Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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The 33 km long spectacular gorge has an abundance of wildlife.
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AFD22
Algonac, MI147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We took a boat tour of the canyon and it was just amazing. Our guide was very knowledgable of the area and the animals in the area. This was a highlight of the trip and gave a great perspective after driving the upper area the day before.

Do not miss doing this as part of your trip as it will be a highlight for you.
Written 16 July 2021
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Saras Moodley
Johannesburg, South Africa128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
I was suitable impressed that the place was so neatly maintained. It is certainly something special to visit in South Africa.
I do hope that the tourist industry ensure that the toilets whilst clean in COVID conditions is upgraded.
The payment into the nature reserve is suitable proced
Written 26 December 2021
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Heather P
Preston, United Kingdom4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great location .
Dreadful accommodation.
Tired and dowdy furnishings.
Very uncomfortable bed, bottom sheet didn’t fit the bed , mattress looked ancient. Couldn’t hang clothes in the inbuilt wooden wardrobe as it smelt of mould. Needs a total makeover.
Written 25 March 2024
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Emmanuel A
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Blyde River canyon is a wonderful place to visit. It's full of nature and an amazing scenery. You will never regret visiting such a natural wonder of the world in South Africa. South Africa has a beautiful landscapes..
Written 9 October 2023
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JenBauer
Hartbeespoort, South Africa132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We took a boat trip in the Blyde River Canyon. Was neat & they were all about safety. Guide was knowledgeable and had interesting info regarding habitat. River was dry and we couldn't go all around, praying for rain 🙌. But still saw plenty animals
Written 19 January 2020
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K72
Melbourne, Australia3,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Absolutely stunning landscapes and scenery here- the canyon is apparently the 3rd largest in the world. Lots to do and see, many stopping points.
Even just driving in the area is incredible.
River cruise is worth doing for an up close look!
Written 18 January 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
We visited Blyde River Canyon again this summer on both ends of our trip to Kruger National Park. This is is just a fantastic place to spend some time and the Panorama Route (self-drive) day trip is a wonderful way to visit this part of South Africa.

Unfortunately, viewing conditions were quite poor for us on one end of our trip this year due to a significant number of fires burning in the area, creating a rather thick haze which obstructed viewing conditions quite noticeably. This made us feel very bad for the visitors only able to visit this part of the world once, as they were not able to see the majestic views, particularly at the Three Roundavels stop. Never the less, this area and the surrounding attractions are just great, well worth investing at least one day during any trip to South Africa and the Kruger area. You can easily stop in the Blyde River Canyon area and do the Panorama Route drive either before or after your trip to KNP.

After a few trips in this area over the years, we've come up with a visitation plan that might be of use to those eager to self-drive in the Blyde River Canyon area. See below:

For a 1/2 Day Self-drive trip (starting in Graskop)
1.) The Pinnacle
2.) God's Window
3.) Bourke's Luck Potholes
4.) Three Roundavels (return to Graskop)

For a 3/4 Day self-drive trip (starting in Graskop)
1.) The Pinnacle
2.) God's Window
3.) Lisbon Falls
4.) Berlin Falls
5.) Bourke's Luck Potholes
6.) Three Roundavels (return to Graskop)
7.) Afternoon meal at Harrie's Pancake.

For a Full Day self-drive (starting in Graskop)
1.) The Pinnacle
2.) God's Window
3.) Lisbon Falls
4.) Berlin Falls
5.) Bourke's Luck Potholes
6.) Three Roundavels (return to Graskop)
7.) Afternoon meal at Harrie's Pancake.
8.) Drive out to Pilgrim's Rest (return to Graskop

For a Full Day self-drive (starting in Sabie)
1.) Mac Mac Falls (then to Graskop)
2.) Drive west to Pilgrim's Rest (return to Graskop)
3.) Harrie's Pancakes (Graskop) - Lunch
4.) The Pinnacle
5.) God's Window
6.) Lisbon Falls
7.) Berlin Falls
8.) Bourke's Luck Potholes
9.) Three Roundavels (return to Graskop, Sabie, Hazyview or other starting point).

