Rafting in Blyde River Canyon, Upper Section Blyde River Nature Reserve, Limpopo South Africa

Rapids :
Grade 3-4
Paddling Area:
8 km/5 mi
Limpopo is the northernmost province of South Africa and named after the second biggest river in Africa, River Limpopo. It borders with Botswana to the West, Zimbabwe to the North and Mozambique to the East. Characterized by primeval indigenous forests, majestic mountains and unspoilt natural setting, it is an adventure seeker's haven.

Taking its name after the Dutch, meaning “Happy River”, Blyde River is South Africa’s national treasure, permeated between high cliffs and vast vegetation. It is the third biggest canyon and the largest vegetated canyon in the world, offering a stunning white water rafting experience. The river has steep gradients with rapids ranging from steep long drops to technical rapids.

Level of difficulty here is hard with grade 3-4 rapids. The paddling area covers a distance of 8 km/5 mi and a 5 km/3 mi boat cruise over dam. This intense adventure lasts a whole day and in some cases overnight with the minimum age restriction set at 16 years old for practitioners. Advance booking is necessary with a minimum pax of 6.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Polokwane
221km/137 miles 3 Hours 9 minutes
The trail starting point is the Mariepskop. From Polokwane, Head east towards Game Sb Main Rte and take a slight right onto Mark St. Continue to take onto R71 and later turn right onto R528. Turn right to merge with R36 and then continue to take the left onto R527. Turn right and then right again and onto Blyderivierpoort Dam.
Polokwane Airport,
53km/33.4 miles

Limpompo has a number of train stations and arrival and entirely depends on your designated destination.


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