Visit the thrilling Blyde River Canyon Hiking Trails


The Blyde River Canyon Hiking Trails have officially been open for a thrilling two years of hiking and camping, including the recently refurbished rustic accommodation that became available to Mpumalanga’s adventure seekers!

These new trails offer different distance and fitness level options, making the Blyde River Canyon Hiking Trails an option for all, with the choice of self-guided hiking or guided hiking with the added value of the extensive knowledge of the guides leading you on these must-see trails. These hiking trails also offer a diverse set of impressive landmarks and dazzling views that are well-known to the area.

The trail offers beautiful outdoor excursions such as the Belvedere Day Walk which is estimated to take the average hiker around 5 hours to complete, as well as the Waterval Trail which is a longer trail and takes you on an all-round 3-day hiking and camping experience which is best suited for experienced hikers looking for a thrilling outdoors experience, although this trail can also be experienced by the moderate hiker with the help of a guide. These newer trails cover half of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and touch on privately owned land from Paradise Camp and God’s Window to the acclaimed and distinguished Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

Known as the 3rd largest canyon on earth, the Blyde River Canyon officially referred to as the Motlatse Canyon forms part of the charming Northern Drakensburg escarpment spanning across a distance of 25 Kilometres in length, with the highest point being measured at 1,944 metres (6,378 ft.) above sea level and the lowest part of the Canyon recorded at just under 561 metres (1,841 ft.) above sea level.

Host to a number of places of interest, the Blyde River Canyon is best known for natural attractions that include:

  • Three Rondavels
  • Panorama Route
  • God's Window
  • The Pinnacle
  • Bourke's Luck Potholes

Lesser known to the area, the Blyde River Canyon also holds the Kadishi Tufa Waterfall recorded as the second tallest Tufa Waterfall on earth, with its striking resemblance to a crying face, Kadishi Tufa Waterfall is also known as the 'the weeping face of nature'.

Give us a taste of Mpumalanga through your eyes; share your sensational experiences with us and the world by tagging our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #discovermpumalanga and #mympumalanga - it goes without saying that these trails, along with all the noteworthy landmarks along the way, are the perfect excuse to escape the city life and enjoy a thrilling and breath takingly beautiful getaway to the remarkable Mpumalanga Province!

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