Mpumalanga attracts over one million tourists a year to the natural wonder of the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and the adjacent world-famous Kruger National Park. Below are the details of several investment opportunities that have been identified by MEGA in this popular area:
Blyde River Canyon Cable Car Project
- The Blyde River Canyon is the largest and deepest green canyon in the world, making it an attractive investment opportunity in tourism infrastructure.
- MEGA’s plan for the Blyde River Canyon Cable Car involves building a cable car that can transport tourists from the top of the canyon to the peninsula below, in the middle of Blyde Lake (Happy Lake). The cable car will offer spectacular views over and around the Blyde River Canyon.
Blyde River Hydro Power Project
- On the basis that Mpumalanga is an attractive Green Energy investment destination, MEGA’s plan for the Blyde River Hydro Power Project involves the re-engineering and re-establishment of an existing hydro-electric power plant.
- The project will include the design, engineering and commissioning of a new hydro-power station to generate renewable green energy for surrounding tourism attractions and adjacent communities. The green power generated will also enhance local economic development and biodiversity conservation, while contributing to climate change mitigation.
God’s Window Skywalk Project
- God’s Window is a famous lookout point, 700 metres high, from which visitors can view the Drakensburg (Dragon Mountains) escarpment in Mpumalanga. The location provides magnificent scenes of canyons, rock formations, waterfalls and a vista of the lush jungles of the Mpumalanga Lowveld.
- MEGA’s vision for the God’s Window Skywalk is a commercial, income-generating walkway and viewing deck, modelled on the Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona, USA. (This Skywalk, a transparent, horseshoe-shaped cantilevered bridge, has become a major tourist attraction.)
Bourke’s Luck Hotel & Restaurant
- The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are a natural water wonder, marking the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon – itself a major South African tourism attraction.
- This project presents an investment opportunity in the form of a 5-star hotel and a top-quality restaurant, located at the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. There is a high demand for upmarket accommodation and hospitality in the region, which welcomes upwards of one million tourists annually.