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  • Address: Blyde River Canyon, Hoedspruit, South Africa
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.

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Full-Day Panorama Route Tour from Hazyview, Kruger National Park, null
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Full-Day Panorama Route Tour from Hazyview

The Panorama tour offers a kaleidoscope of breathtaking scenery, natural beauty and African diversity.

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

From USD $102.06
Full-Day Blyde Dam Cruise and Moholoholo tour from Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Day Trips
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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 $69.17
Full-Day Blyde River Canyon Tour from Nelspruit, Whiteriver or Hazyview, Kruger National Park, ... 
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Full-Day Blyde River Canyon Tour from Nelspruit, Whiteriver or Hazyview

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Explore Blyde River Canyon, the third deepest canyon in the world (after the Grand Canyon in the western U.S. and Namibia’s Fish Eagle Canyon), on this ...  Read more

Location: Graskop, South Africa
Duration: Flexible

From USD $86.94
Full-Day Panorama and Blyde River Canyon Guided Tour from Nelspruit, Kruger National Park, Day Trips
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Full-Day Panorama and Blyde River Canyon Guided Tour from Nelspruit

During this tour you will visit the Small Drakensberg range viewing God’s window, Lisbon falls, Bourke’s Luck potholes as well as the Blyde river canyon. You ...  Read more

Location: Nelspruit, South Africa
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.74
Panaroma Route Guided Day Tour from Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Day Trips
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Panaroma Route Guided Day Tour from Hazyview

A full day tour of the Panorama sites, including River Canyon, God’s Window, Wonderview, the Three Rondawels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Berlin Falls and Lisbon ...  Read more

Location: Hazyview, South Africa
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.90
Full-Day Panorama Tour from Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Day Trips
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Full-Day Panorama Tour from Hazyview

The mountainous escarpment of Mpumalanga provides us with stunning views of the Lowveld. This wonderful full day tour includes sights such as God’s ...  Read more

Location: Hazyview, South Africa
Duration: Flexible

From USD $62.75
Panorama Route Private Day Tour from Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Day Trips
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Panorama Route Private Day Tour from Hazyview

The mountainous escarpment of Mpumalanga provides us with stunning views of the Lowveld and this day tour offers excellent opportunity to see some of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $168.06
Half Day Panorama Tour from Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half Day Panorama Tour from Hazyview

For those with limited time, this tour offers guests the opportunity to experience the highlights of the Panorama Route including Graskop, God’s Window, Lisbon ...  Read more

Location: Hazyview, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.92

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