The Blyde River Canyon is undoubtedly one of the most scenic destinations in South Africa. If you’re looking for a new way to take in the incredible beauty of the area, here are three experiences you must try!
Blyde River Canyon Boat Cruise
Why you should experience it: Instead of a bird’s eye view, opt for a different view – from the water. The hour-and-a-half boat tour will cruise to the Kadishi Tufa Waterfall and the Three Rondavels while the guides point out wildlife, marine and birdlife that thrive in this “Garden of Eden” (spot African fish eagles swooping overhead).
How much does it cost: R250 per adult and R140 per child under 12.
How to get there: Boat tours depart from the Blyde River Dam jetty.
Hike the Blyde River Canyon Trail
Why you should experience it: The Blyde River Canyon has a number of fun and challenging hiking trails for those that are willing. The Blyde River Canyon Trail, or Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail, winds its way through the canyon and arguably one of the most beautiful. It’s not for the fainthearted though – the trail starts out at God’s Window and ends at Bourke’s Luck Potholes and is around 60km long. The trail can be adapted from between two to five days and there is also overnight accommodation in the form of huts along the trail.
How much does it cost: The Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail costs around R1 350 and can be booked via Afri-trails.
Why you should experience it: Perhaps the most spectacular way to take in the splendour of the Blyde River Canyon is by splurging on a helicopter tour. Tours depart from the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve and fly west towards the Drakensberg. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Three Rondavels and the Berlin and Lisbon Falls, before stopping for a private picnic at the Pinnacle Rock. After lunch, you’ll return to your “flying taxi” to take in God’s Window, Panorama Falls and Graskop, before coming back down to earth.
How much does it cost: Prices on request – enquire at Lion Sands.
How to get there: Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is situated on the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Bookings are essential.
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