Welcome to Blyde River Canyon

Appreciating the area's scenery is easy on Rte 532, which largely follows the edge of the canyon as it winds north from Graskop. En route, there are numerous scenic stops to make, taking in waterfalls and lookout points. Lying within the 260-sq-km Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, most stops have a nominal entry fee, and their car parks are generally mobbed with craft stalls and tour buses.

Top experiences in Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon activities

$71.12 Day Trips & Excursions

Panoramic Route Highlights Day Tour from Hazyview

Start your tour from Hazyview as it climbs towards the town of Graskop, and the southernmost point of the Blyde River Canyon.The Panorama Route encompasses some spectacular scenery, with breath-taking views of the Blyde River Canyon, and out over the endless Lowveld beyond. You'll go along the edge of the escarpment, to look out points offering magnificent views, including God’s Window, Wonderview and the Three Rondawels. Along the route we visit the famous Bourke’s Luck Potholes – deep cylindrical cavities formed by thousands of years of water erosion at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers.               Pilgrim’s Rest is well worth a visit. This old mining town was established during the heady days of the gold rush in the late 1800’s, and the whole town is now lovingly preserved as a national monument. At lunchtime the tour will stop back in Graskop so that guests can have lunch at a restaurant, and if time permits, can spend a while browsing in local shops or along the pavements. Street vendors sell an amazing variety of goods – from nuts and fruit to beaded necklaces and carved wooden animals. South of Graskop, where the Sabie River rises, and numerous waterfalls tumble down the mountains, we will visit the beautiful Berlin Falls and Lisbon Falls on the way back to Hazyview.Choose from a private or shared vehicle! (Additional costs will apply for a private vehicle)

$2244.86 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Wonderful Kruger National Park Safari from Johannesburg

Day 1: Arrive at ORT International Airport, you will be met at the airport. You will then drive in a luxury comfortable vehicle from the Highveld to the Lowveld with plenty of comfort stops towards the Panoramic route (5hour drive). Your scenic drive will be viewing bliss as you will visit as many sites as possible; God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Pinnacle Point and Various Waterfalls. Overnight at a lodge with beautiful views (free roaming animals around the lodge). Dinner will be served in a lovely cozy restaurant – Hannah’s Lodge Ohrigstad or Blyde River Canyon resort.  Dinner and all drinks for your own account.Day 2: Depart after a good breakfast and cover some areas that were missed on route to Balule Private Game Reserve. Book into a private lodge (permitting availability - however a similar lodge will be used) and relax on a viewing deck with lovely cold drinks. Late afternoon, depart on an open Safari vehicle for game viewing pleasure. This is a safari on the wild side as the tour goes off road to look for the animals. Stop for drinks on the banks of the Olifant’s River and enjoy the beauty of the African sunsets. On return to the lodge (± 3 hours), later a traditional South African dinner will be served by your hosts. Going to bed here is generally a treat as the sounds of the African bush linger around. All drinks for your own account.Day 3, 4 and 5: Following a good breakfast, depart for the Kruger National Park. Conservation fees in Kruger is not included in the tour price.  Game drive Safaris daily (one open game viewer drive and two days in the comfortable air conditioned vehicle). Enjoy traditional South African dinners and a bottle of South African wine every night,  this will be for your own account. Overnight accommodation in various lodges and camps inside and just outside the borders of Kruger National Park (depending on availability). Breakfast, lunch and dinner and all drinks for your own account.Day 6: Depart from the Kruger National Park and drive back to Johannesburg- ORT International Airport for your flight back home. The tour will end late afternoon.

$1111.67 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Small Group Kruger and Victoria Falls Safari from Johannesburg

