Where Is Blyde River Canyon In South Africa

What is Blyde River Canyon?

The Blyde River Canyon is a 26km long Canyon located in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It is one of the larger canyons on Earth but much smaller than those of Asia, the Grand Canyon, and the Fish River Canyon.


Where Is Blyde River Canyon In South Africa

Blyde River Canyon Reserve, Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, South Africa is situated against the Greater Drakensberg escarpment and includes top Panorama Route attractions like The Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Pinnacle Rock, and God’s Window.

This is the only true canyon in South Africa, formed by the Blyde River or ‘River of Joy’ cutting through more than 1000 meters of the quartzite and Dolomite Mountains of the eastern rim of the Drakensburg escarpment.

Seldom-seen wildlife species in Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, South Africa include the Taita Falcon and the Oribi. It is also home to an amazing display of plants such as orchids, lilies, tree ferns, and cycads.

This 29 000 hectare Mpumalanga nature reserve on the Panorama Route in South Africa can be approached from either the west or the east.

A public road on the western boundary allows for easy access to attractions and lookout points. Malaria occurs in some parts of Mpumalanga and visitors are advised to take the necessary precautions.

Directions to Blyde River Canyon Reserve, Mpumalanga

Take the R532 to Graskop from either north or south. Follow the signposts north of Graskop at Bourke’s Luck Potholes until you reach the entrance of this Mpumalanga nature reserve in South Africa.

How much does it cost to go to Blyde River Canyon?

R30 per person

Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondavels Viewpoint

The entrance fee is R30 per person. Make sure to come at golden hour (the hour just before sunset) for the best lighting.

Is Blyde River Canyon in Drakensberg?

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (or Motlatse Canyon Provincial Nature Reserve) is situated in the Drakensberg escarpment region of eastern Mpumalanga, South Africa.