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Travel Blogs from Graskop
... we suddenly felt like we were in Africa with the light, the views, the homesteads, the cattle and chickens all around, and lots of lovely local fruit and vegetables being sold at the roadside. In season now...oranges, pineapple, Paw Paw, avocado, sweet potato, butternut, spinach, bananas, all very cheap if you're coming from overseas. You buy a bag of oranges here, for the same price that you'd buy 2 or 3 at home. The bananas are smaller ...
... and harsh sun burn, the Three Rondavel shone through the cheeky clouds, perched in the classic canyon like shrines. It was beautiful! Shaun and Karen, one, cheeky clouds, zero.
We then headed further down the canyon to Bourke's Luck Potholes. As the water flows from the canyon, it swirls against the rocks and causes erosion. As a pleasure result, over the years, fasinating potholes have been formed. These weren't crisp cascades, or a classic canyon, but just ...
... and checked into our beautiful hotel (as per Lonely Planet recommendation). Kind of an artsy place in a really cozy little town. It is supposed to be cool in the evenings here but it's still roasting- apparently summer has arrived in South Africa!
We headed out to the local pub for a drink before dinner- this turned into three (Craig was still upset from lunch). When we arrived we thought we were at the Carleton Tavern- truly. ...
... the Canyon is over 4500 feet deep.
By some measures it is the third largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia (which we stopped on during our trip).
Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the "Three Rondavels" (see picture under entry), huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels. ...
... set above the clouds, making a beautiful picture although not affording us the views of Kruger National Park and Mozambique that we had been promised.
But the best was yet to come. God's Window was a serene place - we visited early in the morning before the sun had burned away the last of the mist, and with the view being complemented by hummingbirds darting around their business, this was well worth postponing the breakfast pancakes for.
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