Location of Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

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Blyde River Canyon Reserve (also known as Motlatse Canyon Provincial Nature Reserve), in Mpumalanga has unusual rock formations, spectacular views, rare fauna and flora as well as the highest plant diversity in the province.

Blyde River Canyon Reserve, Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, South Africa is situated against the Greater Drakensberg escarpment and includes top Panaroma Route attractions like The Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Pinnacle Rock and God’s Window. This is the only true canyon in South Africa, formed by the Blyde River or ‘River of Joy’ cutting through more than 1000 metres of the quartzite and Dolomite Mountains of the eastern rim of the Drakensburg escarpment.

Seldom seen wildlife species in Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, South Africa include the Taita Falcon and the Oribi. It is also home to an amazing display of plants such as orchids, lilies, tree ferns and cycads.

This 29 000 hectare Mpumalanga nature reserve on the Panorama Route in South Africa can be approached from either the west or the east. A public road on the western boundary allows for easy access to attractions and look out points. Malaria occurs in some parts of Mpumalanga and visitors are advised to take the necessary precautions.

Directions to Blyde River Canyon Reserve, Mpumalanga

Take the R532 to Graskop from either north or south. Follow the signposts north of Graskop at Bourke's Luck Potholes until you reach the entrance of this Mpumalanga nature reserve in South Africa.

Booking Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

South Africa Nature Reserves : Game Reserves and National Parks