Day 1: Johannesburg - Hazyview - Kruger National Park (D)Depart Johannesburg and drive through Mpumalanga province. Stop at the Blyde River Canyon to view Three Rondavels rock formations. After lunch you continue to your accommodation, set in attractive gardens situated an hour or so drive from Kruger National Park. Overnight: Nsele LodgeDay 2: Hazyview - Kruger National Park (B/D)Board the 4x4 game viewing vehicles for a day in Kruger National Park. The park is home to over 505 species of birds and 148 species of mammals as well as good numbers of reptiles and abundant flora. Game drive morning and afternoon with a break during the middle of the day to enjoy the peace of the rest camp and wait out the hottest part of the day (when wildlife is usually less active). Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Nsele LodgeDay 3: Kruger National Park - Polokwane (B/D)Leave the Kruger area and travel across undulating country-side to the northern town of Polokwane.  Arriving in Polokwane, you enter the nearby Game Reserve and set out on foot to explore (sensible footwear recommended). Being on foot may allow you closer views of some of the gentler animals of the reserve. Overnight: Boma in the bush or similar Day 4: Polokwane - Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (B/D)This morning you make your way across the north of South Africa to the border where you cross into Zimbabwe. After border formalities at the bustling and busy Beitbridge, you continue on to Bulawayo. Free time to explore. Overnight: Travellers Guest House or similar Day 5: Bulawayo - Matobo National Park (B/D)Meet your guides for your visit and game drive into Matobo. Situated a short distance outside of Bulawayo, the wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa.Accommodation: Travellers Guest House or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)Day 6: Bulawayo - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B/D)Departing Bulawayo, you continue north to Victoria Falls, arriving early afternoon. The Victoria Falls themselves are only a short walk and the town has a variety of markets, shops, cafes within easy distance. Later you visit the Victoria Falls National Park itself.End with a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.Accommodation: Sprayview Hotel or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)Day 7: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B)Tour ends after breakfast. Please Note: Each small group tour has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at $620 per person 

$103.44 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Panorama Route Tour from Hazyview

The Panorama Tour visits well known sites in an air-conditioned vehicle with a qualified guide who has good knowledge of the area. Spectacular views of the Blyde River Canyon, and out over the endless Lowveld beyond will not disappoint. Guests are taken along the edge of the escarpment to look out points offering magnificent views, including God’s Window, Wonderview and the Three Rondawels. Along the route guests visit the famous Bourke’s Luck Potholes – deep cylindrical cavities formed by thousands of years of water erosion at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers.At lunchtime the tour will stop in Graskop for guests to enjoy lunch at a restaurant, and, if time permits, browse the many curio stalls and shops in this little village. South of Graskop, where the Sabie River rises there are many beautiful waterfalls which we will visit whilst making our way back to Hazyview.Bottled mineral waters are provided during the journey.

$200.21 Day Trips & Excursions

Panorama Route Private Day Tour from Hazyview

The mountainous escarpment of Mpumalanga provides us with stunning views of the Lowveld and this day tour offers excellent opportunity to see some of the province’s most spectacular scenery. This area is known as the magnificent Panorama Route.This wonderful full day tour includes sights such as God’s Window, with its spectacular views across the Lowveld, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, with its extraordinary rock formations, the Blyde River Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the World, the famous Three Rondawels and historic Pilgrims Rest (time permitting) where “Wheelbarrow Patterson” discovered gold. Lunch is included at renowned Harrie’s Pancakes in Graskop.Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

$1971.38 Multi-day & Extended Tours

South Africa Wildlife and Culture 7-Day Tour from Johannesburg

Day 1: Mpumalanga (D)Depart Johannesburg and travel to Mpumalanga via the Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon. Time and weather permitting, stop at God's Window and the Mac Mac Falls. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel to freshen up before dinner. Overnight stay at Perry's Bridge HollowDay 2: Kruger National Park (B, D)Depart on an open-vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The park is home to an impressive number of flora, fauna, and wildlife. Return to your hotel in the afternoon, and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park for an evening safari (additional charge).Overnight stay at Perry's Bridge HollowDay 3: Swaziland (B, L)After breakfast, journey to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny  kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions and culture and offers beautiful scenery and attractions, such as game reserves and art-and-craft outlets. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Overnight stay at Royal Swazi SunDay 4: Mkuze (B, D)Visit the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu Natal. Take an afternoon scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views over Lake Jozini. Return to the hotel for dinner.Overnight stay at Ghost Mountain InnDay 5: Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve (B, D)Transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for a full day of game viewing. Enjoy a Zulu cultural experience which will expose you to traditional Zulu beer and spear making, sangomas, Zulu stick fighting, bead-and-basket making and the high-kicking, rhythmic Zulu dancing. End the day with dinner at the hotel.Overnight stay at Zulu Nyala Heritage Hotel Day 6: St Lucia Wetland Park (B)Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St. Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Here you embark on a boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippos, and numerous bird species. Arrive in Durban during the afternoon at your hotel. Overnight stay at Benjamin HotelDay 7: Durban (B)Embark on a Durban City Tour, and spend the morning discovering the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. The tour ends with drop-off at King Shaka International Airport for your onward travel arrangements.