Drakensberg Escarpment attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

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 views abound at the dramatic meeting of the Drakensberg Escarpmen…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Blyde River Canyon

Three Rondavels Viewpoint

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 the canyon. There are short walks in the surrounding area to po…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Blyde River Canyon

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

These bizarre cylindrical holes were carved into the rock by whirlpools at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers. Bridges span the rivers, providing impressive views. There’s a small museum providing informat…
Bird Sanctuary in Dullstroom

Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre

This centre, south of town off Rte 540, teaches visitors about raptor species and the dangers facing them – you can even spend a morning learning the art of falconry (R400). There are regular flying displays involvi…
Viewpoint in Blyde River Canyon

Lowveld Viewpoint

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 Rondavels formations are just visible, and you can see over the ridge…
Museum in Lydenburg (Mashishing)

Lydenburg Museum

The town museum is well worth a stop, going back to the Pedi, who arrived here in the 18th century, and the Voortrekkers, who founded the town the following century. Exhibits include Pedi clothing, Voortrekker weapo…
Viewpoint in Graskop

Graskop Gorge Lift

This glass viewing elevator travels 51m down the sheer cliffs of Graskop Gorge, with views of the Big Swing opposite, to an elevated forest boardwalk, which leads 500m to a 70m-high waterfall via suspension bridges …
Museum in Pilgrim’s Rest

Diggings Museum

Just southeast of town along the Graskop road is the open-air Diggings Museum, where you can see how gold was panned. You need to visit on a tour, which you can arrange through the information centre.
Viewpoint in Blyde River Canyon

God's Window

A viewpoint offering amazing vistas. Take the trail up to the rainforest (300 steps), where you might spot rare birds, including the elusive loerie, on the boardwalk to the viewpoint.
Waterfall in Blyde River Canyon

Lisbon Falls

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