Mpumalanga Highlands

There are a few attractions in this area that we have been told to check out. Since we are already in the area, we thought why not.

Below are the highlights on Mpumalanga Highlands.

God’s Window

God’s Window is a popular vantage point along the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga. It is situated at the southern extremity of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. At God’s Window, majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the game reserves which have made the area one of Africa’s prime wildlife destinations. From this Escarpment—a 250 km long rampart of sheer cliffs—opens a vista into a lush forest, the Eden-like aesthetic appearance of which prompted the name. On a clear day it is possible to see over the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on the border with Mozambique.

"If God had meant us to fly he'd have given us wings" God’s Window, picture by DSeow

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon.  Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur as the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River caused waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river. The Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom Burke, who staked a claim nearby.  Although his claim did not produce a single ounce of gold, he correctly predicted that large gold deposits would be found in the area.

Giant potholes Bourke’s Luck Potholes, picture by SNgoi

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