The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) will today officially open the hiking trails at the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.
The three hiking trails vary in terms of time and activity. The trails include the Belvedere day walk which is estimated to take five hours as well as the Waterval long trail which will take approximately 3 days to complete.
“These trails traverse half of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve as well as privately owned land, from Paradise Camp (on the God’s Window loop road) to Bourkes Luck Potholes. They are self-guided trails and will afford the hiker an opportunity to appreciate the natural wonders on offer at this nature reserve”, said Executive Manager for Tourism at MTPA, Mr Xolani Mthethwa.
Blyde River Canyon is the 3rd largest canyon and ever green in the world and offers spectacular landscapes and high altitude scenic drives leading to attractions like God’s Window, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels.
“Tour operators and guides are encouraged to explore these trails in order to be able to put together packages and detailed itineraries for those seeking adventure based tourism experiences”, added Mthethwa.
The three days trail starts from Paradise Camp to Watervalspruit, which is approximately 3km. From Watervalspruit to Clearstream it will take approximately 13.5km and lastly from Clearstream to Bourkes Luck Potholes it will take approximately 13.6km. This trail is not for the faint hearted and is ideal for those tourists intending to spend a longer period.
Today’s launch is aimed at creating awareness on the newly refurbished rustic accommodation available while using the trails and further introduce the diverse product offering to the market.
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