Blyde River Canyon

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Blyde River Canyon Travel Guide

Situated along the Mpumalanga Drakensberg escarpment, the reserve covers a large area extending from the Pinnacle and Gods Window in the south to beyond the mighty Marieps Kop in the north, and ending at Swadini. The reserve is administered by the Mpumalanga Parks Board and is known primarily for the outstanding natural beauty of the canyon as well as the numerous endemic and endangered fauna and flora species present.

The reserve encompasses the famous Blyde River Canyon, the third largest 'green canyon' that has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the globe. The canyon is 50 kilometres in length and is around 800 metres deep. The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 1 944 metres above sea level while its lowest point where the river leaves the canyon is slightly less than 560 metres above sea level.

Other highlights of the reserve include beautiful panoramic views and scenic waterfalls. Visitors can enjoy hiking, horse riding, white water rafting, kloofing, hot-air ballooning, fly fishing, biking and boat trips on the Blyde Dam.

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Accommodation near Blyde River Canyon

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

Forever Resort Blyde Canyon
from R1,080
1 night, 2 adults

Forever Resort Blyde Canyon

Sleeps 272 Graskop Self-catering in Graskop
4.36km from Blyde River Canyon

As the name suggests, Forever Resort Blyde Canyon is situated within the Blyde River Nature Reserve ...

from R1,500
1 night, 2 adults

Blyde River Canyon Lodge

Sleeps 20 Hoedspruit Bed and Breakfast in Hoedspruit
6.67km from Blyde River Canyon

Nestled between the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and the sparkling clear waters of the Blyde River...

from R720
1 night, 2 adults

Moholoholo Ya Mati

Sleeps 34 Hoedspruit Lodge in Hoedspruit
6.74km from Blyde River Canyon

Moholoholo Ya Mati is situated on the banks of the Blyde River, just off the R531. It is hidden und...

from R990
1 night, 2 adults

Amafu Forest Lodge

Sleeps 24 Kampersrus Self-catering in Kampersrus
9.90km from Blyde River Canyon

Amafu Forest Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore the world-renowned natural beauty of Li...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Cosy Cottage

Sleeps 5 Kampersrus Self-catering in Kampersrus
10.27km from Blyde River Canyon

The Cosy Cottage lies in a beautiful garden in a quiet and peaceful environment in Kampersrus.

from R3,530
1 night, 2 adults

Moholoholo Forest Camp

Sleeps 20 Kampersrus Lodge in Kampersrus
10.40km from Blyde River Canyon

Moholoholo nestles on the slopes of the 1944-metre-high Mariepskop, one of the highest peaks of the ...

from R520
1 night, 2 adults

Kwa Thabeng Bush Camp

Sleeps 6 Hoedspruit Self-catering in Hoedspruit
10.59km from Blyde River Canyon

Kwa Thabeng means 'at the mountain' in Sotho, as it lies at the foot of the majestic Drakensberg esc...

from R730
1 night, 2 adults

Jolyne B&B Guesthouse

Sleeps 6 Kampersrus Bed and Breakfast in Kampersrus
11.45km from Blyde River Canyon

We have five rooms, all of which have air-conditioning and roof fans. We cater for bed and breakfast...

from R560
1 night, 2 adults

Moholoholo Mountain View

Sleeps 34 Hoedspruit Bed and Breakfast in Hoedspruit
12.29km from Blyde River Canyon

Moholoholo Mountain View is just one of the many venues of the Moholoholo Private Game Reserve and t...

from R180
1 night, 2 adults

Mariepskop View Chalets

Sleeps 45 Moholoholo Lodge in Moholoholo
13.01km from Blyde River Canyon

Mariepskop View Chalets is a self-catering lodge situated on the foothills of the northern Drakensbe...

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