About Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail

Start: God's Window
Finish: Bourke's Luck or Swadini (depending on whether you're doing three or five days)
Duration: 3 - 5 days (the last two days are optional) 60 km
Fitness: reasonable fitness
Our tip: book way in advance if you're going in the school holidays

The Blyde River Canyon Trail, or Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail, wends its way through the third largest canyon in the world, and arguably one of the most beautiful.

The Blyde River Canyon outshines every other landmark in the country, bar Table Mountain, as a tourist attraction and this hike spends three days venturing from one geographical feature to the next.

The Blyderivierspoort trail can be adapted from between two to five days, and the diverse terrain through lush vegetation reveals not only incredible rock formations and views, but also a variety of animals.

It is best to go in a group on an organised trip as the route is not obvious, venturing at times through private farm land, the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Blyde State Forest. But seasoned hikers frequently do the trail self-guided.

Overnight accommodation is in huts.

If you are a seasoned hiker with an incurable longing to get back to nature, you can spend up to 20 days on trails that wind from Sabie to Graskop, from Graskop to the dam in the Blyde River Canyon, from Pilgrim's Rest to the dam – through incredible scenery rich in montane grassland and indigenous riverine forest.

Need to Know

WhereStart at God's Window, Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga

WhenBookings are essential. We recommend Thaba Tsweni Lodge & Safaris who offer daily hikes into the the Blyde River Canyon and Panorama Route for two to ten clients per tour.

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)13 767-1380 or +27 (0)83 997-1034

OvernightThe closest town is Blyde River Canyon, in Mpumalanga


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