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Blyde River Canyon

The spectacular Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and has a totally different look to the Fish River Canyon in Namibia and the Grand Canyon in America. Here the Canyon is filled with lush vegetation and there are also many wild animals. This is therefore the largest woodland and lush green canyon in the world. The winding road along the Canyon offers a fascinating spectacle at every turn, often with amazing views as you look over the side; about 800 meters down, and see the river.

The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve has lots of wonderful vantage points. North of Graskop you have God's Window which offers great views of the Lowveld. At the beginning of the Canyon you will find Bourke's Luck Potholes and at the end the Three Rondavels. From different vantage points, you have a view on the 33-kilometer gorge. An area created by wind erosion and the confluence of the Mourning and the Blyde River. The rivers have moved tons of rock to and along the Lowveld to the Indian Ocean here.

The landscape of the 25 000-hectare nature reserve, the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is unique, the flora is lush and varied, which causes different animals also feel at home here. Here you can find the colony of the rare bald ibis, but also dassies, reedbuck, impala, kudu, waterbuck, wildebeest and zebra. The Samango monkeys, bush babies, baboons and vervet monkeys meander through this beautiful area. Around the rivers and dams, you will find waterfowl, otters, hippopotamuses and crocodiles. The birds that live here, well as you can probably imagine, this is a Birds Heaven!