The Kruger2Canyon Nature Reserve
Did you know?
The Kruger2Canyon Nature Reserve is the 411th UNESCO biosphere reserve registered.
The vast Kruger2Canyon Nature Reserve stretches from the Blyde River Canyon to the Kruger National Park. It includes large protected areas in its more than four million hectares of savannah, woodlands, montane grasslands and afromontane forests.
The nature reserve bridges the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces and is the boundary between the Mpumalanga Drakensberg escarpment and the central Lowveld.
The Kruger part of the Kruger2Canyon Nature Reserve is the Kruger National Park, while the canyon refers to the Blyde River Canyon – at 20km long and 700m deep, it is one of the world's most spectacular canyons. Because it is full of lush vegetation it's also recognised as the world's greenest canyon.
There's so much to do in this UNESCO-recognised biosphere reserve that you'll find it hard to choose. Fancy something adventurous? Then try river rafting, mountain biking, microlighting or rock climbing. You could also test your skills and your nerve at gorge swinging or abseiling.
Prefer something a little less fast and furious? Then take a gentle hike, go birdwatching, stargazing or fly fishing. Or try a round of golf, a hot air balloon ride or a picnic by a waterfall.
Although you can look out for the Big Five from your own vehicle or on a guided tour, you can also go on a guided walk in the Kruger National Park or in many of the region's private reserves. The area is teeming with game.
If you're into botany you'll be thrilled with the diversity of habitat and plant life. Interested in history and rock art? Then be sure to check out historical Iron Age sites and San rock paintings.
Whatever you choose to do or not to do, take time to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and diversity of one of South Africa's key ecological bioregions.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Kruger2Canyon Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)15 793 1350
How to get here
You can fly in to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport or travel by road from Johannesburg.
Best time to visit
Any time of year is good, although mid-summer (November to February ) is very hot.
However you please – on foot, by road, on a mountain bike or even on horseback.