Image: Dr. Thomas Wagner
9. Blyde River Canyon – South Africa
Blyde River Canyon in South Africa may not be the largest on Earth, but it does have the distinction of being one of the greenest. As well as boasting an average depth of 2,500 feet (762 m), this 16-mile (26 km) long gorge is covered in abundant subtropical plant life, which definitely adds to its appeal. The deepest part of the canyon is said to be from the top of Mariepskop mountain down to the river’s exit, with a total drop of 4,500 feet (1,372 m).
Some of the most incredible vistas in South Africa can be seen from the rim of Blyde River Canyon – and from one spot it’s possible to see over the border to Mozambique. What’s more, if wildlife rocks your boat more than awesome views, you’ll be pleased to know that this canyon is overflowing with stunning fauna, including all five species of South African primates.