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

$76.30 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)

$757.28 Outdoor Activities

4 Day Kruger Lodge Safari

Day 1 Travel in an air-conditioned Quantum via Dullstroom or Nelspruit to Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule Big Five Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. At 17h00, board a Toyota Landcruiser open safari vehicle for a 4-hour sunset game drive. Return late evening after an exciting night safari. Dinner is served under the stars at Marula Tree Boma, situated deep in the bush. Enjoy an authentic bushveld braai (barbeque) and relax around a roaring fire lulled by the distant call of hyenas and lions. Spend the night in a comfortable chalet with airconditioning and en-suite bathroom at Tremisana Game Lodge. Day 2 Early morning wake-up for tea/coffee and rusks before setting off to a remote corner of Balule Game Reserve where you will be taken on a 4-hour guided bush walk with an armed professional safari guide. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a real bushveld experience while keeping a keen eye on the thick bush for the Big Five and an abundance of antelope, predators and indigenous birds. Return to Tremisana Game Lodge for a late breakfast and refreshments; relax and freshen up before it’s time for mid-afternoon tea and the afternoon game drive. Enjoy a leisurely drive through Balule Big 5 Reserve. Dinner is served under the stars at the lodge boma. Day 3 Wake up early for a hearty breakfast. Enjoy the early-morning sound of the bushveld and birds waking up. Freshen up with a dip in the pool or relax on the lodge patio before it’s time to depart in an open safari vehicle to Orpen Gate at the Kruger National Park. Enjoy a full day Kruger safari; sight-seeing, game viewing and bird watching and picking up tips on tracking and spoor identification from your professional safari guide. Lunch break at a popular Kruger National Park rest camp. Return to Tremisana Lodge as the sun sets low over the spectacular private game lodge. Dinner is served at the lodge lapa. Day 4 Wake up early and join your professional safari guide for a 1-hour bush walk in the private game reserve. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before departing for the Blyde River Canyon and popular attractions on the Panorama Route, which includes the spectacular Three Rondavels. Return to Johannesburg by 17h00; drop-off by arrangement at OR Tambo International Airport or any hotel/guest lodge in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

$700.53 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Day Lodge and Treehouse Kruger National Park Safari

DAY ONE : We collect you from your JHB hotel or Johannesburg Airport and travel via Dullstroom to Tremisana Game Lodge. There you board an open Landcruiser for a Sunset Drive on this Big Five Game Reserve. After dark, spotlights are used to locate nocturnal animals. Dinner will be an unforgettable BUSH BRAAI in the Marula Tree Boma deep in the African bush. Continue with the night drive after dinner and overnight in an en suite chalet at Tremisana Lodge.DAY TWO : After breakfast you travel in an open-sided Gameviewer to the Orpen area of Kruger Park. The added elevation and absence of windows allows for excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. Your qualified guide will show you various animals, large and small, that frequent this outstanding wildlife paradise. The zone of Kruger you visit has the highest percentage population of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala that attract numerous lions and other predators. Dinner and overnight in your fascinating treehouse at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge.DAY THREE : We have an early morning Bush Walk accompanied by an armed ranger. You will be shown various interesting details of the bush, including insects, spoor and scats. You have an excellent chance of encountering Nyala, Buffalo and other game on foot. After breakfast, we drive to the Three Rondawels of the Blyde River Canyon. We return you to your hotel or airport at around 17h00.

$831.95 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 Day Classic Kruger National Park Safari

DAY ONE : We collect our clients from all JHB hotels, guesthouses as well as from Johannesburg Airport. We travel via the Highveld farmlands to the picturesque subtropical Lowveld and on to Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule Section of the Kruger Park. After a short break during which you may unwind at the bar, have a swim or relax in the tropical gardens, we board the open Landcruiser for a 3h Sunset Drive. Your guide will show you various animals and birds and after dark, use spotlights to locate nocturnal species. Dinner will be a BUSH BRAAI in our Marula Tree Boma deep in the African bush. Overnight in comfortable airconditioned en suite thatch-roofed chalets.DAY TWO : Awaken at sunrise for an exhilarating day of unforgettable bush life. Drive to a remote venue, where you enjoy a 4h “ walk in the wild ”. Your experienced field guides will lead you through the bush at a pace you can handle in search of the Big Five. The thrill of following Africa’s large animals until you are close enough to take a decent photo will remain with you forever. Adrenalin surges will be acute, notwithstanding the fact that your rangers are adequately armed in case of danger. Return to Tremisana for brunch. Later you may sleep in your air conditioned chalet or swim in the pool. Our Lapa has extensive wildlife magazines. Visit the game viewing Hide overlooking Tremisana Dam. Lunch will be served at 13h30. At 15h30 we enjoy a 4 h SUNDOWNER GAME DRIVE. On the game drive your rangers will be in radio contact so as to keep us informed of the movements of the game. Return to Tremisana at around 19h30.DAY THREE : We travel to the Orpen Gate of Kruger Park where we board our open Gameviewer. The absence of windows and the elevated vantage position allow for excellent photographic opportunities. You will have an amazing chance not only to view game but also to listen to and smell the African bush and its denizens. There will be regular stops at picnic spots, rest camps and places of interest. Your experienced ranger will show you many animals and birds that frequent this wildlife paradise. The Orpen-Satara- Nwanedzi regions boast open plains and support large herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope that attract numerous predators. In fact the zones we visit have the highest concentration of lions in Africa !DAY FOUR : Enjoy an early morning Sunrise Drive on the Open Landcruiser. After a hearty breakfast, there will be time to purchase some memorabilia from our shop and take your last photos of the luxuriant lush gardens at Tremisana. We then drive to the awesome Three Rondawels and the Blyde River Canyon. Return to Gauteng in the late afternoon. Airport drop off by arrangement.

$2281.57 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.

$788.51 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Day Tour : Kruger National Park

Day 1: Nelspruit - Kruger National Park Depart from Nelspruit and enjoy a scenic drive to the Kruger National Park, in the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus.At the entrance gate, we switch to an open safari vehicle. Game viewing begins as soon as we enter the gates.While making our way to the camp, we search for wildlife and you can expect to see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elephants, rhino, buffalo, kudu, impala and various other animals.Dinner will be prepared by your guide and may take the form of a traditional South African braai (barbecue), weather permitting. Alternatively, we may use the camp restaurant or catering services. Day 2: Full day 4x4 Game Drive Once breakfast has been eaten, we leave the lodge in a game viewer and head to the Orpen Gate to enter the Kruger National Park. Without windows and with the added height of the vehicle, you have the best opportunity to see the animals and take photos. You will be accompanied by a guide who knows the best places to tour through the park and who will share interesting facts about the wildlife that you see. In this area of the park there is an abundance of giraffe, impala, zebra, elephant and the occasional predator. After the days’ drive, we head back to the Camp where you will spend the night in a tent. We’ll provide an electric light and fan, your bedding, a towel and soap. Day 3: Day Trip Followed by Airport Transfer The day starts with a morning bushwalk as the sun rises. With the company of an armed ranger, you will explore the Kruger Park bush and learn all about vegetation and insects that are seen along the way. You might also encounter nyala, buffalo, and other game during the course of the walk. We return for breakfast before heading to the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels. After a day of touring, we return you to your Nelspruit accommodation or airport at around 17h00.

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