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Blyde River Canyon

“Explore the largest ‘Green Canyon’ in the world”

Blyde River Canyon is both one of the world’s largest canyons and one of South Africa’s most outstanding natural sights. The canyon’s scale and beauty make a trip here a memorable experience. Epic rock formations tower above the forested slopes and eagle-eye views abound at the dramatic meeting of the Drakensberg Escarpment and the lowveld. Go on a self drive or book a guided trip to explore the famous Panorama Route and visit the must see attractions.

Self drive

Exploring the Panorama Route, as the scenic drive around the outer rim of the Blyde River Canyon is known as one of the highlights of a trip to South Africa. The route commences in a town called Sabie and ends at the Erasmus Pass, also known as Lowveld area. The route portrays a diversity of South African landscapes from the bush to the extraordinary and impressive mountain ranges. There are a number of scenic vantage points and famous landmarks to take in such as Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and several must see Waterfall stops. You’ll find a map in the villa with some tips for your day trip. 


Guided tour

Enjoy this amazing ‘must do’ day trip to the Blyde River Canyon. You will be picked up from the villa by our professional partner. During your trip, you will be accompanied by a professional guide who will bring you to the most breathtaking sites and viewing points on the famous Panorama Route, such as Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and some beautiful Waterfall stops. A lunch stop will be made in Graskop town at your own expense. You will be dropped off at the villa at the end of the trip.

Blyde Dam Boat Trip

Enjoy the Blyde River Canyon on a 90 minute guided tour and receive a unique view from the water. A tour guide will take you to the rare Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondavels. The stunning views will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. At 200m (around 660 feet) in height it is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. The dam and surrounds is home to a range of wildlife species such as kudu and duiker, as well as leopard and other small carnivores. The dam itself is home to hippo’s, crocodiles and fish eagles which you may be lucky enough to spot on the leisurely 90-minute boat trip.

You can book this tour here : https://blydecanyon.co.za/boat-trips

Walks

You can also explore the Blyde River Canyon from another perspective when you go for a hike on one of the many trails. We would suggest doing the Peninsula trail at Swadini Nature Reserve which is close to Hoedspruit town. This is a 2.3-km loop trail. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 hour to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. More experienced hikers would want to do the Hippo Trail hike at Swadini Nature Reserve which offers incredible views of Blyde River Dam, the possibility to see hippos, see the “back” of the Three Rondavels, and plenty of birdwatching. It’s a 14km out-and-back trail which takes about 8+/- hours (depending on how long you hike).

A walk to the Blyde Dam Wall is also very nice to experience, especially during summer after the rains.

Waterfalls

While you are enjoying the most stunning scenic views of Blyde River Canyon. We would suggest visiting some of the beautiful waterfalls along the panorama route. Our favorite spots are:

Lisbon Falls: The highest waterfall of the Panorama Route is the Lisbon falls. It is a 94 meter high waterfall,  surrounded by lush greenery and towering cliffs. Admire the beauty of the waterfall from various viewpoints at the top.

Berlin Falls: It takes its name from gold rush miners from Europe that named each waterfall in the region after their home towns or places. This 80 meter high waterfall is surrounded by lush plants and tall cliffs, creating a beautiful display.

Lone Creek Falls: This is a 70 meter high waterfall, surrounded by green plants and rocks covered in moss. After walking along a short, winding path, you come to a small bridge from where you can admire the waterfall up close and really feel the power of the plunging water.


Lunch with a view

We discovered a real gem on our own self drive. We arrived in Graskop and were looking for a nice place to have lunch. We searched on Google Maps and finally we arrived at Divine Foods at The View. We absolutely love the view on the Lowveld from the terrace. The staff is really friendly with good service and the menu is great with lots of delicious items to choose from. We would advise you to make a reservation upon arrival. Check the website for the menu and contact number: https://www.divinefoods-graskop.com/