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Blyde River Canyon

Address: South Africa
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Ranked #5 of 72 things to do in Mpumalanga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Canyons, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, White-water rafting
Owner description: The 33 km long spectacular gorge has an abundance of wildlife.
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Canyons, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, White-water rafting
Owner description: The 33 km long spectacular gorge has an abundance of wildlife.
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La Cala de Mijas, Spain
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Having not been to the other two we were duly impressd by the greenery, the rock formations and the river itself way down in the bottom. The photographic opportunities were limitless, every view just so beautiful, despite some thunder and lightning during our visit - it just added more drama to the occasion.

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wilderness, western cape
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

The view from the lookout points at Blyde River Canyon is truly magnificent!! You look down into a spectacular gorge, at the bottom of which is a huge dam surrounded by stunning mountainous scenery including the 3 rondawels ( mountain peaks shaped like round, thatched roofed cottages that one often sees in the rural areas of South Africa ) The... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The Blyde River Canyon is the greenest Canyon in the world. It is amazingly beautiful, green, lush, peaceful and just pure natural bliss. Hiking it is best, get those shoes on and get up close and personal with perfection!

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Cookham Dean, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
61 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Had a few hours to fill between safaris so took a trip there. Stunning views, photo subjects abound. The dam is spectacular but to get to it means descending several lots of steep steps and some rough terrain. Small fee to get in, negligible. Visitor centre means well and the single member of staff was very helpful but it would... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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79 reviews 79 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Definately a must see. This large gorge is one of south africas most beuatiful places. I was lucky as the blyde river was in flood with my visit.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This was our first trip to this are and we were surprised how beautiful it is. Blyde River Canyon is absolute a jewel of South Africa

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Dorset, England
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285 reviews 285 reviews
81 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Not sure, having read a few other reviews, what counts as Blyde River Canyon and what as Panorama Route (or are they the same?). In any case, we worked our way north from The Pinnacle (not far north of Graskop) and God's Window to Three Rondavels, stopping at every site. It was easily done in a day without rushing (including... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

It was my first drive past & through the canyon , and I was overwhelmed by the natural beauty and scale of the landscape, be sure to follow the road past the canyon and go through the strijdom tunnel and you will also be blown away by the way the landscape opens up into a different spectacle! The nature reserve... More 

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New Jersey
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107 reviews 107 reviews
28 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We traveled through Mpumalanga on the way to Kruger, stopping at the Blyde River Canyon. This was in early January, and the butterflies were in full swing. Not just a few, but thousands! The various flowers were in full bloom also which was stunning.

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Wolseley, Western Cape, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Has become a bit too commercialized, but still as beautiful as when I saw it years ago! Worth a visit.

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