The third largest canyon in the world The Blyde River Canyon is known for being the largest forested canyon in the world. The views from the rim are spectacular, especially the renowned view that includes the Three Rondavels. There are mountain reedbucks on the escarpment, dassies on the canyon walls, hippo and crocodile in the Blyde Dam and a rich selection of birdlife throughout, including a breeding colony of the rare bald ibis.
God’s Window looks out over the Drakensberg escarpment dropping 1000m below, offering a view of the lowveld stretching out towards the Kruger National Park. Magnificent montane forest, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls can all be seen.
With Blyde Dam boat cruise you enjoy magnificent views of the third largest canyon in the world. The Blyde Canyon is especially renowned for the 200m Kadashi Tufa Waterfall, sometimes known as ‘the weeping face of nature’ due to its formation. An abundance of wildlife resides within the lush subtropical foliage of the canyon and can be spotted from the boat whilst cruising the river. During the boat trip, one can discover the natural history of the area and the Three Rondawels as well as the animals and plant life that inhabit it.
The Treur River plunging into the Blyde River has caused waterborne sand and rock to create huge potholes, some six metres deep, into the bedrock of the river. This natural water feature is known as Bourke’s Luck. There is a well-developed picnic area here and a series of walkways and bridges that enable visitors to get great views of this amazing geological feature. Another attraction at Bourke’s Luck is the visitors’ centre, which has numerous interesting displays. A newly developed, 180 m circular trail, accessible to the physically disabled, starts at the visitors’ centre and has as its main theme the lichens found in the area.
A home for many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and a highly regarded contributor to wildlife education in our country. Situated in the shadow of the majestic “Mariepskop” this unique Rehabilitation Centre is home to many animals and birds. Some of them are the rescued Lions from an Egyptian Circus: Queen the Crowned Eagle, Chui the Leopard, Jolly & Juba the Cheetah ambassadors and many more. The Centre has a long standing and successful Serval Breeding Project which is a success story. Moholoholo is the only facility in South Africa to have successfully bred the endangered Crown Eagle.
The flight starts 70km North of Johannesburg in the breath-taking Magalies River Valley in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, which boasts some of the safest and most reliable ballooning weather in the world. Flights can also be done over the Mabula Private Game Reserve as well as Entabeni Safari Conservatory in the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere.