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Wednesday, April 28, 1999
Nelspruit to Blydepoort, South Africa
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Blydepoort, South Africa:
Latitude: 24° 34' 43" South
Longitude: 30° 46' 33" East
Altitude: 3695 feet
From Seattle: 11741 miles
Lodging: Camp - Aventura Eco

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Today's Travel:
Country: South Africa
Region: Mpumalanga
Route: Roads: N4, R537, R532
Start: Nelspruit
Stop 1. Mac-mac Falls
End:Blydepoort, South Africa
Linear:73 miles
Weather: Partial Sun / Rain

Available Photos:

Hill tops Mac-mac Falls, South Africa

The Falls Mac-mac Falls, South Africa

Narrow overgrown canyon God's Window, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa

God's Window View God's Window, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa

View through brush Near God's Window, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa

Paraglider Wonder View, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa

Escarpment Wonder View, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa

Reflections of canyon walls Blydepoort, South Africa

Reflections with moon Blydepoort, South Africa

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 748
Linear Dist: 142352
Countries Visited: 54
Regions Visited: 213
More stats...
Hotels: 208
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 109
Hostels: 209
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2888
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Journal Entry:
Up at 7:30, but somehow by the time we packed, bathed, and said goodbye to Dave and Bella it was 9:30. Went by the internet cafe that was closed yesterday and spent two hours with email. Stopped to pick up some (a half kilo!) more of the Chile bites (Biltong) that was so good yesterday. Had a cup of coffee to try and decide what we were going to do. Then Darrelle realized she'd left her sweatshirt at the hostel. It took three laps between the Old Vic pub and the hostel before we finally tracked down Bella so that we could get in. So finally at one we were really on our way.

Stopped at Mac-mac Falls around three. The main reason we stopped was for the road-side crafts market, but the falls themselves were nice. I got away with only spending a few Rand to buy some "Elephant Shit Paper" greeting cards. Both Dean and Brett each bought a walking stick and salt and pepper shakers, and Darrelle bough some clay figures.

Next stop was the God's Window view point in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. The view seemed to go forever over some of the only remaining lowveldt land in the world, but unfortunately you could see a lot of logged and farmed land. We tried to stop at the Three Rondawels rock formation but the reserve road closed at five and we got there at five ten.

Found a private lodge near the canyon where we could camp and be able to see the rock formation first thing in the morning - hopefully getting us to Kruger National Park by noon. Made diner, sat huddling around the charcoal before realizing it was just getting too cold. Had our nightly Amarula then I headed for a long bath (the joys of a private campground!)


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: South Africa
CIA World Fact Book: South Africa

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