The Blyde River Canyon is a section of the Panorama Route. It’s an enormous chasm consisting of cliffs and rocky plains shaped peculiarly. Taking up most of the space in the chasm is the Blyde River – named after the Dutch word ‘blij’. The remarkable surroundings of the Blyde River Canyon remind one of the American Grand Canyon. During past centuries, the river has eroded the cliff into steep ridges and a smooth mountain range. The impressive Panorama Route running from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit leads you throughout the stunning landscape of the Canyon. You’ll pass by the most breathtaking landscapes and vistas, such as Gods Window, The Pinnacle, The Potholes and the Blyde River Dam.
The road at the canyon offers numerous astounding sceneries such as Lowveld View and the spectacular Three Rondavels. The Three Rondavels are eroded pieces of rock, rise next to the river below, and present an impressive view. The various hiking trails lead from the parking lot to several observation points, where one can witness diverse outlooks on the river, canyon or reservoir at every different overlook. The reservoir allows for boat trips (Blyde Dam Boat Trip), which grants you the alibi to navigate through the Canyon.