The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the United States and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia, and is the largest ‘green canyon’ due to its lush subtropical foliage, with the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet.
One of the most-visited attractions in South Africa, the Blyde River Canyon is 26 kilometres in length and is, on average, around 800m deep. The dam itself, when full, is at an altitude of 665m (2182 feet).
Most visitors drive along the canyon’s edge, where Route 532 offers plenty of viewpoints for gazing in awe. If you have enough time, however, the canyon is even better explored on foot.
Entrance fees to the reserve are usually free but in high season they are nominal. All other activities are extra.
HOW WE RATE IT & WHY WE LIKE IT
Blyde means “glad” or “happy” in old Dutch and once you’ve been here you’ll know why! The views are magnificent and there is much to see and do with contrasting landscapes and the friendliest people you’ll find anywhere. Hike, boat, ride or fly over with a hot air ballooon. But whatever you do, go there!