Blyde-Olifants Conservancy

Blyde-Olifants Conservancy lies within the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve, which straddles the boundary between Mpumalanga and Limpopo

Limpopo Game and Nature ReservesThe Blyde-Olifants Conservancy

Blyde-Olifants Conservancy consolidates a group of privately owned game farms in the central Lowveld region into an official nature reserve.

Lying roughly between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa, the conservancy also happens to lie within the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve, which straddles the boundary between Mpumalanga and Limpopo extending from the beautiful Blyde River Canyon to the Kruger National Park.

South Africa is the third most biologically diverse country in the world, and the Kruger to Canyons biosphere is no exception, uniting widely varied landscapes through which the visitor can travel.

The Blyde-Olifants Conservancy, as its name suggests, has an unusual attribute for this dry part of the world. Through it run two incredibly different rivers - on the one hand is the river most often associated with the colour brown - the powerful Olifants River - behind which runs the Drakensberg escarpment, creating a striking backdrop, whilst on the other is the clear, sparkling Blyde River, a tributary of the Olifants River.

The Blyde-Olifants Conservancy is home to an abundance of plains game, hyena, kudu, giraffe, leopard, squirrel and zebra, whilst the rivers are well occupied with hippo and crocodiles. Lion and elephant roam these plains freely and fairly regularly, but it is the beauty of the region that draws people here.

Follow the Blyde River to the Blyde River Canyon (renamed Motlatse and arguably one of the most scenic and spectacular sights in this part of the country). This gorgeous canyon is the world’s third deepest and extends over twenty kilometres containing some of the most incredible views over cliffs, mountains and river.

Popular Attractions in and near Blyde-Olifants Conservancy

Blyde River Canyon

Where? Panorama Route
The fresh mountain scenery and panoramic views over the Klein Drakensberg escarpment are quite spectacular and give the area its name of 'Panorama Route'. Viewpoints are named for the spectacle they offer, and God's Window and Wonder View...

More info and contact details: Blyde River Canyon

Kruger National Park

Where? Kruger Park
The Kruger National Park lies across the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the north of South Africa, just south of Zimbabwe and west of Mozambique. It now forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park - a peace park that links...

More info and contact details: Kruger National Park

Did you know?

"Spanning both the Blyde and the Olifants Rivers this future reserve will protect close to 35km of the Blyde and Olifants Rivers and surrounding valleys where unique riverine and granite-derived habitats are found" ~ Source: Kruger2Canyons.

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