Echo Caves

Blyde River Canyon

Stone Age relics have been found in these caves, which were discovered in 1923 and named after dripstone formations that echo when tapped. The one-hour guided tour leads you deep into the caverns on walkways and staircases (sensible shoes required), to a cool underground world of limestone stalactites and stalagmites, some named after figures such as the Madonna.

The formations of the Crystal Palace chamber are a highlight.

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Nearby Blyde River Canyon attractions

1. Three Rondavels Viewpoint

12.27 MILES

The area's highlight, with a staggering view of these enormous rounds of rock, their pointed, grassy tops resembling giant huts carved into the side of…

2. Lowveld Viewpoint

13.61 MILES

Affords stunning views up the canyon, to the glistening Blydepoort Dam at the far end surrounded by forested slopes. The rocky cones of the Three…

3. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

14.57 MILES

This stunning 260-sq-km reserve centres on the 30km-long Blyde River Canyon, where epic rock formations tower above the forested slopes and eagle-eye…

4. Bourke’s Luck Potholes

14.97 MILES

These bizarre cylindrical holes were carved into the rock by whirlpools at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers. Bridges span the rivers,…

5. Alanglade

24.34 MILES

A former mine-manager’s residence at the northern edge of town, beautifully decked out in 1920s style with original artefacts. Tours need to be booked 30…

6. Berlin Falls

24.56 MILES

Crashing down the cliffs, this waterfall is at its most impressive in summer (October to March), when there is most water.

7. Lisbon Falls

25.2 MILES

This waterfall is a highlight of the Blyde River Canyon area, especially in summer (October to March), when the water flows hardest.

8. Thelwall's Museum

25.27 MILES

This former fruit shop dating to 1946 has interpretive panels on the local gold rush and conflicts.