Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrims Rest & the Sabie waterfalls lie in the Drakensberg escarpment close to the Kruger and offers welcome relaxation after the excitement of your safari.


The Blyde River Canyon area is our name for the beautiful escarpment close to the Kruger National Park. It encompasses the Blyde River Canyon, the waterfalls of Sabie and the various tours and adventure activities around Hazyview.

This beautiful area is ideal for a couple of days of relaxation after the excitement of your safari. Alternatively mix up this area in between two safari lodges. It is only 1-2 hours drive from the Kruger Park, and 3-4 hours from Johannesburg. Here several convivial country lodges offer excellent cuisine and stunning settings. Choose between Summerfields Rose Retreat, Highgrove House, the charming Rissington Inn and the beautifully situated Tanamera Lodge.

The Blyde River Canyon is a majestic red sandstone gorge with sheer cliffs. Plunging 1000 metres into the river below; it is nothing less than magnificent. The ‘panorama route’ is a scenic road alongside the canyon. The route visits various viewpoints such as the Three Rondavels, waterfalls and the Bourne Luck potholes. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest river-formed canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia.

Other highlights of the Blyde River Canyon area :
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes
  • Walks to the attractive Bridal Veil Falls and Lone Creek Falls
  • Hot air ballooning at dawn
  • Elephant interaction and elephant back safaris
  • White water rafting in season
  • Ziplines and abseiling in the forest
  • Quad bike trails
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