Blyde River Canyon is a hiker's paradise. The so-called "River of Joy" winds along South Africa's second deepest canyon (the cliffs rise up to 800 meters). What's more, the canyon is renowned for being the third largest in the world. The views of the Drakensberg Mountain Range and cliffs coated in lush forests make it the most picturesque part of Panorama Route.
Other highlights include the Three Rondavels viewpoint that overlooks massive rocks spirals and Bourke’s Luck Potholes—a unique geological formation that is particularly appreciated by photographers.
Besides hiking, the area offers other adventures such as canoeing or rock climbing. Visitors to Blyde River Canyon might also be lucky to spot a pair of Taita Falcons—an extremely rare bird species that inhabit the area near Abel Erasmus Pass.
The information centre is located at the mouth of the canyon. You can also take a refreshing swim in the man-made dam, or take a boat to Blydesrivierpoort to see the stunning Tufa Waterfalls.
The Blyde River Canyon is beautiful in any season, but June to August is recommended as the most rewarding time to go. The area is accessible from the western part of Kruger National Park.