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  • Elegant Victorian-African lodge with all the classic comforts, and roaming game on the estate
  • Set in the heart of the majestically beautiful Panorama Route, on the banks of the famous Blyde River
  • Warm passionate owner to help you get the most out of what the area has to offer

Blyde River Canyon Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

28km from Hoedspruit


-24.5122, 30.8366


Having lived with her husband and children in Australia for over a decade, Kenyan-born Vicky Mittan couldn’t shake her love for Africa, and her passion for the bush saw her leaving the land down under and returning to take ownership of Blyde River Canyon Lodge.

Situated on the banks of the sparkling Blyde River and shadowed by soaring cliffs, guests will immediately see why Vicky fell in love with the property. Apart from crocodiles and hippos in the river, the small private game reserve is home to nyala, impala, wildebeest, zebra, bushbuck, duiker, steenbuck, kudu and bushpig, some of which can be seen grazing under the shade of huge, ancient indigenous trees on the lodge’s lawns.

All of the rooms open onto this natural haven, with the chirping of birds and the flow of the river adding a soothing soundtrack for guests to immerse themselves in.

Under the distinctive scent of thatch, guests can enjoy authentic African-style luxury and modern comforts such as air conditioning, satellite television, wireless internet and tea/coffee facilities in all of the lodge’s nine rooms. 

The spacious luxury Queen rooms come with en-suite showers, while the twin rooms come with a choice of shower only or bath and shower. For a touch of romance and a bird’s eye view of the gardens, choose the luxury loft room with its Queen-size bed and en-suite corner bath with overhanging shower.

In combination with its dreamy setting, the honeymoon suite’s canopy King-size bed and spacious full en-suite bathroom make this room a superb choice for newlyweds and couples celebrating special occasions.

Families or travelling friends will love the spaciousness of the split-level luxury cottage, which has downstairs and upstairs bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms, along with an extra single bed for a child. Whether indoors in the large lounge or outside on the deck, there is plenty of opportunity for guests to unwind and spend some quality time with each other.

After waking to the sound of birdsong, guests head to the main lodge to start the day with a hearty breakfast in the dining room. The restaurant also serves up some tasty country cuisine for lunch and dinner, the latter of which is often accompanied by tribal singing and dancing.

Time at the lodge can be spent in the comfy guest lounge or outside at the cooling swimming pool, while the lush grounds are an ideal setting for a picnic.

For sundowners, take a stroll across the bridge over the river to the thatched deck, where you can fully appreciate the peace and quiet while watching the afternoon sun turn the mountains bright orange.

More exceptional natural beauty can be found on the doorstep of the lodge, which is located on the spectacular Panorama Route. This famous route along the northern Drakensberg escarpment is home to waterfalls, stunning rock formations and of course, the dramatic Blyde River Canyon, and makes for a very special outing which will keep you occupied for at least day. The area is also known as one of South Africa’s wildlife epicentres, harbouring many Big Five nature reserves and animal rehabilitation centres. Adventure is not in short supply either, with the rivers, mountains and bushveld providing a perfect natural playground for river rafting, tubing, horse riding, boat cruises and hot-air ballooning, to name a few.

Rates & Summary

3 Luxury Queen Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Opens onto gardens

3 Luxury Twin Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower or bath and shower
Opens onto gardens

Luxury Loft Room

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath with shower
View over garden

Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size canopy bed
En-suite bath and shower
Opens onto gardens

Luxury Cottage

Master bedroom with Queen-size bed
Second bedroom with twin beds
Master bathroom has en-suite bath
Second bathroom has en-suite shower
Single children’s bed in lounge
Large deck overlooking garden


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Continental and English breakfast included
Lunches and dinners on request


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Located on a private nature reserve, Blyde River Canyon Lodge is a secluded luxury retreat situated on the spectacular Panorama Route in Limpopo. Guests here can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the northern Drakensberg while using the lodge as a base to explore the area’s countless attractions. Run by an owner with a heartfelt passion for both people and nature, the lodge offers a stylish combination of Victorian-African accommodation on a beautiful property flanked by cliffs and a river. Guests share their tranquil stay with the wildebeest and zebra that wander around on the lawns.


  • Elegant Victorian-African lodge with all the classic comforts, and roaming game on the estate
  • Set in the heart of the majestically beautiful Panorama Route, on the banks of the famous Blyde River
  • Warm passionate owner to help you get the most out of what the area has to offer


The cottage is secluded and well-suited for long stays.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, mosquito repellent, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is well maintained and suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nature walks
  • Nearby: The Three Rondawels, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, waterfalls, game reserves, wildlife rehabilitation centres, boat cruises, river rafting, tubing, quad biking, horse trails, elephant back safaris, hot air ballooning, reptile park, silk farm.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • Licensed


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted







The Mopani region is a heady mix of mountain and bushveld, history and culture. Mopani includes the towns of Tzaneen, Giyani, Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. It also includes sections of the northern Drakensberg mountains, parts of the Kruger National Park and an eastern chunk of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. Think dramatic mountain scenery, ancient rivers and unspoiled wilderness reserves.

