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Blyde River Canyon

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Blyde River Canyon: Our most recommended tours and activities

Blyde River Canyon Boat Cruise

1. Blyde River Canyon Boat Cruise

Enjoy a lovely guided boat ride on the Blyde Dam, where you can admire the splendor of the third largest Canyon in the world and see the rare “living” Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the majestic Three Rondavels mountain formation. Enjoy the splendor of the third largest Canyon in the world, recognized as the largest 'green canyon' due to its lush subtropical foliage.  Gaze at the haunting and beautiful Kadishi Tufa waterfall, whose unique rock formation resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as 'the weeping face of nature. Pass by the Three Rondavels, a trio of landmark mountain peaks resembling and named after traditional native beehive huts. Come across an abundance of wildlife and learn more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon.

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Blyde River Canyon: 1-Hour Quad Bike Ride on Franklyn Park

2. Blyde River Canyon: 1-Hour Quad Bike Ride on Franklyn Park

Feel the sense of adventure and adrenaline as you go on a guided quad bike ride across Franklyn Park overlooking the majestic Mariepskop Mountain. On arrival, get introduced to your quad guide who will give you a briefing on how to operate the quad bike. After, start on the trail, driving through riverine forest and savannah grasslands and over flat and low-hills areas with spectacular views of Mariepskop.  See small antelope, baboons, and an abundance of birdlife before you arrive at the foothills Mariepskop Mountain the Franklyn Park.

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From Hazyview: Panorama Tour Highlights

3. From Hazyview: Panorama Tour Highlights

From Hazyview, the tour begins as it climbs towards the town of Graskop, and the southernmost point of the Blyde River Canyon. The Panorama Route encompasses some spectacular scenery, with breathtaking views of the Blyde River Canyon, and out over the endless Lowveld and beyond. For guests who have limited time or for those who wish to join a shorter tour, this option provides an opportunity to visit some of the better-known attractions of the region. Visit the famous and magnificent God’s Window and Pinnacle Rock. On your way back to Hazyview, visit the beautiful Lisbon Falls and Berlin Falls.

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Hazyview: Blyde River Boat & Reptile Park Tour

4. Hazyview: Blyde River Boat & Reptile Park Tour

This tour starts off with a visit to the Kinyonga Reptile Park, a center for reptile-related research and public education, home to many species of snakes, frogs, and other interesting reptiles. At Kinyonga, you'll get to see and learn about reptiles, numerous amphibians and arachnids, many species of which are endangered in South Africa. After lunch, you'll board a boat on the Blydepoort Dam for a view of the mountains from the bottom of the Canyon. This 1.5-hour excursion in spectacular surroundings is not to be missed - you might spot some game on the riverbanks from the boat, and the occasional hippo or crocodile may come past for a closer look at the visitors!

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What people are saying about Blyde River Canyon

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 88 reviews

It was lovely to see the Blyde River canyon up close and to be on boat enjoying the views and getting interesting information from the guide about the canyon and the area.

The ride through the forest was breathtaking, as Matete (the tour guide) made sure we go through all the beautiful places as he offered to document everything.

I would go back and do this over and over again. Truly an incredible experience the staff here are such beautiful humans.

The tour was very much informative. Enjoyed the breeze and all the animals we saw along the dam.

It was quite an experience .. Such a wonderful and beautiful exciting adventure.