The Blyde River Canyon is located in Mpumalanga - South Africa, just north of the town of Graskop. It is the third largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon (USA) and the Fish River Canyon (Namibia). It is the largest green canyon in the world. As such it is protected by the Mpumalanga Parks Board and the whole canyon falls within the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve covering ±22 000 hectares. As with other canyons this natural phenomenon, in simplified terms, is basically the result of the eroding force of running water over millions of years. The Blyde River still flows through the Canyon and is dammed at the bottom end of the canyon in the Blydepoort Dam.
The easiest way to view the canyon is by following the Panorama Route to the Three Rondavels Viewpoint. Another option is to enter the Forever Resorts Blyde Canyon for two viewpoints that can be found on site. Various adventure options, such as hiking and whitewater rafting, are available.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .
The 5 Day Wildlife Experience Scheduled Tour, starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. It includes the Makalali Private Game Reserve, the Panorama Route, The Kruger National Park, The Mthethomusha Game Reserve, a game drive and walk in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.
Highlights: Makalali Private Game Reserve , Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Swaziland , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , St. Lucia Estuary & Lake .
Our 4 Day Kruger Wildlife & Mountain Scenery Scheduled Tour departs from Johannesburg and lets you explore the Panorama Route, interact with elephants at Elephant Whispers, visit Shangana Cultural Village, view wildlife in the Kruger National Park, as well as Mthethomusha and go in search of wild horses at Kaapsehoop.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Elephant Whispers , Shangana Cultural Village , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Kaapsehoop .
Of all the view sites along the majestic Panorama Route, Three Rondavels arguably offers the best views. The view point, ±60 km north of Graskop, lies just above the broadest section of the Blyde River Canyon.
God's Window, part of the popular Panorama Route, is a viewpoint on the Mpumalanga Escarpment with beautiful vistas of the Lowveld below. God's Window is clearly signposted from the R534. It's a 50m walk from the car park to the edge of the escarpment.
The Bourke's Luck Potholes is one of the stops on the Panorama Route in South Africa. At this viewpoint visitors have the opportunity to walk along pathways and to view the potholes created by the fast flowing Blyde- and Treur Rivers in the rock bed of the river.
The scenic Panorama Route, with various viewpoints, runs along the top of a section of the escarpment between the Mpumalanga Highveld and Lowveld. It offers incredible views, we strongly recommend it. The Route may be approached from Ohrigstad or from the logging town of Graskop.
Wonder View is the highest viewpoint on the Panorama Route and offers a 180 degree view over the Lowveld. The drop down to the Lowveld from the Panorama Route is approximately 900 m. On a clear day it is possible to see the Kruger National Park and the Lebombo mountain range in the distance.