For a Full Day self-drive (Ending your trip in Hoedspruit area)
See driving route C (steps 1-9) but instead of returning to Graskop, you can continue through the Abel Erasmus Pass and continue to Hoedspruit.

There are an infinite number of ways to drive in the Blyde River Canyon area (and Waterfall Route) during your stay in this part of South Africa. The above suggestions are just driving suggestions only and don't factor in time for activities that are also available around Blyde River Canyon. Spending additional time, taking in the Panorama Route, more leisurely, over 2+ days is also an option.
Written 22 August 2012
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Couples
Most people come to this part of South Africa to visit the world famous Kruger National Park, many not allowing time to visit the excellent Blyde River Canyon area and its attractions.

We spent almost a week in Sabie in 2004 using it as a base to explore different areas of Blyde River Canyon, doing activities (hiking, tubing, spelunking, etc.) We returned two weeks ago, June 2011, just to complete the Panorama driving route and wish we had more time to repeat some of our experiences from 7 years ago.

Blyde River Canyon has many places to stop and enjoy yourself. There are very nice view points, great hiking and other activities you can do around the area. There are a couple of nice small towns (Graskop and Sabie) very close by which can serve as a good base for exploring this area for a few days. Or you can make a 1 day driving trip around the Canyon area on the panorama route, stopping at the best spots along the way.

We recommend the following stops for the panorama drive (not in this particular order for driving)

1.) Three Roundavels (famous canyon & BlydePoort Dam photos)
2.) Bourke's Luck Potholes (great views and some nice hiking)
3.) God's Window and Pinnacle (nice photo stops)
4.) Abel Erasmus Pass (very nice view of the Drakensburg range)
5.) Waterfalls (MacMac and Berlin - favorites) - south towards Sabie

You can do rafting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, caving, tubing, spelunking and a host of other activities in this area so its well worth 2-4 days if you like adventurous activities.

If you are short on time then we recommend at least making the panorama driving trip around the Blyde River Canyon in route to/from your Kruger NP destination. It makes for some fantastic landscape and scenery photos. You'll be plenty pleased to have invested at least 1 day of your South Africa trip to the Blyde River Canyon area.
Written 26 June 2011
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Edoardo G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Before planning this hiking trip we were very confused on how to find blyde river canyon/where to go exactly. Here’s the thing, very easy. Go to the reception at blyde river canyon Forever resort and they will give you a map of 4 trails, ranging from 1 to 4 hours each. You pay 50 ZAR for entry here. We did the leopard trail, which gives incredible views of the 3 rondavels and blyde river dam. The guinea fowl trail brings you down to the river where you can swim and see waterfalls. They tell you that the leopard trail is not a circle, but if you connect it with the guinea fowl trail, at some point you’ll find a trail going uphill on the right that reconnects you to the start (and you don’t have to walk back the same way). At times, it’s good to leave the trail for few meters, to enjoy better views of the river.
Written 15 June 2018
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Sue Maree-Meyer
Johannesburg, South Africa121 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
We had a small break-away last weekend (FULL rain all weekend, area so beautiful) BUT every fall/attraction we tried to enter had a different price, either per car or per person, ranging from R5 per car to R50 per person, we were 7 adults and there are a lot of attractions (natural sites!!!) I'm sure it is just made up?!? Last time we visited, there was NO charge, you just parked and walked to see everything! My dad is paralyzed and they still insisted he pays?!? He cannot walk to any of the falls but still asking for payment? How does this make sense? Don't waste your time! Pay to see natural attractions, does not seem very fair! Take drives to "View Points" which is free and you will still see amazing views/streams/dams/mountains to take your memorable pictures!
Written 12 January 2017
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