Blyde Mountain Country House is located on the edge of Limpopo’s awesome Blyde River Canyon. Abounding in wildlife, its the worlds largest green canyon with a 33 km gorge and precipitous cliffs rising from the riverbed. The dizzying viewpoints - Bourkes Luck Potholes, The Pinnacle, Gods Window, Three Rondavels - are within easy reach.
Blyde Mountain Country House`s sweeping terrace offers a uniquely romantic lookout onto the dramatic canyon cliffs of the Drakensberg. Few of those who stayed at Blyde Mountain Country House will forget the views of this particular section of the northern Drakensberg which are nothing short of stunning.
When in season you can taste the local lemons, oranges, sensationally fibreless mangos, papayas, guavas, litchis and indigenous marulas as featured in your breakfast fruit salad.
The complex is surrounded by a fascinating selection of bird-inhabited trees and bushes and a carefully balanced garden. The main hall exhibits local art, and there is a curio/craft shop. The atmospheric bar opens out onto the terrace.
The elevated pool by the baobab trees with yet more views toward the canyon offers a refreshing dip, and you can tan on the reclining chairs. Barbeque meals can be prepared in the secluded lapa.
The idyllic sounds of nature often prove the best of tranquilizers for those who came primarily to unwind.
One can go white water rafting on the tumultuous river, or hike down the canyon slopes to watch the cormorants and observe and hear the lake's vociferous hippo population, or go on a cruise.
Birdspotting expeditions with a local expert in the canyon's higher reaches can be organised.
Or, reaching still higher, for truly panoramic views: how about a hot air balloon expedition or an elephant back safari? Of course, there are numerous game drives in the Kruger by day and night, you can go horse riding in the bush, or how about a game of golf at the Drakensig golf course ?
Local attractions include the Swadini Reptile Park, Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre (their documentary about animal orphans has been shown regularly on the Discovery Channel) and, the Kapama Cheetah project.
Those interested in the early days of the country's mining sector might enjoy a visit to Pilgrim's Rest.
The spacious guestrooms, seven in all, which are both intimate and comfortable, conjure up the latest word in contemporary organic design - the architect was involved in various building projects in post-wall Berlin.
All have en suite bathrooms, satellite tv, large king size beds, lofty ceilings with big fans and doors opening onto the garden and/or canyon views.
* Standard with shower and no views
* Semi luxury with shower (and some with bath) and garden views
* Luxury with bath shower and garden views or with private balcony and canyon views
Bedroom with small kitchenette & braai area. Twin beds or double bed (please specify which you would prefer) and sleeper couch for child/adult. En-suite bathroom with a shower. No views. DSTV, tea/coffee tray & air-conditioning. Near swimming pool.
Directions from Eastgate Hoedspruit Air(25KM)
Out of Eastgate Airport make a right towards Hoedspruit town. At the T-junction make a right on to the R40 towards Hoedspruit. As you get to Hoedspruit you will get to the first 4-way stop you pass the first stop and as you get to the second 4-way stop you make a left turn into Hoedspruit town. Keep going until the third 4-way stop and drive straight through town towards Lydenburg on R527
+/- 15km outside of Hoedspruit you will see the R531 Orpen road on your left hand side(Khumai Reptile park on right hand side ). Turn left at T-junction onto R531. 600m on your right hand side is our entrance. Big white board on blue painted wall. Blyde Mountain will be on your left hand side
Directions from Cheetah project to Blyde Mountain
Coming out of Kapama make a left on to tar road towards Klaserie. At the T-junction make a right onto the R531 towards Lydenburg. +/- 26 km on Blyde Mountain will be on your left hand side
Directions from Orpen
From Orpen Gate go straight for about 20-30km until you reach a T-junction. Turn right onto the R40 in the Hoedspruit/Tzaneen direction for 31km DO NOT TURN OFF THIS ROAD when you see the Hoedspruit Turn-off continue straight on. You are now on the R532 (its not indicated ). After about 10km you will see a sign for Swadini on your left, keep going straight shortly after Swadini sign you will the first Blyde Mountain 10km sign on the left hand side of the road. After about 7km you will find another T-junction towards Hoedspruit (ignore that too). Keep going until you see The Angling Club. About 600m from there on your left, the same entrance as Otters Den