Blyde River Canyon

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Mpumalanga - Limpopo which includes a gorge or canyon, general coastal views and landscape views

Drive or hike through one of the largest canyons in the world. View stunning geological formations and take part in thrilling outdoor pursuits.

Mountains, cliffs and fascinating flora and fauna characterize the Blyde River Canyon, an enormous gorge in Mpumalanga. The 16-mile (26-kilometer) gorge is more than 2,625 feet (800 meters) deep and attracts sightseers and adventurers with hiking trails, whitewater rafting and stunning views.

Take one of the many hiking routes through the area. Stop off at vantage points to admire some of the natural wonder’s most notable sights. They include the Pinnacle, a giant red rock formation and the Three Rodavels, rounded mountain tops that resemble traditional African homes.

Go to the Kadishi waterfall, a large cascade with a 660-feet (200-meter) drop. Discover the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, large cylindrical pools in yellow dolomite rock created by centuries of water erosion. Their name comes from a gold prospector who hoped to strike it rich here, but was unsuccessful.

If you don’t want to explore on two feet, drive your rental car along the Panorama Route, the long scenic road that winds its way along the top of the canyon.

Wildlife lovers have much to be excited about with a visit to Blyde River Canyon. In the wetlands areas, see hippos, crocodiles and otters. Other animals to look out for are the rare bald ibis, baboons and vervet and samango monkeys.

If you are an adventure seeker, make your way to the Blyde Canyon Adventure Center. They organize numerous outdoor activities, including abseiling, boat trips and rafting along the Olifants River. You can also book hot air balloon and micro light flights over the canyon.

Blyde River Canyon is 125 miles (201.2 kilometers) north of Mpumalanga’s center. Rent a car for the 3-hour scenic car journey. If you decide to stay overnight, you will find many accommodation choices in and around the canyon, including hotels in the village of Graskop and the towns of Sabie and Nelspruit. Alternatively, spend the night in a tent in one of the canyon’s campsites.

Top Hotels Close to Blyde River Canyon

Swadini A Forever Resort
Swadini A Forever Resort
3 out of 5
R531 Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve, Matibidi, Mpumalanga
The price is $47 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
This family-friendly Matibidi resort is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Motlatse Canyon Provincial Nature Reserve and Blyderivierspoort Hiking ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (30 reviews)
Swadini Forever Resort delivers over 100%
"From the reception to the rooms nothing was below standard. That was the best experience ever,best service,cleanliness and the most delicious food. Efficiency just to name a few,but that was my best family holiday destination... keep up the great work💞💞💞💞"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Swadini A Forever Resort
Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort
Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort
3.5 out of 5
R532 to Graskop, Matibidi, Mpumalanga
The price is $76 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Matibidi aparthotel is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Motlatse Canyon Provincial Nature Reserve and Blyde River Canyon. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (136 reviews)
"Perfect location but the chalet we stayed in was too small..not sure if all chalets are the same..many items in the chalet were either broken or not working."

Reviewed on Dec 25, 2020

Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort
Blyde River Canyon Lodge
Blyde River Canyon Lodge
4 out of 5
Blyde River Botanical Reserve, Blyde River Canyon, Hoedspruit, Limpopo
The price is $102 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Situated in Hoedspruit, this lodge is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Motlatse Canyon Provincial Nature Reserve and within 6 mi (10 km) of Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (72 reviews)
Charming quaint stay!
"It was a beautiful charming place with wonderful food. We had a delicious breakfast and we were delighted to have the zebras stop by for a morning snack!"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

Blyde River Canyon Lodge
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Best Lodging Options Near Blyde River Canyon

Swadini A Forever Resort
Swadini A Forever Resort
3 out of 5
R531 Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve, Matibidi, Mpumalanga
The price is $47 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Swadini A Forever Resort
Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort
Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort
3.5 out of 5
R532 to Graskop, Matibidi, Mpumalanga
The price is $76 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort
Blyde River Canyon Lodge
Blyde River Canyon Lodge
4 out of 5
Blyde River Botanical Reserve, Blyde River Canyon, Hoedspruit, Limpopo
The price is $102 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Blyde River Canyon Lodge
umVangati House
umVangati House
4.5 out of 5
Swadini Road (D2189), Blyde River Canyon, Hoedspruit, Limpopo
The price is $292 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
umVangati House
Blyde Canyon House
Blyde Canyon House
3 out of 5
Swadini Rd, Jonkmanspruit Road, Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Blyde Canyon House
Blyde Canyon House
Blyde Canyon House
2.5 out of 5
Swadini Rd Jonkmanspruit Road, Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Blyde Canyon House
Amafu Forest Lodge
Amafu Forest Lodge
4 out of 5
Mare Street, Kampersrus, Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Amafu Forest Lodge
Ukuthula Cottages, Luxury bed in the Bush
Ukuthula Cottages, Luxury bed in the Bush
Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Ukuthula Cottages, Luxury bed in the Bush
LittleBush Private Lodge
LittleBush Private Lodge
3 out of 5
Boekenhout Avenue, Hoedspruit, Limpopo
The price is $71 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
LittleBush Private Lodge
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