Blyde River Canyon Tour offers magnificent landscapes and scenic landmarks. Experience the natural wonders of one of the largest canyons in the world.
|Type||Guided drive and hike|
|Location||Blyde River Nature Reserve, South Africa|
|Group size||2 or more|
|Duration||4 nights / 5 days|
|Day Stages||Scenic drives and short hikes|
|Terrain||Tracks and trails|
|Accommodation||3/4 star lodges|
|Cost||From R26 250 per person (2019)|
Scenic drives and walks in the Blyde River Nature Reserve and the Panorama route.
The Kruger Lowveld area
The Blyde River Canyon is in the Kruger Lowveld. It is a region of superlatives. From the Great Escarpment’s scented forests and tumbling waterfalls, to the majestic Blyde River Canyon with its endless vistas over the Lowveld; from the southern reaches of the Kruger National Park, where it abuts the rolling cane fields of the Onderberg, to Barberton, in the lea of some of the world’s oldest mountains and the memories of the thrilling Gold Rush that once took place here.
Blyde River Canyon
The Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world (now renamed Molatse River Canyon). It is within the Blyde River Nature Reserve. The 29 000 hectare Blyde River Nature Reserve rests against the Greater Drakensberg escarpment and preserves not only the canyon but other natural wonders of Mpumalanga. The beautiful Panorama route offers magnificent landscapes and scenic landmarks like Three Rondawels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Lisbon Falls, Wonder View, God's Window and the Pinnacle.
Animals exposed, fabulous photos, wild walks and bright-plumed birds. South Africa is globally renowned for its phenomenal game viewing and sound conservation ethics.
The Kruger Lowveld region has some of the most diverse habitats in South Africa and boasts an impressive bird list of close to 600 species. Birdwatchers will be able to get a closer look at interesting bird species eg: Trumpeter Hornbills, Narina Trogon, Crowned Eagle, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Finfoot.
Stay in some of the area's finest lodges.
Culture and history
The Kruger Lowveld is also a place of historical and cultural significance. Iron Age trade routes and African traditions reach back across many centuries. Gold rushes at Pilgrim's Rest and Barberton were precursors to the discovery of gold in Johannesburg. Steeped in the history of traditional cultures, pioneers and fortune seekers, visitors will encounter a contemporary Lowveld culture with a wealth of stories that inspire the senses and connect them to the land and its people.
Arrival and transfer to lodge (lunch not included), book-in time 14:00
The Panorama Route: you will be picked up after breakfast and enjoy a scenic drive upwards through the mountains towards the escarpment from where panoramic views of the Blyde River Canyon will greet you. You will visit the “Potholes”, God’s Window and Berlin Falls along the way then break for lunch in the small town of Graskop before returning to the lodge. Short hikes of 1-2 km at each stop along the route.
Today’s trip will take us on an early 4 km walk to a waterfall in the Swadini Valley before taking a 2 hour boat trip on the dam which covers the base of the Blyde Canyon. We will discover Tufa waterfall and see some hippos and maybe a crocodile or two. Lunch will be at Moholoholo-ya-mati on the Blyde River.
We will start off mid-morning to pay a visit to a special animal rehabilitation centre ( Moholoholo) where you can interact with large birds of prey, cheetahs, vultures and whichever orphaned baby animal that are in their care (hippo, rhino, giraffe or zebra). After lunch at the Baobab Restaurant we will pay a visit to the world renowned Hippo called Jessica. You can feed, touch and even give this wild Hippo a massage with your feet. Self-guided walk from your lodge.
Transfer to Mariepskop, 2000 m above sea level for a 5 km circle route hike and panoramic Blyde Canyon views
You will be accommodated in a private lodges such as:
Rates are quoted per person for two people sharing and are subject to change without prior notice. Rates include government taxes, where applicable.
If taxes increase, we reserve the right to increase the rate accordingly.
Accommodation in twin rooms, all meals, guide and guiding fees, all-day transfers between pickup and drop-off, entrance fees to reserves and attractions.
Items not mentioned above, eg : Transport to and from Johannesburg or Nelspruit or Hoedspruit, medical and travel insurance, drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Overall rating: "Easy". You do not need to be ultra-fit but if you choose to do the walks you should be able to walk between 10 and 20 km per day. The route takes you along paths, tracks and through the veld. See Walking grades for more details about "Easy" rating.
All walking trails are conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will point out the wildlife, birds and ecology of the area. You will be allowed to walk at your own pace amid splendid scenery and stop and enjoy what is of interest to your group. Although you may see amazing things, our game walk is not intended to bring you close to dangerous game. The guide’s responsibility on a tour: Walk as fast as the slowest guest Keep count of all guests Water supplies First aid kit Radio communication
The area affords you the opportunity of excellent game viewing in this diverse habitat of mountains and plains. More species of mammals than in any other African wildlife area
Tours to add to your trip
Alternatively you can add attractions in the vicinity to your program-before or after the tour. We can recommend a number of interesting options and can assist with bookings to compliment your Blyde River Canyon Tour Kruger. The costs of these options are available on request.
When to do the Blyde River Canyon Tour
Bookings can be made throughout the year.
Mild winters, with chilly evenings The summer months (September to April) are hot with occasional rains.
Getting to Hoedspruit
What to take
Comfortable, well ventilated clothes in keeping with the season. Wear neutral coloured clothing. Always bring a thick windbreaker/jacket, good walking boots (already worn-in), hiking sandals and several pairs of cotton or wool socks. For your daily needs, you are advised to have a day-bag, a plastic bag to waterproof your day-pack, sun-hat, sunglasses, sun block, a water bottle, personal first-aid kit, camera, binoculars. A torch and headlamp are important. Basic solar heating is provided. Cell phone charging facilities available.
We recommend that you arrange appropriate holiday insurance giving you cover against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.
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