Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre, Mpumalanga
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 3, 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.