Mopani is named after an edible worm, of all things. The best way to discover the delights of the region is by exploring the Valley of the Olifants self-drive tourism route. This takes you through wilderness areas with excellent mountain views. It is this combination of mountain and bush that gives the Mopani region its special charm.

The route is named after the Olifants (Lepelle) River, which cuts its way through steep mountains and then flows through the Kruger National Park to join the Limpopo River.

From the quaint hamlet of Haenertsburg, north-east of Polokwane, the panoramic 40km-long Magoebaskloof Pass descends 600m in a series of dizzying bends to the subtropical town of Tzaneen. Every bend greets you with a different surprise: waterfalls, historic bluegum trees, lookout points, nurseries and roadside stalls.

Surrounded by blue-green mountains, Tzaneen is a laid-back centre of agriculture and farming. From here you can explore wilderness and mountains, visit the realm of the legendary Rain Queen, and see the country’s biggest baobab tree.

From Tzaneen it’s a pleasant drive through scenic bushveld to the towns of Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. Phalaborwa was established in 1958 after the discovery of huge mineral deposits. It is the central gateway to the Kruger National Park via the Phalaborwa Gate. It’s a small but busy town that reaches scorching summer temperatures.

Apart from having the biggest opencast mine in the world, Phalaborwa’s other claim to fame is that it’s the closest town to the Kruger National Park. It’s a five-minute drive from the centre of town to the Phalaborwa Gate. Residents are used to the ‘Hippo Crossing’ signs and the odd warthog trundling down the high street.

Hoedspruit is a centre for surrounding wildlife reserves, private reserves, game reserves and conservation centres. The town is known for its bushveld beauty and conservation ethos and is a stepping stone to assorted bush adventures. These include game viewing, birding, hiking, river rafting and mountain climbing.

The Mopani region also includes the eastern part of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, offering the essential ‘Kruger to Canyon’ experience that combines mountains and bush. Travellers from Mpumalanga to Hoedspruit will arrive via the scenic Abel Erasmus Pass, which descends 800m in its 24km length.

The highlight is the 133,5m-long Strijdom Tunnel where you emerge from cool darkness into bright sunlight nearly a thousand metres above the Olifants River valley.

Look out for

The northern Drakensberg & Wolkberg wilderness areas - he mountainous heart of Mopani is the Wolkberg Wilderness and Magoebaskloof. This is hiking, birding, fishing, strolling, rambling and botanising territory. If you’re into extreme stuff and adrenalin rushes, you can take a canopy tour, go kloofing, abseiling, river rafting, white water tubing and mountain biking.

The Realm of the Rain Queen - This is set in the village of Modjadji, in mountain foothills, near Tzaneen. It is said that Queen Modjadji settled here after fleeing Zimbabwe in the late 17th century. She brought with her special rain summoning powers, and started the matriarchal Bolobedu tribe. Modjadji is also home to the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, which has thousands of species of the rare endemic cycad (Transvenosus encephalartos) that dates back to the time of the dinosaur.

The country’s biggest baobab - The Sunland Baobab, as it’s officially known, is named after the farm where it has grown for over 4 000 years. This gentle giant is 22m high and has a 47m circumference. Get up close and personal with this giant at Sunland Farm, near Tzaneen. You’ll discover why the surreal baobab is a source of great legend, and the symbol of Limpopo province.

Kruger to canyon trip - The Mopani region’s hallmark is the combination of mountain and bush. The area between the central Kruger National Park and the eastern reaches of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon offers amazing nature and adventure opportunities. These include gentle sundowner cruises and tranquil bushveld walks, adrenalin-charged river rafting and gorge swinging. This part of Mopani has excellent views of lichen-clad cliff faces and dramatic kloofs and canyons.

The Lowveld and the Kruger Park - The Mopani region offers direct access to the central and northern parts of the Kruger National Park. It also leads to the Mpumalanga Lowveld, famed for its game-rich reserves. Just inside the Phalaborwa Gate is the Masorini Museum, a Late Iron Age archaeological site showing smelting furnaces, homesteads and historic implements. Another highlight is the Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp, which is an easy drive from Phalaborwa. Letaba is a pretty camp overlooking the river, where elephant sightings are practically guaranteed. In the northern Kruger Park, near Punda Maria, is Thulamela National Heritage Site. A significant archaeological site, with hillsides that are filled with stone ruins that tell the story of an ancient culture that settled here in the 15th century.

Bush to beach - It is now possible to take this route from the Phalaborwa gate all the way to the beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. Travellers drive through the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which includes the Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. The border post is a Giriyondo, near the Massingir Dam.

Kruger to Canyon Birding Route - This route starts at the beginning of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon at God’s Window. It follows Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route and enters Limpopo via the dramatic Abel Erasmus Pass. From there it leads to Hoedspruit and into the central Kruger Park.

Hans Merensky Golf Course - Undoubtedly the best golfing experience in Mopani. This famous course, designed by Bob Grimsdell, is adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It offers players a unique opportunity to tee off amongst the wildlife.

Wildlife and conservation - Apart from being part of a massive transfrontier park, the Mopani region offers incredible opportunities for viewing wildlife. It’s also a conservation centre. In and around Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa are a variety of wildlife breeding and rehabilitation centres. There are also ranger training camps and guided wilderness experiences.

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