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The cottages are situated along the majestic Panoramic Route of Mpumalanga/Limpopo Province, just a 40-minute drive to the Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate.

Blyde Canyon Cottages are set in the heart of the tranquil Blyde River Botanical Reserve, surrounded by the breath-taking Drakensberg Mountains. This 85ha game-fenced area offers travellers a unique and unforgettable bush experience. The cottages are on a separate property within the reserve and is about 100 metres walking distance or a two minute drive from the lodge.

Accommodation – 3 separate cottages, let out as one booking

Sunbird Main Cottage – master bedroom, en suite bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, lounge and dining area

Bush Baby Cottage – two bedrooms, shared bathroom, kitchenette (2nd bedroom ideal for children)

Mongoose Cottage  – two bedrooms, shared bathroom, kitchenette (2nd bedroom ideal for children)

There is also a shared ‘lapa’ (thatched gazebo) with a kitchen, cooking and braai facilities as well.

There is also  a rock pool under the shady trees.

The cottages, which are serviced daily, are tastefully furnished and each main bedroom is equipped with an air-conditioning unit. Guests will love the serene gardens surrounding the cottages and may be lucky enough to see zebra, wildebeest and other wild game wander by.


The cottages are perfect for self-catering, however full English breakfasts and dinners are served daily and delicious country cuisine is available at Blyde River Canyon Lodge on request..

We adhere to Covid 19 protocols


TV with access to Netflix in the Sunbird Cottage

The following activities are available in the area:

  • Boat Trips
  • Anne’s Cafe
  • Micro Lighting
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Quad Bikes
  • Private Game Drives
  • Jessica the Hippo
  • Hoedspruit Reptile Park
  • Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre – Cheetah project
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Horse Riding
  • Kruger National Park
  • Elephant Interaction
  • Hiking Trails
  • Kruger Park Day Game Drives
  • Big 5 Morning and Afternoon Game Drives

Valid 16 December 2022 to 15 December 2023

Blyde Canyon Sunbird Cottage1R1650.00
Extra ChildrenR412.50 each
Max 6 to 10 Guests

Valid 16 December 2023 to 10 January 2024

Blyde Canyon Sunbird Cottage1R1800.00
Extra ChildrenR450.00 each
Max 6 to 10 Guests

Check Out Time is 10.30am

As we are in a reserve, please note that Check-in time is from 2:00pm to 6:00 pm unless other arrangements have been made. A surcharge can be applied at the discretion of management.


50% required on booking

30 days prior to arrival – 100%


Cancelled bookings 0 – 20 days prior to arrival; 100% of booking price.

Cancelled bookings 21-45 days prior to arrival; 50% of booking price.

Cancelled bookings 46-60 days prior to arrival; 25% of booking price.


Cancellation fees are only levied if losses are incurred as a result of the cancellation. Should the accommodation be resold, cancellation fees on the full booking fee will be refunded less a 10% booking administration fee. All reservations, amendments or cancellations are only valid if evidenced in writing by e-mail or fax Transferring bookings or postponement of bookings is considered a cancellation but can be looked at individually at the discretion of the management. Please note: The above cancellation policy is not applicable to bookings or Expedia bookings

Please note: The above cancellation policy is not applicable to third party bookings

Location & GPS Coordinates:

S 24º 30’ 42,79”          E 30º 50’ 12,79”

Please use GPS co-ordinates in conjunction with written directions; they can direct you on a longer route.

We are located at the entrance to the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. The lodge is situated four and a half hours north of Johannesburg/Pretoria.

From Johannesburg and Pretoria:- Take the N12 from Johannesburg and the N4 from Pretoria, past Witbank (Emalahleni) and Middelburg to Belfast.
Turn onto the R540 at Belfast to Dullstroom and Lydenburg (Mashishing).
When you come into Lydenburg (Mashishing) turn left onto the R36 to Origstad, travel through Origstad, travel straight past the R532 turn off, travel straight through the Abel Erasmus Pass, travel straight on the R36 through the Strijdom Tunnel, (the tunnel is 21 km from the R532 turn off).
After the tunnel the road automatically changes to the R527 to Hoedspruit. Travel straight on this road for 24.5 km from the tunnel and then turn right onto the Jonkmanspruit /Driehoek Road D1803 (if you cross the Blyde River you have gone too far). There is a sign board that says Blyde River Canyon Lodge just before the bridge.
Drive about 14 km and you will find a T- junction, turn right and drive for 500m and we are on the right in the Blyde River Botanical Reserve. Turn right into the Blyde River Botanical Reserve and this leads to the BLYDE RIVER CANYON LODGE where you will check in for the BLYDE CANYON COTTAGES.

Please Note: All Traffic fines must be given in writing. It is illegal to pay cash “spot fines” to a traffic official. Legitimate fines can be paid at a police station (does not have to be immediately) insist on a receipt. When not sure ask for advice by SA Police Corruption Line 082 451 7044 24 hours, you do not even need to give your name.