South Africa's first skywalk will be a doozy

This month, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency unveiled the God's Window Skywalk project at the Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve in South Africa. The project, which will be completed in 2023 by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, will offer visitors a new way to see one of South Africa’s most iconic views.
God's Window is located along Mpumalanga's Panorama Route and offers breathtaking views that stretch all the way up to Mozambique on a clear morning. To give you a 360-degree panorama view, the new skywalk will be a glass walkway suspended from the edge of the cliff. The walkway will extend approximately 40 feet from the edge of the cliff, and it will be 16 feet wide.

Skywalk is a landmark attraction that will be seen worldwide. It features a skywalk, skybridge, sky swing, zero gravity room, and other activities. A large portion of the activities will be managed by local youths.

Motsamayi Tourism Group CEO Jerry Mabena said, "As global vaccination rates rise and Covid-19 becomes easier to manage, we fully expect local, international visitor numbers at South Africa’s tourism hot spots, to pick up." We applaud Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency's vision to create one of the most iconic tourist destinations in South Africa and we look forward to our part in making God's Window a world-class destination. We want to see this project as an instrument for restoring the area to its former status as a top-notch tourism destination. This project will stimulate the area, create jobs and support other attractions.

Mabena stated that the Blyde River region draws nearly one million people annually. Projects such as the skywalk can help increase these numbers and encourage people who live in the area to stay longer. This will lead to increased visitor spending in the region, as well as exposing people to some of South Africa's most beautiful places. It will be the first skywalk of this type in South Africa and one of very few that have been constructed around the globe.

The God's Window Skywalk has a drop of nearly 3,000 feet. It will be higher than the Grand Canyon Skywalk at 500 to 800 feet and the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, China at over 900 feet.

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