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South Africa Part 4: Panorama Route & Greater Kruger Area #RenelInSouthAfrica

Written by , Posted in Africa & Middle East, Canon 7D, Nature, South Africa, Travel

I spent nine days in South Africa! If you missed part 3 click here, and be sure to follow my South African adventures using the tag #RenelInSouthAfrica2014.  The itinerary took me on the Panorama Route including God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and the Blyde River Canyon.

We spent last night in Johannesburg at the Malikana Guest House, which is about 10 minutes away from OR Tambo Airport.  We left the guest house with a packed breakfast early in the morning to avoid the Johannesburg traffic.  I plan to do a separate post on my time in Johannesburg so stay tuned.

 

Panorama Route

The Panorama Route from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park winds it’s way through the Drakensburg mountains in the Mpumalanga province (part of the Highveld) down to the Lowveld.  There’s a 5,900 feet difference from the Highveld down to Kruger in the Lowveld.  The main draws on the route include God’s Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, and the Blyde River Canyon.  In addition to these attractions we made stops in Lydenburg and Pilgram’s Rest.

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

The Blyde River Canyon is located in the Drakensberg escarpment region and one of the world’s largest canyons.  Blyde means “glad” or “happy” or Dutch.  It’s also considered the largest “green” canyon because of its’ tropical foliage.  There has been at least 1,000 plant species recorded with the varied plant life is influenced by extreme climate, a range of altitudes, and various soil conditions.

God’s Window

God’s Window is a popular lookout point at the southern end of the Nature Reserve offering panoramic views of the Lowveld.  The world veld comes from the Afrikaans word for “field,” and is a generic term used to define certain wide open rural spaces in Southern Africa.

I was using my 24-70mm lens, but I wish I had a wider lens better suited for landscapes.  I ended up getting better photos on my iPhone using the pano feature.God's Window pano - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / iphone_0314God's window pano - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / iphone_0310 I have no clue what these flowers are called but they are beautiful.  If you know the name let me know in the comments.God's Window flower - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / IMG_8077

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

This area was after a local miner named Tom Bourke, who prospected for gold here.  The potholes formed as a result of a thousand years of swirling eddies of water where the Treur River  (river of sorrow) meets the Blyde River (river of joy) which over time has caused water erosion.

Bourkes Law Potholes - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / IMG_8133 Bourkes Law Potholes waterfall - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / IMG_8115Renel at Bourkes Law Potholes - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / iphone_0326 Bourkes Law Potholes - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / IMG_8108

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May 2013

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April 2013

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Grand Canyon Eagle Point

Written by , Posted in Adventure, Arizona, Canon 7D, Grand Canyon, Nature, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage Site, United States

This was the perfect view of Eagle Point at the west rim of the Grand Canyon.  Now I understand why hikers and rock climbers get such a trill after reaching the top of a climb.  I wish everyone has a chance to visit the Grand Canyon at least once in their lifetime.  I felt a sense of peace and calm.

 

Eagle Point at the Grand Canyon West Rim - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / 3134edit

Eagle Point at the Grand Canyon West Rim

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April 2013

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Hoover Dam Reservoir

Written by , Posted in Arizona, Canon 7D, Nature, Nevada, Travel, United States

The white line on the rock is the result of the 1983 Colorado River floods when the water level was at it’s highest.

 

Hoover Dam reservoir - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / 3060edit

Reservoir at Hoover Dam

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