The Blyde River Canyon is the second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon, although it is much greener due to its lush subtropical foliage. Blyde means “glad” or “happy” in old Dutch, a name derived from a Voortrekker expedition. It is a 26km long Canyon located in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The canyon forms part of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

The Blyde River Canyon passes a rock formation known as the “Three Rondavels”.This is due to the formation resembling three African-style houses or rondavels. This canyon is part of the Panorama Route. This route starts at the town Graskop and includes God’s Window, the Pinnacle and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

Walking treks through the rich diversity of flora and fauna-filled canyon offer views of magnificent escarpments, waterfalls and ancient geological phenomena. Visitors have the opportunity to encounter all five of South Africa’s primates here, as well as hippos and crocodiles near the wetlands of Swadini Dam.

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