Blyde River Canyon is 26 kilometres long and over 800 metres deep and is one of the most beautiful regions of the Transvaal Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa.
The first glimpse of its circular rock formations and it is evident why Blyde River Canyon is considered to be one of the greatest natural wonders in Africa. The red sandstone cliffs are almost vertical and in some sections, measure several hundred metres down to the canyon and river below. Indeed, after the Grand Canyon in the United States and Namibia’s Fish River Canyon, Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world.
Blyde River Canyon first attracted interest in the 19th century, although this was not caused by its natural beauty. In 1873, gold digger William Trafford made a sensational discovery that gave rise to a gold rush throughout the entire region. Blyde River Canyon does full justice to its legendary reputation as being one of the most breathtaking natural wonders on the entire African continent.