Blyde River Canyon

Travelers admire the vistas from a viewpoint at Blyde River Canyon.

The majestic Blyde River Canyon is the second largest canyon on the African continent.

Whilst exploring South Africa, a tour of the Mpumalanga province is one of the most scenic adventures a visitor can hope for. The crowning glory of Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route is the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon, the second largest canyon on the continent after the Fish River Canyon.

The striking centerpiece (and the best viewpoint) is the Three Rondavels - three red sandstone rock formations that jut from the canyon like traditional-style huts. The Blyde River snakes its course around the Rondavels through the lush subtropical vegetation of the canyon.

At 26km in length and more than 750m deep, the Blyde River Canyon is one of the country's most significant natural features. At its highest point, Mariepskop, the peak reaches 1 944m above sea level. Forming part of the northern stretch of the Drakensberg escarpment, the canyon offers holidaymakers a plethora of outdoor activities, from hiking and fishing to birding or simply enjoying the tranquil beauty of the Panorama Route.

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