Did you know?
All of South Africa's primate species are found in the Blyde River Canyon.
Mpumalanga's precipitous Blyde River Canyon, at 26km long and 762m deep Africa's second largest canyon and the world's third, is famed for its spectacular scenery, but there's much more to do than take in the views when you visit the Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre.
If you want to get your adrenalin pumping, there's no better way than to visit the Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre and tackle white water rafting on the Upper Blyde River.
Because the Blyde River has steep gradients, the rafting is fast and furious, ranging from steep drops to long rapids. Test your skills and nerve along all 8km of white water, followed by a more leisurely 5km cruise over the dam in a motorboat. The views of the Three Rondawels from the dam are said to be unparalleled.
You'll paddle in a two-person 'Croc raft', monitored by trained qualified guides who accompany you in their own rafts. The rapids are rated Class Three to Four, but as long as you are healthy and reasonably fit, no prior experience is necessary.
Choose between a day trip with a picnic lunch, or go rustic and stay overnight in an A-frame hut at the Wet Camel bush camp followed by an early morning hike in the canyon.
The Blyde River Canyon is claimed to be the world’s 'greenest' canyon, because of its luxuriant sub-tropical vegetation. If you feel like taking it easy and viewing from a slower moving craft, then opt for tubing down the Lower Blyde River.
Prefer leaping over waterfalls, scaling cliffs and then jumping into the crystal-clear waters at the canyon bottom? Then go kloofing. Fancy abseiling? Then put on your harness and take to the sides of the dam wall.
Interested in more ground-based activities? Choose quad biking through riverine forest on a scenic route bordering the Blyde River.
Whatever your adventure fancy, the Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre is sure to fulfill it.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre
Tel: +27 (0) 15 795 5961
Cell: +27 (0) 72 260 4212
How to get here
Take the N12 from Johannesburg, then the R540 to Dullstroom and Lydenburg, followed by the R36 to Ohrigstad. Turn right on to the R531 (Acornhoek Rd) and right at Forever Resorts sign.
Best time to visit
Spring and summer are best for activities such as white water rafting or tubing.
Around the area
Mpumalanga's Panorama Route, the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve are all nearby.
What will it cost
It will depend on what you plan to do. White water rafting costs approx. R1 500 per person; tubing around R130; quad biking R350; abseiling and kloofing R200.
What to pack
Sturdy walking shoes, shoes you can swim in, sunscreen, hat, towel, swimsuit. All adventure equipment is provided but you are welcome to take your own.
Where to stay
The Blyde River Canyon Lodge and the Blyde River Wilderness Lodge are both excellent accommodation options in the area.