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If you're looking for ways to make your camping experience even better, you're in luck! We will share some useful hacks that can help you have a successful camping trip.

A Family Adventure in Blyde River Canyon

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As I looked out of the car window, I could hardly contain my excitement. The lush greenery of the Blyde River Canyon welcomed us with open arms, and I could already feel the sense of adventure in the air. My husband, and our two kids, were equally thrilled as we embarked on our four-day camping trip in this breathtaking natural wonder.

We had spent some time planning this trip, researching the best campsites and packing our gear. As we arrived at the campsite, we were in awe of the stunning panoramic views that surrounded us. The towering cliffs, the glistening river, and the vibrant flora painted a picturesque scene that took our breath away.

Preparation for this camping adventure has been quite a task, with a long list of items to pack. We made sure to bring our sturdy camping gear, including a spacious tent, warm sleeping bags, portable stove, and cooking utensils. We also packed plenty of food, snacks, and water for our four-day trip, as well as insect repellent, sunscreen, and first aid supplies.

We quickly set up our tent and organized our campsite. The kids were eager to explore, so we decided to take a short hike to a nearby waterfall. The trail was well-marked, and we marveled at the beauty of the indigenous plants and the sound of the rushing water as we hiked along. The kids were thrilled to see monkeys swinging from the trees and brightly coloured birds fluttering overhead. After reaching the waterfall, we splashed around in the refreshing water, feeling the mist on our faces.

As the day turned to evening, we gathered around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and sharing stories. The kids eagerly recounted their adventures of the day, and we laughed together as we reminisced about the monkey who had cheekily tried to steal our snacks. The night sky was a canvas of stars, and we lay on the ground, gazing up in awe of the constellations.

In the afternoons, we went on nature walks, identifying different plant species and learning about the unique ecosystem of the canyon. We spotted dassies, a type of small mammal that is endemic to the region, scurrying across the rocks, and the girls were thrilled to see them up close.

On our third day, we ventured on a longer hike to a viewpoint that promised breathtaking vistas of the canyon. The trail was more challenging, but the girls were determined and eagerly embraced the adventure. We hiked through dense forests, crossed rocky paths, and scrambled up steep slopes, but the effort was rewarded when we reached the viewpoint.

The view from the top was simply awe-inspiring. We stood on a precipice, gazing out at the vast expanse of the canyon spread before us. The verdant valleys, the dramatic cliffs, and the meandering river below created a spectacle that left us speechless. We sat there for a while, taking in the beauty of nature and reflecting on the privilege of being able to experience such wonders.

On the last morning, we pack up our campsite, making sure to leave no trace of our presence in this pristine wilderness. With a tinge of sadness, we bid farewell to Blyde River Canyon, but our hearts are filled with memories that will last a lifetime.


It's always a good idea to check the weather forecast and any camping regulations or restrictions in Sabie Blyde River Canyon before your trip to ensure you are well-prepared.

Cleaning tent

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Cleaning a tent is an important part of maintaining its longevity and functionality. Here are some general steps on how to clean a tent:

Note: Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and care as different tent materials and designs may require specific cleaning methods. It's also a good idea to check for any repairs that may be needed, such as seam sealing or patching, before storing the tent for an extended period of time.

By properly cleaning and storing your tent, you can help extend its lifespan and ensure that it's ready for your next camping adventure.

Camping fire games

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Word association game

The simple version of this game can also go in the campfire games for kids and families category.

In the pond, out of the pond

Fun camping questions

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