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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

#3 of 107 things to do in Mpumalanga Features Animals
South Africa
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Full-Day Blyde Dam Cruise and Moholoholo tour from Hazyview
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Full-Day Blyde River Canyon Tour from Nelspruit, Whiteriver or Hazyview
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Full-Day Panorama and Blyde River Canyon Guided Tour from Nelspruit
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“amazing view, hippos, crocs and cormerant nests”
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“Fantastic place to visit”
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Reviewed yesterday

drfiting along the river on the baot is a peaceful way to sopend a few hours. Make sure you get a seat near the front if you can, as altho it's permitted to walk about it'ss very hard to hear what the guide tells you...More

Thank Neese12
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have spent 3 days in the area and found it not to be long enough. A good excuse to come back! All the natural wonders are amazing to see and we've encountered many friendly and helpful people along the way. For this time of...More

Thank PaulR142014
Reviewed 2 days ago

Breathtakingly beautiful reserve of red sandstone mountains, gorges and grasslands. The canyon is the world's third biggest and greenest canyon. This is when the physical beauty of South Africa strikes you!

Thank Tess V
Reviewed 4 days ago

Even during a cloudy/rainy day, it was nice to see the potholes, differents falls and finally, we discover the end of the canyon during sunset - marvellous!

Thank J D
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped at this natural beauty on our way back from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg. Great place to take a break and admire this incredible place.

Thank dialronet
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Pinnacle, devils window, Potholes and the Canyon lookout. Potholes was definitely worth a look as was the canyon lookout but pinnacle and devils window were a bit meh. Some of the sights were not well signed and the roads were full of...More

Thank patriciadrew28
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the 3rd LARGEST canyon and the 1st LARGEST forest canyon this is one of the worlds most beautiful destinations. If you're just gonna take a pic or stop for a picnic you won't be sorry!

Thank Samantha M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Blyde River Canyon is classed as four stars. I would say this rating should be higher for the location and walks etc as its absolutely stunning. The accomodation however, we thought was disappointing and would rate 3 stars.... why you may ask.....I have never been...More

Thank Carole H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The landscape and wonders of nature are undoubtfully beautiful and worth seeing. As soon as you want to explore more then the “mainstream” you are on your own. After paying entrance fee to the Nature Reserve we intended to do the “Belvedere Day Walk”. At...More

Thank JNinSA
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Save a day from your trip to rent a car and drive along the scenic roads and stopping by at breathtaking viewpoints in the Panorama Route. You won't regret it!

Thank Diogo V
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Courtney F
Hi, How many km is the Leopard trail and how long did it take you :) Kind regards, Courtney
20 December 2016|
Response from Mariette M | Reviewed this property |
The Leopard Trail combines some of the best sights in the Panorama region into one. Take in majestic views of the Three Rondavels, the Blyde River and Dam, as well as Mariepskop. The trail is a four hour hike and only those... More
Hi, we will have one day starting from the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, Sabie River just west of Skukuza, to do a self-drive of the Blyde River Canyon and the Panorama Route, ending that day in Nelspruit. When I type Blyde River Canyon into Google Maps, it brings up a location in the Blyde River Nature Reserve that involves driving North on the R40 then west along a local road, this takes over 2 hours and is 116km from the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, the problem is that you then have to back track on the same route to get to the various sights you mention and although the location is closer to Leroro-A on the R352, it is not possible to access from there. Should I disregard this location and just stick to the ones you list? Thank you, Kev.
26 March 2016|
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Colin D
We are spending two nights in the Blyde River Canyon area......yet to confirm where. How should we allocate time? A thought is: afternoon day of arrival having a 10 Km hike in the canyon and the full next day looking down into the canyon along the panarama route. Does this sound like a feasible plan? Where should we stay to have best access and minimise travel time? Thanks
16 March 2016|
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