Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon is a natural park, which offers some of the most picturesque and beautiful views across South Africa. This is the second largest canyon on the dark continent and one of the largest worldwide. Larger than this rank only the Grand Canyon in the U.S. and in that in Namibia.
The reserve covers an area of 60 km. Its length along the River Blyde is twice as small - 30 km. Here, advertising materials and brochures do not really describe the wild beauty and fresh air and beautiful views of the rocks, covering areas of 600 to 800 m from the riverbed.
Blyde River Canyon is located 15 km. north of Graskop, and pierces the Drakensberg mountain. The area around the river itself offers fascinating nature, consisting of endangered riparian forests that are now less than 100 hectares in size. Blyde is placed along the edge of the mountain itself, to create the uniquely beautiful lake Swadini. For tourists also offered are tours by boat on the lake, and fans of extreme experiences can practice rock climbing and skiing.
"Three Rondavels", "God's Window" and the "Tower" are the most popular places for observation, but there are several others from which a view of the entire canyon is available, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa.
Where river water and the “Three Rondavels“ meet, one of the most remarkable geological phenomena in the country was formed, resulting from water erosion. Known as "Happy holes of the Boertjie"- they are cylindrical rock grooves formed by the swirl of crystal rivers. They have formed a series of small dark pools which contrast with white and yellow stripes and lichens on rocks.
Called River Blyde, it is also known as the river of joy. Here the flora and fauna are as varied as are the different pictures and natural conditions. Comb crocodiles, hippos, antelopes and gazelles are all present.
Especially pleasant mountain descent route is the area of the reserve on the downside of Abel Erasmus Pass. You can travel by car or enjoy the scenery on foot.