The Blyde River Canyon is situated in Mpumalanga nature reserve and is north of the town of Graskop. It is naturally carved out of red sandstone for 2.5km. It is also the third largest canyon in the world. There is a LOT of flora in the reserve to check out as well, in fact more than 1000 different species alone! There are also a few waterfalls in the area that you must check out!
How to Get There?
Blyde River Canyon is along the Panorama Route and is very accessible from the west side of Kruger National Park and towns of Nelspruit and Sabie via bus which is very cheap. Ask your hotel for deals on group tours as well as they may offer a better experience with a tour guide for a deal!
When is the Best Time to Visit?
It is a fantastic place to visit year-round, however if you want to abseil if you are more adventurous, you will want to go in winter which is from June until August.
What is there to do there?
As said above, for the more adventurous there is abseiling, but if that’s not for you there are many other things to do! Hiking is a must, you can go swimming, great photography opportunities at some of the best lookout points such as ‘God’s Window’, ‘Three Rondawels’ and ‘The Pinnacle’.