Things to do
On-site activities and facilities include the following:
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Blyde Canyon, A FOREVER RESORT offers some of the most spectacular hiking trails in Mpumalanga. For your own safety it is essential that you complete the trail register at reception to ensure that the Resort staff can be aware of movements on the trails. Please fill out the register before you leave and notify reception once you have returned back from your hike. It is also essential that you take along sufficient liquids to drink, as some sections of the trails could be quite tiring. Please take care to only leave your footprints behind as you are walking in a pristine Nature Reserve.
KADISHI-TUFA TRAIL – WATERFALL
This trail takes approximately one and half hours to complete and is fairly easy. It runs along the Kadishi River that is a tributary of the Blyde River. It incorporates a lovely Tufa Waterfall which is a great phenomenon involving the building up of the rock behind the waterfall as opposed to the eroding away of the rock. As a result of the high calcium content of the water and the result calcium carbonate perception (known as the weeping face of nature) – Rate per person @ R75.00.
This trail takes just over 3 hour to complete and requires a reasonable level of fitness. This scenically diverse trail offers beautiful views of the canyon’s features before descending into the lush vegetation of the Kadishi River Valley. A lovely swimming spot and a small Tufa waterfall are uncounted at the point where the trail crosses the Kadishi River – Rate per person @ R125.00
This trail takes about 4 hours to complete and requires a reasonable level of fitness. It offers a spectacular view of the Blyde River, Blyde Dam, Three Rondavels, Mariepskop and other features of the Blyde River Canyon. A variety of Biomes with their specific vegetation types are encountered on this trail. Although Leopards are seldom seen on the trail due to their shy and nocturnal habits, their spoor are often seen – Rate per person @ R155.00
This trail takes about 2 and a half hour to complete and requires fitness as well as agility; the trail may be slippery after a rain. The river is crossed several times so be prepared to get your feet wet. Walking through the indigenous riparian forest makes one feel as though you have stepped into another world – Rate per person @ R105.00
BEFORE EMBARKING ON YOUR HIKE PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Rates above are for groups of 8 hikers or more, smaller groups will be take, but the rates per person will increase to make up the amount for the 8 hikers minimum e.g. a single hiker doing the Kadishi-Tufa trail will pay R600.00 – please book at least 3 days prior to the date you would like to hike to make sure there is a guide available for your group.
- Please sign the hiking register at the reception before you hike and on completion to sign back.
- Never walk alone.
- Give yourself enough time to complete the hike before dusk.
- Have a map of the area which includes your intended route.
- Stay on the trail at all times.
- PLEASE DO NOT LITTER please keep it in your bag and then throw away when you see a dustbin.
- Ensure you have sufficient water for the duration of your hike and take some snacks along
- Wear comfortable boots/hiking shoes with a good grip.
- Take a hat, sunscreen, jacket, jersey, light raincoat and a cell phone.
- A basic first aid kit & small torch may be useful in the event of an accident.
- Insect repellent will help prevent irritating insect bites, please also note that you must check yourself for ticks as we are in a nature reserve.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while hiking – it may cause dehydration.
- Please do not light fires at any point along the trail.
- In the event of an accident or any other emergency, please inform reception or any staff member.
Please note that prices are subject to change without any notification
EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF BLYDE CANYON ON HORSE BACK
- Breath taking view of the famous “World’s End” view point
- Trail horses are in good condition, you will be accompanied by an experienced trail guide
- The trail takes you through Montane grasslands surrounded by undulating hills, here an abundance of wild flowers and butterflies can be seen in spring and summer, Grey Duiker and Chacma Baboons are often encountered and occasionally even the elusive serval. As you progress you will pass through a thicket of silver cluster-leaf trees, these lovely trees are known as an indicator species as they indicate the presence of a seepline
- The trail goes past the “HUB of Knowledge” (Academy), and then follows the crest of the hill, so that unless the mist is too thick, the rock cliffs in the valley below can be clearly seen. A breath taking vista, the renowned World’s End view point awaits you at the edge of the Plato
- The horses are temporally tethered and you are free to clamber about on the rocks to find the ultimate viewing spot
- Relax and enjoy the wonder of nature before resuming your ride back to the stables
- The rates for this beautiful trip is as follows
- For between 1 and 1 and a half hours - @ R190.00 per person (depending on time spent at view point) – Adults to 6 years and up
- TODDLERS (05 years and younger) may ride with a parent at an extra cost of @ R60.00 per child sharing
- Weight limit of guest to ride must not exceed 100kg
- Riding Times
- First Morning ride is @ 11:00
- Second Afternoon ride is @ 15:00
- BOOKINGS IS ESSENTIAL
- Please to make your bookings at Reception / Front Office at least 1 and a half hours before riding time to avoid disappointment
- Please be at the stables at least 15 min before riding time, for helmet fitting (helmets is compulsory) and mounting of horse, and also to understand the rules and regulations of the stables.
- Please note that prices are subject to change without any notification.
- PLEASE DO ENJOY YOUR RIDE AND THE BEAUTY OF NATURE ON HORSE BACK.
- Blyde River Canyon
- Bourke’s Luck pot holes
- Eco Caves
- The Pinnacle
- God’s Window
- Variety of beautiful waterfalls like the Bridal Falls and Mac-Mac Falls.
- Kruger National Park (Paul Kruger Gate +/- 146km).
- Pilgrim's Rest
A fantastic flight that allows you to fly with the birds and offers an eagle’s eye view of the nature’s gift to Mpumalanga: deep and secretive gorges, luscious valleys with indigenous greenery, rushing rivers and cascading waterfalls. Take a look through God’s Window, the spectacular getaway to the fascinating rock formations of the Blyde River Canyon and hovering passed such phenomenal natural sights as the Three Rondavels (huts) and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Gaze in awe at the beautiful landscape. Kindly contact reception for further information.
The Kruger National Park, proclaimed in 1926, is not Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary, but it is probably the best known. There are numerous eco-zones, which allow for a tremendous bio-diversity of mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish species. This wildlife area, almost 350 kilometres from North to South and averaging 60 kilometres form (from) East to West, comprises of over 20 000 square kilometres of unfenced natural bush where you can experience the thrill of Africa’s big 5 during a game drive. Our well informed staff would be happy to arrange full day trips or guided tours on your request.
Escarpment Panorama Tour The Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa’s largest mountain range, were formed by a massive volcanic eruption. In the Mpumalanga Province these mountains divide the cool Highveld in the West and the low coastal plains to the East, Creating an array of scenic beauty, with its landscapes of mountains, waterfalls, forests and scenic lookout points. Or explore the many enchanting sights and sounds that Mpumalanga has to offer such as the historic gold digger’s town of Pilgrim’s Rest; the spectacular vista of God’s Window, or the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon and the stone formations of the impressive Three Rondavels (huts) At the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers is Bourke’s Luck Potholes, where water over the centuries has carved huge potholes into the native rocks. Or experience the splendour of numerous natural waterfalls where you may choose to stop and relax.
Blyde Canyon, A FOREVER RESORT has commanding views of the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the (world. This) three and four star Resort is located a mere 160 kilometers from Nelspruit and 50 kilometers from Graskop. It is the ideal base for hiking trails and scenic trips by car to well-known Mpumalanga locations, including Pilgrim’s Rest.