The Blyde River Canyon is one of the world’s largest canyons and a must-visit destination in South Africa. Located within the 29.000 ha Blyde River Canyon Reserve and part of the Panorama Route, the canyon stands out from canyons like the Grand Canyon and Fish River Canyon for being green with subtropical vegetation. From the top of the canyon, visitors can enjoy eagle-eye views for miles over the Lowveld. This stunning natural site abounds in hiking, walking, mountain biking and horseriding trails with breathtaking views.

The Blyde River Canyon is one of the world’s largest canyons and a must-visit destination in South Africa. Located within the 29.000 ha Blyde River Canyon Reserve and part of the Panorama Route, the canyon stands out from canyons like the Grand Canyon and Fish River Canyon for being green with subtropical vegetation. Take a drive on Route 532 as it winds along the edge of the canyon, stopping at scenic stops and lookout points en route. From the top of the canyon, visitors can enjoy eagle-eye views for miles over the Lowveld. This stunning natural site abounds in hiking, walking, mountain biking and horseriding trails with breathtaking views.

Highlights

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Explore the stunning scenery of the surrounding Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve on an exciting hiking trail.
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Treck up the steps to God’s Window for an awe-inspiring view over the horizon.
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Visit the dramatic Lisbon Falls and have a picnic under the trees nearby.
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Take a guided tour of the Echo Caves.

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Best time to go to Blyde River Canyon

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The best time of the year to visit the Blyde River Canyon and its surrounds is during the spring and autumn months from September to November and March to May when temperatures in the area are mild. June and July can be quite cold, while December and January might have high humidity and an increased chance of rain.

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