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  • Address: Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon is the third largest in the world and second deepest in Africa. Known as the “River of Joy”, its towering cliffs rise nearly 800 meters above the winding valley, providing backpackers and day hikers with epic views of the Drakensberg Mountain Range and the lush natural forests that make a trek through Blyde breathtakingly scenic.

Lucky visitors to the canyon may spot a pair of Taita Flacons—one of the most rare bird species in the world—near the Abel Erasmus Pass. Travelers can also get up close to some of South Africa’s other natural rarities too, like Three Rondavels viewpoint, where massive rocks spiral out of canyon walls. Hundreds of years of flowing waters have created Bourke’s Luck Potholes, natural rock sculptures that are recognized as one of the country’s most memorable geological formations.

A helpful information center is located near the mouth of the canyon, where man-made dams have crated placid pools perfect for swimming. Visitors can venture towards Blydesrivierpoort (near Swandini) and travel by boat across the dam to the scenic Tufa Waterfalls. Miles of well-marked trails make Blyde River Canyon a true hiker’s destination, but a wealth of canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling excursions mean there’s also plenty to occupy adventurers.

Practical Info

Blyde River Canyon is part of the Panorama route, and is accessible from the western end of Kruger National Park. Travel is at its pique between June and August, but a visit to Blyde River Canyon is beautiful any time of year.

Tours & Tickets

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Full-Day Blyde Dam Cruise and Moholoholo tour from Hazyview

A scenic boat cruise around the Blyde Dam followed by a visit to Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre!

Location: Hazyview, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.51

Full-Day Blyde River Canyon Panorama Tour

Come along and bring your camera on this exciting journey through the Mpumalanga province on arguably one of South Africa's most traveled roads the famous ...  Read more

Location: Hoedspruit, South Africa
Duration: Flexible

From USD $69.22

Mpumalanga Nature Tour Along Blyde River Canyon

This panoramic tour of Mpumalanga brings you up-close-and-personal to South Africa’s stunning natural beauty. With your expert guide, travel along the ...  Read more

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.91

One Night Leopard Tour of Kruger National Park from Nelspruit

Two day, one night tour.Visiting world famous Kruger,sleeping in Kruger and visiting third largest canyon in the world.

Location: Nelspruit, South Africa
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $284.07

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