Tourism bosses in Mpumalanga have confirmed that a R500 million skywalk project is underway at the Blyde Canyon, giving visitors a chance to step out and overlook God’s Window.
The glass platform will extend 12 metres over a sheer drop, suspended about 700 metres in the air. The unique viewing experience is likely to spark a boom in the provincial tourism market, and it’s hoped that the worst of the pandemic will be done and dusted by the time this skywalk opens to the public.
Hundreds of jobs, many permanent, will be created by the ambitious development, situated in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. Blyde Canyon has previously been voted as one of the best destinations for ‘Instagrammable pictures’, and the addition of a skywalk will allow social media enthusiasts to get the ultimate selfie.
Of course, tech aside, it is the natural beauty of Mpumalanga’s famous gorge that draws the tourists. The views are as good as unparalleled, and the desire to do something individual with this project will hopefully pay off. Premier RM Mtshweni-Tsipane has hailed the move as an ‘extraordinary example’ of what the province can achieve.
“The God’s Window Skywalk project is an extraordinary example of how our Province can utilize its resources such as its natural beauty, scenic landscapes, well-managed national parks, culture, the arts, and what is referred to as the creative economy, in order to create a better life for our people.” | Premier Mtshweni-Tsipane