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Natural Wonders Guide : South African Tourist Attractions

Natural Wonders
Travel Writer: EcoTravel Africa  

South Africa's Natural Wonders would make up a book on there own --

Photographer: EcoTravel Africa 

South Africa's Drakensberg mountains are home to the world's second-highest waterfall, the Tugela Falls (Thukela Falls), with a total drop of 947 metres. They are easily viewed after a heavy rain from the main road into the park. (The highest waterfall in the world is the 979-metre Salto Angel in Venezuela.)

The Cango Caves is one of the worlds great natural wonders, sculptured by nature through the ages - fascinating limestone formations in a wide variety of colours. Trained guides conduct visitors through this underground wonderworld of the world's finest stalactite cave.

The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest "gorge" in the world (largest green canyon) and one of South Africa's fanous natural wonders. The Blyde River Canyon is the kind of place where brochures and guide books run out of original adjectives to describe the fresh mountain scenery and magnificent panoramic views.

Where the Blyde River ("river of joy") and the Treur River ("river of sorrow") meet, water erosion has formed one of South Africa's most remarkable geological phenomena, known as the Bourke's Luck Potholes. Over thousands of years, surreal cylindrical rock sculptures created by whirling water, have formed a series of dark pools which contrast artfully with the streaked white and yellow lichen covered rocks.

At God's Window on the Drakensberg escarpment, majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the private game reserves which have made the area one of Africa's prime wildlife destinations.

God's Window is a small part of a 250km long rampart of sheer cliffs - it indeed seems as if one can see forever! With its magnificent views, rock formations, canyons and waterfalls, God's Window is truly an area of breathtaking scenic grandeur.

The series of caverns called the Sudwala Caves are one of South Africa's major attractions. The caves are believed to be about 2 000 million years old and contain not only stalagmites and stalagtites, but also the fossilised remains of 'collenia' a form of algae that it is believed life on earth evolved from.

The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park has both one of the largest estuary systems in Africa and the continent's southernmost coral reefs. In granting it World Heritage status in 1999, the World Heritage Committee noted the park's "exceptional biodiversity, including some 521 bird species".

Around 2-billion years ago a massive meteorite, 10 kilometres in diameter, hit the earth about 100km southwest of Johannesburg, creating an enormous impact crater. What remains of this impact crater is now known as the Vredefort Dome and is located near to the small Free State town of Vredefort.


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South Africa has many top Game / Nature Reserves, and is home to many of the mammals of southern Africa. Numerous wildlife safari and tour companies operate guided tours to South Africa. Popular adventure travel activities in South Africa include: horse riding safaris, elephant back safaris, mountain biking, birding, wilderness walking trails, science safaris and volunteering especially for GAP year students.
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