Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde Canyon, The third largest canyon in the world, is characterised by towering mountains, deep ravines, green valleys, fast-flowing rivers and an abundance of wildlife, including The Big Five.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most notable features of the canyon include eep sandstone ravines, high cliffs, spectacular rock formations, wooded valleys and fast-flowing streams and rivers. In many parts the skyline is dominated by towering mountaintops that are often shrouded in mist in the mornings. Spectacular views may be experienced from “God’s Window”.

The international status of Hoedspruit Airport makes the area only an hour away by plane from Johannesburg International Airport and forty minutes drive away from the Kruger National Park.

Visit Blyde for a weekend break, a full-fledged adventure holiday or on your way to the Kruger National Park.

Experience the excitement of Africa and the spectacular beauty of the canyon on a self-drive holiday.

Mountain High Helicopter Flight

This is an exhilarating one-hour flight that swoops over deep and mysterious gorges, through lush valleys bursting with vegetation and colour. The Jetranger will linger above roaring rivers and cascading waterfalls, allowing for spectacular photographic opportunities.

The flight will continue along the escarpment to God’s Window, which offers awesome panoramic views of the bushveld below and on to the fascinating and dramatic rock formations of the Blyde River Canyon (the third deepest Canyon in the World).

You will have a bird’s eye view of the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

God’s Window

This is the spot where everyone takes their shots. Serious shutterbugs will be reaching for their polarising filters and best wide angle lens.

Choose a clear day and you can see all the way to the Kruger National Park and Mozambique. Glance towards the east and you’ll see the Three Sisters, also known as the Three Rondawels. Just two kilometres north is Wonder View, the highest viewpoint in the region.

Spend some time here and soak up the spectacular panoramic Lowveld landscape from God’s Window in the lush Blyde River Canyon. The largest vegetated canyon in the world, Blyde is third in size only to the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon.

This beautifully green paradise has numerous plant and animal species and is a major core of endemism. And it’s also the place where Africa split from Madagascar and Antarctica during the break-up of the Gondwanaland millions of years ago.

Bourkes Luck Potholes

The impressive rock features of Bourke’s Luck Potholes marks the start of the extraordinarily scenic Blyde River Canyon and is one of the tick-offs on the well-beaten path of the Panorama Route.

The giant potholes have been carved over centuries by pebbles swirling around in poolswhere the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River. Bourke’s Luck had nothing to do with the potholes but rather a lucky strike in this gold-rich area.

Not far off is the main tourist viewpoint, God’s Window. Graskop is the closest town to the canyon if you are planning to stop over and spend quality time rather than grabbing fleeting glimpses through a tour bus window of this stunning region.

 

How to get here?

For more guidance, do visit: http://wikitravel.org/en/Blyde_River_Canyon