About Blyde River Nature Reserve

Say the word 'Blyderivier' (the Afrikaans version of Blyde River) and on the tip of every South African's tongue is the unmistakable 'canyon'. The third largest canyon in the world is virtually an icon it is so recognisable. However, the average person does not realise that it is encompassed within the Blyde River Nature Reserve.

Did you know? The Blyde River Canyon has now been renamed to the Molatse River Canyon.

The 29 000 hectare Blyde River Nature Reserve rests against the Greater Drakensberg escarpment and preserves not only the canyon but other natural wonders of Mpumalanga as well – Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, Pinnacle Rock, and the Devil's and God's Window.

God's Window is the type of marvel for which people travel miles. From this southerly viewpoint a series of undulating sheer cliffs fall over 700 metres on to the lowveld below, the way the cliffs of Dover plummet into the sea at the coast of Britain, with a more gradual decline, but no less graciously.

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve stretches for some 60km, its southerly reaches extending from just beyond Graskop all the way north to the Abel Erasmus pass.

The reserve's remarkable biodiversity includes one of the last remaining montane grassland areas in the province with over 1000 flora species, most of which are endemic, rare or endangered. Specimens include giant ferns, rare orchids and a collection of ericas and proteas. The Taita falcon, found in very few places in the world, lives in the reserve.

Other than the panoramic views, waterfalls and geological wonders, one can hike, horse ride, white water raft, climb the kloofs, hot-air balloon overhead, flyfish, bike and take a boat out on the Blyde Dam, when in the reserve.

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WhereBlyde River Nature Reserve, Drakensberg Escarpment / Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, South Africa

WhenDaylight hours.

OvernightStay in Graskop Accommodation, Mpumalanga

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