The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 25 kilometres (16 mi) in length and is, on average, around 750 metres (2,461 ft) deep.
The Blyderivierpoort Dam, when full, is at an altitude of 665 metres (2,182 ft). The Canyon consists mostly of red sandstone. The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 1,944 metres (6,378 ft) above sea level, whilst its lowest point where the river leaves the canyon is slightly less than 561 metres (1,841 ft) above sea level. This means that by some measure the Canyon is 1,383 metres (4,537 ft) deep.
Enjoy an exciting and informative trip to an African Wildlife Rehabilitation centre. Nestled in a picturesque setting at the base of the Drakensberg escarpment, Moholoholo has become a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. Highlights include the close up views of lion, leopard, servals, caracals, honey badger, eagles and vultures.
This guided tour focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines and you will get the opportunity to view these magnificent animals including the rare King cheetah.
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Experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight over the Lowveld bush areas adjoining the Kruger National Park. This is a safe, enjoyable and informative adventure that will be one of the highlights of your visit to Big Game Country. While there is no guarantee that the participants will see wildlife from the air, plains game such as giraffe and wildebeest are often seen. The views of the Drakensberg mountains are breathtaking.
The flight begins at dawn and lasts around one hour. Trips are available daily but are weather dependent and can be cancelled at short notice.
Bourkes Luck Potholes - The impressive rock features of Bourke’s Luck Potholes marks the start of the extraordinarily scenic Blyde River Canyon and is one of the tick-offs on the well-beaten path of the Panorama Route. The giant potholes have been carved over centuries by pebbles swirling around in poolswhere the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River. Bourke’s Luck had nothing to do with the potholes but rather a lucky strike in this gold-rich area
Echo Caves - The natural caves are well known for the hollow dolomite in this area. If the stalactites are struck, the echo can be heard for miles. Hour long tours take visitors through beautiful large chambers with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites.
Blyde Dam Boat Cruise - Enjoy a lovely boat ride on the Blyde Dam, where you can savour the splendor of the Blyde River Canyon. Your tour guide will take you to the Kadishi Tufa Waterfall and the majestic Three Rondavels. Wildlife is abundant; you'll be able to spot hippo, crocodile, as well as fish eagle. During the cruise, you can learn more about the history of the third biggest canyon in the world.