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© SA Tourism© SA TourismThere are three spectacular canyons in southern Africa. Going back a very long, long time, the Blyde River Canyon is the scar left behind when Antarctica and Madagascar left Africa in the break-up of the Gondwanaland super-continent. It’s the third largest canyon in the world and – of the big ones – is the only vegetated one. Bourke’s Luck Potholes, in the canyon are a scenic reminder of the eroding power of moving water.

Other spectacular canyons include Namibia’s Fish River Canyon, which is the second biggest in the world, (OK Americans, yes, the Grand Canyon is the biggest) and the beautiful Augrabies Canyon, which is the largest granite canyon on earth.

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