Blyde River Canyon
Close to the ground.

The Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world, and the largest “green canyon,” full of subtropical foliage. The canyon stretches over 26 km with a maximum depth of around 1,400 m/4,593 ft. Adding to the canyon’s attraction are the impressive and unique natural rock pillars such as the Three Rondavels and The Pinnacle. The major canyon sights as well as a few additional sights in the surrounding area can be taken in via the Panorama Route.

The Panorama Route is a perfect way to see the waterfalls and scenic views of the Blyde River Canyon and takes roughly four hours to complete. The major Blyde River Canyon viewpoints are open from 7am-5pm. This area of the country gets over 200 cm of rain throughout the year, which can make it difficult to get clear scenic views at times. A great place to start the Panoramic Route is from Graskop heading out of town on R532. This will increase the chances of a good scenic experience as you hit the best views in midday when the weather is most likely to be clear.


Lisbon Falls

Lisbon Falls has three streams at a height of 95 meters is one of the waterfalls worth visiting. This is the site where gold was discovered in the late 1800s leading to a disappointing minor gold rush in which few prospecters were successful.


Berlin Falls

Berlin Falls is named after the farm on which the falls are situated. This waterfall makes a spectacular 45 m drop and has a few curio stands at the bottom.


Three Rondavels

Three Rondavels offers a stunning view of the end of the canyon leading into the Blyde Poort Dam with the lowveld off in the distance and a small mountain called "the Sundial" just below.


Lowveld Viewpoint

Lowveld Viewpoint is a half-way stop over the canyon where you'll see and hear the river below. This is only 200 m below the previous site and also a good spot to view the Three Rondavels.


Bourk's Luck Potholes

Bourk's Luck Potholes is where the Blyde River Canyon starts. The two main rivers meet here and carve their way through the rocks, forming a remarkable geological phenomenon of deep holes in the bedrock. There are picnic sites and a small kitchen area for preparing lunch. The reception area of the Potholes is also where the Belvedere Day Hike starts.


Wonderview

Wonderview as you make your way back to Graskop take the first turn off to God's Window. A couple of kilometers down the road after the turn you will find Wonderview where you will get a panoramic view of the lowveld and Kruger National Park. On a clear day it is even possible to see all the way to Mozambique.


God's Window

God's Window is a 300-step climb to the 1,650m viewpoint inside a lush rainforest.


The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle is a unique freestanding column of weathered quartzite jutting out from the canyon floor.


Belvedere Day Hike

Belvedere Day Hike is a 10 km trail that starts at Bourke's Luck Potholes and takes you into the canyon towards the Digi Falls and the Belvedere Power Station. The trail is rated "moderately difficult" and is well marked but sometimes a little overgrown. You are not permitted to start the hike after 11am. You can pick up permits at Graskop Tourist Information Office or Valley View Backpackers.


Forever Resorts Blyde Canyon

Forever Resorts Blyde Canyon is the size of a small town and has more amenities than many of the surrounding small towns including an airport, laundromat, filling station, small supermarket, mini golf, horse stables, a swimming pool, restaurant, fishing pond and viewpoints of the canyon to boot.

There are kilometers of nature trails with panoramic views over the Blyde Poort Dam. The caravan park has electrical outlets, fire pits, braai areas, and shower facilities. The chalets are solid stone buildings with clean interiors.