Hike in the Blyde River Canyon

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The Bly­deriv­ier­spoort Hik­ing Trail has been re­opened – once again, you can ex­plore this scenic cor­ner of Mpumalanga on foot. The trail was closed in 2015 for ren­o­va­tions. The three-day trail runs from Par­adise Camp on the God’s Win­dow loop (R534) near Graskop, to the Bourke’s Luck Pot­holes, where you’ll stay on day three. You’ll hike about 30 km in to­tal – 3 km on the first day, 13,5 km on the sec­ond day, 13,6 km on the third day – in the Blyde River Canyon Na­ture Re­serve and on pri­vate prop­erty. Keep your cam­era ready for pho­tos of moun­tain grass­land, quartzite rocks, the Treur River Val­ley, indige­nous forests and the con­flu­ence of the Treur and Blyde rivers. Bring your swim­ming trunks: There are lots of places to take a dip, es­pe­cially at Clear­wa­ter, the cabin where you stay on the sec­ond night.

Cost: R1 350 per per­son. Groups of five or more get a 30 % dis­count. A slack­pack­ing op­tion is also be­ing planned – the rates will be an­nounced soon. How fit do I need to be? Even though the trail mainly fol­lows con­tour lines, you’re in a moun­tain­ous area so the fit­ter you are the more you’ll en­joy it. Ac­com­mo­da­tion: Each overnight cabin has 15 bunk beds with mat­tresses, flush toi­lets, braai fa­cil­i­ties, pots and ket­tles. You can or­der fire­wood be­fore­hand. Bring your own food, cook­ing equip­ment, sleep­ing bags, head­lamps and toi­let paper. Where can I leave my car? Park at Bourke’s Luck Pot­holes and use the shut­tle to the trail­head at Par­adise Camp. Book­ings: 013 759 5375; reser­va­[email protected]

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