Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon is an iconic part of South Africa’s Panorama Route, so named for its incredibly beautiful vistas. The third largest canyon in the world, the Blyde River ravine plunges 800m into the Blyde riverbed, affording magnificent views from paths that run along the top of the escarpment.
The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve spans 29 000 hectares of lush forestation, valleys and waterfalls. Running alongside the Greater Drakensberg escarpment, the reserve includes the Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, Pinnacle Rock and God's Window.
The plant life is rich and varied owing to a great range of soils and altitudes, and is host to a huge variety of birds, including many globally threatened species. Mammals include all five primate species of South Africa, along with small antelope such as the klipspringer (“rock jumper”) and rhebok, and rock hyrax, rodents and lizards.