Blyde River Canyon in South Africa

Accommodation in Blyde River Canyon

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Thaba Tsweni Lodge Self Catering Cottage from: ZAR 500

Blyde River Canyon

Blyde Canyon Country is situated in the north-eastern part of South Africa. The awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon is one of Africa's great geological features, a massive gorge 26 km long gouged from red sandstone by the river from which it takes its name. It is also the third-largest canyon in the world, with a 1,600m (5,248 ft) drop from the escarpment to the plains below.

The river is dammed at its northwestern end to create a lake of great beauty, which is inhabited, by hippos and crocodiles.

The Abel Erasmus Pass begins on the R36 north of Ohrigstad and winds up the bushcovered flanks of the Drakensberg. The pass follows the same route asan old wagon trail. In the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve which stretches from Swadini in the north to Graskop in the south, one finds lots of natural wonders such as waterfalls, dizzing cliffs and weird rock formations. The Bourke's Luck Potholes is situated in this reserve. These Potholes which create a moonscape of deep hollows and channels is among the Lowveld's and escarpment's most extraordinary landmarks. The potholes are situated at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers.