South Africa after 20 years of democracy.

There is a huge amount of pride from Soweto residents for their hometown which includes two noble laureates – Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu – from the same street!

Not only that, but in Soweto people claim they have the best barbecues, known as braai, ‘this side of the Indian Ocean’.  At Chaf Pozi  under the iconic Soweto chimney stacks, customers choose their meat from the counter, which is then cooked to perfection for them!  ChafPozi

The Details
The Getaway team did an 18 day luxury journey of South Africa and the Garden Route from Cape Town to Johannesburg with Scenic Tours.

To celebrate Getaway’s visit, Scenic tours are offering  up to $200 off selected Africa tours. Offer valid until December 31, 2014.  Click here for more information,

To book, request a free brochure or to attend a free information session, visit www.scenictours.com.au or call 1300 723 642.

Getaway in South Africa

Catriona from Getaway recently joined Scenic Tours on an 18 day luxury all-inclusive South Africa and Garden Route tour which formed a three-part special on Southern African adventures.

Check out the start of their journey here:

Getaway to Africa with Catriona Rowntree & Scenic Tours Episode 1 of 3 from Scenic Tours on Vimeo.

The trip began in Sabi Sands, a group of game reserves next to the Kruger National Park where they set off to meet the Big 5.

Touring in a private reserve had benefits for the Getaway team. Private reserves have fewer people so it gave them the opportunity to get closer to the animals.  In addition, they were able to drive off-road for special sightings.

CatrionaSabiSandsCatriona stayed at the luxurious Lion Sands River Lodge  which is located on the banks of the Sabie River, one of the most biologically diverse rivers in South Africa and home to Africa’s highest density of leopards.

The next destination involved some myth busting. Once notorious, Johannesburg is transforming into a tourist hot spot.

The team visited the Maboneng district – a neighbourhood on the east side of Johannesburg’s CBD which has been transformed into a bustling entertainment hub with vibrant restaurants and coffee shops alongside galleries, theatres, shopping and walking tours.

Whilst in Johannesburg the Getaway team visited Soweto and chatted to locals to discover the new South Africa after 20 years of democracy.

There is a huge amount of pride from Soweto residents for their hometown which includes two noble laureates – Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu – from the same street!

Not only that, but in Soweto people claim they have the best barbecues, known as braai, ‘this side of the Indian Ocean’.  At Chaf Pozi  under the iconic Soweto chimney stacks, customers choose their meat from the counter, which is then cooked to perfection for them!  ChafPozi

The Details
The Getaway team did an 18 day luxury journey of South Africa and the Garden Route from Cape Town to Johannesburg with Scenic Tours.

To celebrate Getaway’s visit, Scenic tours are offering  up to $200 off selected Africa tours. Offer valid until December 31, 2014.  Click here for more information,

To book, request a free brochure or to attend a free information session, visit www.scenictours.com.au or call 1300 723 642.

Top 5 Best Places to visit in South Africa

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5. Hermanus

A popular seaside down situated two hours from Cape Town on the Western Cape, Hermanus is most famous for being a whale watchers dream. Between August and November, whales can be seen every day along the coastal area of the town. If whale watching is too serene for your tastes, try your hand at cage diving with Great White Sharks on the nearby Dyer Island!

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4. Garden Route

One of the most beautiful scenic routes in South Africa, the Garden Route is located on the south-eastern coast between Mossel Bay and Storms River. The route is home to ten different nature reserves that house almost 300 species of birds as well as seals, dolphins and whales. The best way to experience the trip is to hire a car, although you could also catch a ride on Africa’s last remaining passenger steam train, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe.

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3. Kruger National Park

Kruger is Africa’s oldest wildlife park, established in 1898. If you’re after a classic safari tour, the park boasts the highest variety of wildlife in Africa including hippos, giraffes, cheetah, crocodiles and more. If you’re after a camping experience, there are plenty of camp sites and bushveld camps to set up at or if you’re looking for more civilized accommodation, a chalet or cottage could be your ticket.

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2. Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch was established in 1679, making it the second oldest town in South Africa. One of the main reasons it made this list was due to the incredible wine route it contains – 44 cellars can be found in what has been dubbed ‘Cabernet country’. If you’re a fan of wine, be sure to stop by some of the cellars to experience tastings and fine dining within the beautiful gardens.

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1. Swartland

Tucked away within a secluded stretch on the Western Cape, Swartland houses one of the most extensive and pristine beaches in South Africa. The area is also well known for its vast vineyards and the sparse fields that burst into wild flowers during the spring, which have become something of a tourist attraction.

Top 5 Best Places to visit in South Africa

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5. Hermanus

A popular seaside down situated two hours from Cape Town on the Western Cape, Hermanus is most famous for being a whale watchers dream. Between August and November, whales can be seen every day along the coastal area of the town. If whale watching is too serene for your tastes, try your hand at cage diving with Great White Sharks on the nearby Dyer Island!

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4. Garden Route

One of the most beautiful scenic routes in South Africa, the Garden Route is located on the south-eastern coast between Mossel Bay and Storms River. The route is home to ten different nature reserves that house almost 300 species of birds as well as seals, dolphins and whales. The best way to experience the trip is to hire a car, although you could also catch a ride on Africa’s last remaining passenger steam train, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe.

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3. Kruger National Park

Kruger is Africa’s oldest wildlife park, established in 1898. If you’re after a classic safari tour, the park boasts the highest variety of wildlife in Africa including hippos, giraffes, cheetah, crocodiles and more. If you’re after a camping experience, there are plenty of camp sites and bushveld camps to set up at or if you’re looking for more civilized accommodation, a chalet or cottage could be your ticket.

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2. Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch was established in 1679, making it the second oldest town in South Africa. One of the main reasons it made this list was due to the incredible wine route it contains – 44 cellars can be found in what has been dubbed ‘Cabernet country’. If you’re a fan of wine, be sure to stop by some of the cellars to experience tastings and fine dining within the beautiful gardens.

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1. Swartland

Tucked away within a secluded stretch on the Western Cape, Swartland houses one of the most extensive and pristine beaches in South Africa. The area is also well known for its vast vineyards and the sparse fields that burst into wild flowers during the spring, which have become something of a tourist attraction.