South Africa | Blyde River Canyon

South Africa | Blyde River Canyon

Lots of people fly to Johannesburg and drive straight to Kruger National Park, several hours east of Joburg. In their rush, they miss the beauty that is Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the US and Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia.

This view is at the Three Rondavels viewpoint, where we stopped off on our way back to the airport in Joburg.

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South Africa | Chapman’s Peak Drive

South Africa | Chapman's Peak Drive

The road from Noordhoek to Hout Bay, just south of Cape Town in South Africa, twists and turns as it follows the coastline around it’s namesake, the mountain called Chapman’s Peak. Parts of the coastline are nearly vertical, and the mountainside has been cut away to build the road. It’s a spectacular drive, especially in the late afternoon when the golden afternoon sun rays light up the cliffs.

South Africa | Hout Bay

South Africa | Hout Bay | Explore #266 20 May 2018

This is a view of Hout Bay, taken from a viewpoint on the Chapman’s Peak Drive. It’s a stunning route to drive, especially in the late afternoon as the sun sets. I can also highly recommend the Hout Bay Harbour Market on Friday nights, with good food and drinks and great live music!

Fira

Fira

The island of Santorini, a few hundred kilometers north of the island of Crete, assumed its present form when a volcano violently erupted, resulting in a collapsed caldera.  Several villages now reside at the top of the caldera cliffs, one of which is the island’s capital, Fira, shown above.  Another village on the island, Oia, is a great place to watch the sun setting over the Mediterranean Sea.