Blyde River Canyon Lodge
Nestled between the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and the sparkling clear waters of the Blyde River, Blyde River Canyon Lodge offers local and international travellers a unique bush experience. The Lodge is set in an 85 hectare Botanical Reserve which boasts a wealth of fauna and flora. Not only is the Blyde River Canyon Lodge a unique holiday experience, but is also “home away from home” for many astute and professional businessmen/women who make our lodge their regular place to stay whilst doing business in the area.
Blyde River Canyon Lodge is situated along the scenic Panorama Route in the Blyde River Canyon of the Mpumalanga/Limpopo Province. It is easily accessible to the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondawels, God’s Window and various waterfalls. The lodge is just a 40-minute drive to the Kruger National Park – Orpen Gate.
The Lodge is also rated 4-Star Superior by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa – excellent comfort and quality accommodation with a high standard of furnishings, service and guest care.
ABOUT THE LODGE & PEOPLE
Blyde River Canyon Lodge offers the highest quality of accommodation, we provide superior service to our customers and our guests leave with unforgettable memories of their stay. Our experience and commitment to excellence contributes to the fact that we are one of the best lodges in the area.
The Lodge is an idyllic sanctuary which lays in a shallow valley, soaring cliffs on one side and the tranquil flow of the Blyde River on the other. Places of water are places of life! Not only are the water courses of the Blyde River well populated with hippo and crocodiles, the Reserve is home to nyala, impala, wildebeest, zebra, Bushbuck, duiker, steenbuck, Kudu and bushpig. The towering Northern Drakensberg escarpment provides a canvas for nature to capture a masterpiece with each sunrise…experience it!
Vicky Mittan is one of those people who just have Africa deep in their bones. She was born in Kenya and often her family piled into their game vehicle and went off into the bush in the Serengeti and Amboseli . She is passionate about animals and when her father forbade her to ride horses, after a bad fall she went door to door to raise money to get herself back on the horse.
She and her husband, John Mittan and their two young children decided to go for the adventure of a new life Australia back in the 80’s, but Africa kept calling. Vicky was a successful businesswoman in Sydney with degrees in Accounting and Tourism when she and John came for a holiday to the Blyde River Canyon Lodge. Their son was working as a ranger at a game lodge nearby and they ended up at the lodge of the Blyde Botanical Reserve.
For Vicky it was love at first sight and over dinner she jokingly said to the owner that if the lodge were for sale they would buy it. Two weeks later they had bought the lodge and two months later Vicky had left Australia, moved into the lodge and taken over.
Guests at the Blyde River Canyon Lodge feel the special love that Vicky has for this land. Within weeks of arriving she had a bush baby and an orphaned impala. Guests from all over the world remember sitting on the wide porch of the lodge with Vicky watching the fabulous glow of the setting sun on the deep orange cliffs of the canyon.
When the lodge won first prize at the Bush Banquet last year all of the work that Vicky and her staff have put into making the lodge so special was rewarded. It was a big day for all and an indication of how well this lodge functions as a team.
The core of this success rests in the love that Vicky holds deep in her bones for Africa and it’s people.
Blyde River Canyon Lodge is an idyllic sanctuary which lays in a shallow valley, soaring cliffs on one side and the tranquil flow of the Blyde River on the other. Places of water are places of life! Not only are the water courses of the Blyde River well populated with hippo and crocodiles, the Reserve is home to nyala, impala, wildebeest, zebra, Bushbuck, duiker, steenbuck, Kudu and bushpig. The towering Northern Drakensberg escarpment provides a canvas for nature to capture a masterpiece with each sunrise…experience it!
Our stylish en-suite rooms and one luxury cottage all lead out onto lush tranquil gardens and include satellite television, air conditioning and tea trays. A full buffet breakfast is served daily on the beautiful outside deck whilst watching the zebra and wildebeest wander by. Delicious lunches and dinners may be arranged and enjoyed under the African sky or by firelight on those winter nights in our warm and inviting dining room.
Nature’s style and African decor compliment the beauty of one of South Africa ’s top lodges. Accommodation comprises five (5) double/twin rooms and one (1) Honeymoon Suite. All rooms are tastefully furnished, have en-suite bathrooms, and are fully air-conditioned and equipped with satellite TV as well as tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a two bedroom, two bathroom luxury cottage set aside from the main lodge which offers a lovely living area. Both the cottage and the luxury rooms lead out onto the tranquil gardens.
3 x TWIN ROOM (2 Single beds)
2 x DOUBLE ROOM (Queen size bed)
1 x Luxury Cottage (2 bed room 2 bathroom, not self catering)
The following activities are available in the area:
Recreational activities include lazing at the swimming pool or taking a relaxing stroll to the Blyde River with Mala! Savour the ambience of the bushveld under the canopy of ancient Jackalberry trees whose shade cascades over the natural lawn areas.
River Rafting and Tubing
Hot Air Ballooning
Quad bikes & Dirt Cars
Bombyx Mori Silk Farm
Private Game Drives
Kapama Endangered Species Centre – Cheetah project
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Kruger National Park
Elephant Back Safaris
The lodge is conveniently situated on the Panorama Route which includes the Three Rondawels, Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Berlin Falls and of course the unique Blyde River Canyon, which is considered to be one of the natural wonders of Southern Africa.
How to get to Blyde River Canyon Lodge
GPS Coordinates: South -24.51186 East 30.83694
From Johannesburg and Pretoria
Take the N12 from Johannesburg and the N4 from Pretoria. Past Witbank and Middelburg to Belfast. Turn onto the R540 to Dullstroom and Lydenburg. Take the R36 to Ohrigstad, Strijdom Tunnel and Abel Erasmus Pass onto the R527 to Hoedspruit and turn right on the Driehoek Road D1803. Travel 14 km turn right at the t-junction. Travel for about 500m after which you will turn right into the Blyde River Botanical Reserve and this leads into the BLYDE RIVER CANYON LODGE