Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Mpumalanga's Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve lies on the edge of the Eastern Transvaal Drakensberg Plateau, and to many serves as an ideal starting point for a journey from Johannesburg to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Considered as one of the most scenic and picturesque regions in South Africa, the highveld experiences both varying climates and geology, resulting a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The reserve covers almost 23,000 ha, and can be explored by car on a number of scenic roads which lead to various magnificent viewpoints.

The main feature of the Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve is the Blyde River Canyon - an enormous gorge carved out of the face of the escarpment. The canyon stretches 26 km from The Pinnacle near Graskop to Swadini in the north. The floor of the gorge can be reached only on foot. In this area of high rainfall the vegetation consists mainly of dense forests. Outcrops of striking dolomite and quartzite rocks are covered in vibrantly coloured green, orange and red lichen. The towering cliffs of the canyon create awe-inspiring waterfalls.

Also located within Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, are the well known Bourke's Luck Potholes. This series of deep cylindrical cavities were formed over thousands of years by swirling waters at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers. Another of the reserve's popular attractions is God's Window which provides visitors with one of Mpumalanga's most awesome views. From here one can look out across miles of densely forested mountains, the fertile lowveld and the Blyde River Canyon. The popular Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail starts at God's Window and takes five days to complete, leading hikers over a total distance of 65 km.

In addition to beautiful specimens of giant ferns, rare orchids and species of Erica and Protea, Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve is also home to an interesting variety of wildlife. The mountainous regions of the reserve are home to klipspringer and dassie, also known as rock hyrax. The wooded bushveld provides cover for such species as kudu, while the river banks serve as a habitat for bushbuck and bush pig. The reserve is also home to all five species of primate naturally found in South Africa - bush babys, chacma baboons and both samango and vervet monkeys.

The wetland and rivers of the reserve flow into the Swadini Dam. The dam provides habitat for crocodiles and hippopotamus as well as a variety of bird species which include all three species of South African loerie. These species also include both Levaillant's and croaking cisticola, broad-tailed warbler, Cape rock-thrush, buff-streaked chat, familiar chat and mocking cliff chat. The reserve also provides visitors with a number of excellent viewing points for a wide variety of raptors species amongst which Cape vulture, Verreaux's eagle, rock kestrel, lanner and peregrine falcons are often sighted.

Accommodation Near Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms

umVangati House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hoedspruit District

9.5km North of Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Tucked away in the heart of the Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa's most glorious scenic destinations, umVangati House is sure to restore your sense of peace from the moment you check in

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Sleeps: 26 in 8 units/rooms

Amafu Forest Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hoedspruit District

11.9km North East of Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Amafu Forest Lodge is a dream location in the spectacular Blyde River Canyon area. The sheer krantzes of these mountains act as a backdrop to our five spacious, private units and two luxurious, intimate tented camps...

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Sleeps: 22 in 10 units/rooms

Shikwari Game Reserve

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hoedspruit District

22.8km North West of Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Nestled below the majestic Northern Drakensburg Mountains in the Limpopo Lowveld. Accommodation is either in luxury suites with private bathroom or in comfortable rustic rondavel with shared accommodation. The two options are in separate camps.

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Sleeps: 18 in 6 units/rooms

Thaba Tsweni Lodge & Safaris

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Graskop

27.4km South East of Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Our luxury self catering chalets, have their own gardens with barbeque facilities and secure undercover parking. Each fully equipped chalet includes either one or two bedrooms, a lounge with fireplace and satellite television to get our local ...

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Sleeps: 6

BushGlam Luxury Holiday Home

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hoedspruit District

27.7km North of Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

BushGlam Luxury Holiday Home comprises three modern bedrooms, two state of the art bathrooms, spacious lounges, dining area and fully equipped kitchen. Outside is the perfect area to relax, here you can enjoy your own private pool and six seat...

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Sleeps: 40 in 7 units/rooms

Maduma Boma

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hoedspruit District

28.3km North East of Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Maduma Boma is a self catering game conservancy situated about 35kms from Orpen Gate of the Kruger Park making day visits to the park perfect, and enables you to visit all the other wonderful attractions in the area, like Gods window, The Potholes...

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Lisbon Hideaway

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Graskop

29.3km South East of Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

We have 3 luxury 6-sleeper chalets consisting of two spacious bedrooms each. The chalets are complete with a bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a lounge with a double bunker bed. In addition, we have a 2-sleeper miner's cottage

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Tshukudu Bush Camp

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Hoedspruit District

30.5km North of Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Situated in the Central Lowveld near the Blyderiver Canyon and the Kruger National Park, close to Hoedspruit. Tshukudu, a Big 5 Game Reserve, boasts 5000ha of unspoiled bush with a lovely view to the Drakensberg Mountains

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Sleeps: 8

Woodlands Bush Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hoedspruit District

31.0km North of Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

This lovely 8 sleeper self-catering bush lodge is situated in the heart of the secure Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, apart from any neighbours and facing onto open bushlands, ensuring the ultimate in a private bush living experience. A watering hole outside

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Twiga Tower

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hoedspruit District

31.4km North of Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Twiga Tower Lodge is situated in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. The lodge consists of 3 double rooms with private bathrooms including one outdoor shower, sitting area, dining hall, gourmet kitchen, veranda and splash pool with braai area.

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