The Blyde River Canyon in the Mpumalanga province is one of the deepest canyons in the wold, measuring up to 1400 metres in height and 25 kms in length. This is one of South Africa's most impressive natural features and a major attraction area for those who enjoy the outdoors, hiking and scenery.
The canyon forms the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment and is mostly formed of red sandstone. Visitors will find outstanding viewpoints into the canyon along R532. A particularly popular stop is the Three Roundavels where you can peer deep into the canyon, viewing Blyderivierpoort Dam as well as the unique land formations on the opposite side known as the Three Roundavels.
Note: A popular activity to do around the Blyde River Canyon is to take the Panorama Route self-drive tour, which takes in the above Three Roundavels in addition to other fun stops such as the Bourkes' Luck Potholes, God's Window, Pinnacle Rock as well as some impressive waterfalls which fall deep into various gorges and over the escarpment at various locations.
Note: For those wanting to spend a day or two in the Blyde River Canyon area, Graskop makes for a nice place to base yourself.