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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Blyde River Canyon, Hoedspruit

The Basics

One of the top attractions in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province, the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve offers stunning views and lots of outdoor activities. To see the park’s most popular vistas, take a tour of the Panorama Route, which offers views of the Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and other scenic vistas.

Alternatively, you can see the canyon from the water on a boat tour along the Blyde River. Traveling by water offers different views of the park’s landmarks and gives you a chance to spot hippos, crocodiles, and rare birds. You can also visit the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve on multi-day tours that include other classic South Africa experiences, such as a safari in the nearby Kruger National Park.

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Full-Day Blyde River Canyon Tour from Nelspruit, Whiteriver or Hazyview
Full-Day Blyde River Canyon Tour from Nelspruit, Whiteriver or Hazyview
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US$ 91.85 per adult
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Our guide was SUPERB, we started out...
Our guide was SUPERB, we started out being locked in at our B and B and he helped us scale the wall to get out. Above and beyond !!!! After all that, he kept the fun and information going for the rest of the day sharing this beautiful tour with us. I love Nelspruit and Hazyview it is such a beautiful slice of heave.
Karen G, Sep 2017

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There are lodges located near the park for guests who want to spend some time in the region. Most offer a variety of tours.

  • Some trails and overlooks are wheelchair accessible, but much of the reserve is not.

  • Bring sturdy shoes and a camera—hiking and photography opportunities abound.

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How to Get There

The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is located near Kruger National Park and is a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg. The closest city to the reserve is Nelspruit, which is only a 50-minute flight from Johannesburg and about a 1.5-hour drive from the reserve.

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When to Get There

For the best views, visit during South Africa’s dry winter months (May–August), when vegetation is not as thick as it is in summer. The dry season increases your chances of spotting wildlife when they gather at water holes.

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Top Hiking Trails in Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is laced with trails, which range in length and can accommodate everything from short strolls to multi-day treks. For one of the best views in the park, take the Leopard Trail (which starts at the Blyde Canyon Forever Resort) to the viewpoint that overlooks the canyon and the Three Rondavels formations. Serious hikers can traverse the reserve on a three- to five-day trek along the Blyde River Canyon Hiking Trail.

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