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About Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon is situated in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Blyde River Canyon is a great destination for budget travelers who enjoy outdoor activities with a host of adventure sports to enjoy.


Blyde River Canyon airports include the following:
•KMIA Airport - Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport


With endemic species such as the Bald Ibis, Blue Swallow, Cape Vulture and Blue Crane all in attendance, Blyde River Canyon birdlife is rich and abundant.The Blyde River Canyon and Escarpment region, including Swadini and Manoutsa, are being considered for global Important Birding Area (IBA) status.


Blyde River Canyon conservation is essential to preserve the number of protected and endangered species which can be found in this haven. Birdlife, in particular endemic species, is able to flourish in the sheltered environment, while plant species are rich and varied.


Blyde River Canyon is a malaria zone, so you will need to talk to a local doctor about malaria medication you will need to take.


Blyde River Canyon plant life is thick, varied and very green, contrasting starkly against the sheer cliffs and rock faces of the canyon. Typical vegetation in the canyon includes montane grassland and cycads.

Safety Tips

•Ask your doctor before doing strenuous hiking or climbing, and if you have heart problems or serious health issues, do not hike
•The area is fairly safe to travel
•Wildlife can be present on roads so drive carefully
•Temperatures can reach extremely high levels, so drink water and wear sunscreen at all times
•Don't wander the area alone without a guide, it is all too easy to get lost

Travel Books

Blyde River Canyon recommended travel books include:
•Touring Map of Kruger Park: Blyde River Canyon, Pietersburg and Nelspruit by John Hall
•Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park and Panorama Route Road Map by MapStudio
•Panoramic Journey Through Mpumalanga by Struik Publishing
•Wild Flower Guide: Mpumalanga & Northern Province by Jo Onderstall
•South Africa Eyewitness Travel Guide by DK Publishing


Blyde River Canyon wildlife is as varied as its habitats. There are mountain reedbuck on the escarpment, dassies on the canyon walls, hippo and crocodile in the Blyde Dam, and impala, kudu, blue wildebeest, waterbuck and zebra on the Lowveld plain near the canyon's mouth.


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