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This lodge is nestled between the Drakensberg Mountains and the Blyde River. It features elegantly decorated rooms that open onto tranquil gardens, where zebra and wildebeest wander by. Located in the entrance of Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Blyde River Canyon Lodge has air-conditioned rooms, decorated with wooden furniture. Each room has a satellite TV and an electric kettle. An English breakfast is served daily, and the guest house’s restaurant offers local dishes for lunch and dinner on request. Special diet menus are also available. Guests can relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy massage treatments. They can also choose from a variety of activities in the surrounding area, including hot air ballooning, rafting, horse riding and hiking. The Kruger National Park's Orpen Gate is a 40-minute drive, and free public parking is possible on site the lodge.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.5 for a two-person trip.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.5)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Free private parking available on-site

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Room type
Number of guests
1 large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
2 single beds
2 single beds
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
Bedroom 1:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 2:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 3:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 4:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 1:
1 double bed
Bedroom 2:
1 double bed
Bedroom 3:
1 large double bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 3
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Guest reviews


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  • Giada
    Everithing was Amazing. Highly recommanded Zebras, gnu, monkeys and others Animals comes walking in the Bush and close to you.
  • Wolfgang
    The location of the lodge in the green is great. The room size is enough for 2 people. 2 of the 3 staff we met were really nice, helpful and friendly. Both the breakfast, which was included in the price of the night, and the dinner, which had to...
  • Olivier
    United StatesUnited States
    Confortable room. Intimate atmosphere. Very nice staff. Good food and service

Hosted by Vicky Mittan

Host review score

Vicky Mittan
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 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 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.
The following activities are available in the area: River Rafting and Tubing Boat trip Micro Lighting Paintball Abseiling Hot Air Ballooning Kloofing Quad bikes & Dirt Cars Godding & Godding Silk Farm Private Game Drives Jessica the Hippo Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre – Cheetah project Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Horse Riding Kruger National Park Elephant Back Safaris Hiking trails 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.
Languages spoken: Afrikaans,English

Property surroundings

1 restaurant on site

  • Restaurant
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambiance
      Family friendly • Modern
    • Dietary options
      Halal • Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free

Facilities of Blyde River Canyon Lodge
Great facilities! Review score, 8.6

Most popular facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Hairdryer
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Mountain view
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Game drives
    Additional charge
  • Horse riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Hiking
Living Area
  • Desk
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
    Additional charge
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Tour desk
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • 24-hour security
  • Safety deposit box
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Private entrance
  • Packed lunches
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Room service
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Full body massage
  • Hand massage
  • Head massage
  • Foot massage
  • Neck massage
  • Back massage
  • Spa facilities
  • Sun umbrellas
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Massage
    Additional charge
Languages spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English

House rules

Blyde River Canyon Lodge takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 14:00 to 18:00

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in


From 08:00 to 10:30



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children 12 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 590 per child, per night
Cot upon request
ZAR 236 per child, per night
3 - 11 years
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 590 per child, per night

Prices for cots and extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Maestro Mastercard Visa American Express Cash Blyde River Canyon Lodge accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 22:00 and 08:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

A surcharge of ZAR 250 applies for arrivals from 21:00 to 23:00 while check-in from 23:00 and 00:30 costs ZAR 500. All requests for late arrival are subject to confirmation by the property. Check-in is not possible after 00:30.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please ensure that you are only booking this property following the local government guidelines of the destination, including but not limited to the purpose of travel, and maximum allowed group size.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.

Please inform Blyde River Canyon Lodge in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Payment before arrival via bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.

Dear Visitor, this region is currently experiencing drought conditions. Please be aware that certain properties are subject to comply with local water usage restrictions.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

FAQs about Blyde River Canyon Lodge

  • Check-in at Blyde River Canyon Lodge is from 14:00, and check-out is until 10:30.

  • Guests staying at Blyde River Canyon Lodge can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.5).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free

  • Blyde River Canyon Lodge offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Massage
    • Hiking
    • Walking tours
    • Full body massage
    • Swimming Pool
    • Head massage
    • Horse riding
    • Foot massage
    • Spa facilities
    • Hand massage
    • Back massage
    • Game drives
    • Neck massage

  • The prices at Blyde River Canyon Lodge may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Blyde River Canyon Lodge is 12.4 miles from the centre of Hoedspruit. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Blyde River Canyon Lodge has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant