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TThe vast Kruger2Canyon Biosphere Region stretches from the Blyde River Canyon to the Kruger National Park. It includes large protected areas in its more than 4-million hectares of savannah, woodlands, montane grasslands and afromontane forests.
The region 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 Biosphere Region is the Kruger National Park, while the canyon refers to the Blyde River Canyon – at 26km long and 800m deep, it is the third largest canyon in the world. Because it is full of lush vegetation, it is also recognised as the world's greenest canyon.
There's so much to do in this UNESCO-recognised biosphere region 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.
TTravel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Kruger2Canyon Biosphere Region
Tel: +27 (0)15 917 1838
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. Many travellers visit during the dry winter months (April to September) when animals are easier to spot.
Things to do
Go on a safari or self-drive in the Kruger National Park; go on the Blyde River Canyon Tour; hike and back-packing trails are also available for the more adventurous.
What to pack
A good pair of walking or hiking shoes, a wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.
Where to stay
There are a large number of different accommodation options to suit all travelers’ pockets, from 5-star game lodges and glamping to self-catering and camping.
What to eat
Within the Kruger National Park you will find Tshokwane restaurant, an excellent stopover between central and southern Kruger. The restaurant serves light meals. In the Blyde River Canyon, overlooking the Three Rondavels, is Kadisi Restaurant. Offers buffet and A-la-carte, inside or outside on the stoep and a Lapa.