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Blyde boat trip and Quad bike trail

Combo of 1h30 Blyde River Canyon Boat Cruise 30 seater (BCAC) and 1h00 Quad bike trail Franklynpark


Blyde dam boat trips open and compliant to Covid regulations

Activity Description

Enjoy the splendour of the third largest Canyon in the world. Unquestionably being the largest ‘green canyon’ due to its lush Subtropical foliage. An interpretation tour by a tour guide will take you to the you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon.

The Blyde River canyon supports large diversity of life, including numerous fish and antelope species as well as Hippos and Crocodiles, primate species and a diversity of birdlife such as the African Fish Eagle, African Finfoot and much more.

Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the “Three Rondavels”, huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels. The Canyon is famous for the Kadishi Tufa waterfall. At 200m (around 660 feet) in height it is the second tallest Tufa waterfall on earth. In the case of the Kadishi Tufa fall, the formation that has been produced strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as the weeping face of nature.


Duration1 hour 30 minutes
WhenOpen Monday to Sundays Closed on Christmas day
WhereBlyde River Dam jetty, 7km from Swadini, Forever Resort Use Forever Resorts Swadini to get the GPS Co-ordinates Entrance to the boat are from the R531 or the R527 Please take note that we are 140km from Graskop, 40km from Hoedspruit 120km from Hazyview
WeatherDepending on weather conditions
What to WearComfortable clothes, during winter time bring warm cloths
Things to BringCamera, bring something to drink and to eat. Please take note ALCOHOL ARE NOT ALLOWED on the boat
Guests or SpectatorsNo Spectators allowed


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Mpumulanga Tourism and Park Board (MTPA) enterance fee not included in the boat tariff
Cash payable at the pay point (bridge) of MTPA – no card facilities


Tariff structure: 2 – 12 years count as children above 12 years pay .adult price
Boat can be hired for private functions please contact our office.
As we don’t serve drinks or snacks on the boat, you are welcome to bring with.
Please take note that no alcohol is allowed on the boat

Customer Reviews

Excellent service - Modiegi Thobela

We thoroughly enjoyed the early morning boat cruise. Our guide was knowledgeable, shared lots of interesting information with us and was always on the lookout for birds and animals to point out and discuss. He (sorry, I have forgotten his name!) engaged with everyone from the young children to adults equally well and had good interpersonal skills. The Captain was friendly and got us around safely and close-up to sightings for us to enjoy. - Anne Robinson

Enjoy the boat ride thoroughly. Amazing experience from tour guide as well on the bigger boat ride. Absolutely loved it - Koketso Lesudi

We loved it. Everything about this cruise was perfect. Will definitely recommend or do it again. - Ponani Mthembi

Very nice trip and enthousiastic guide. We saw also a crocodile swimming & several hippo's. The nature & mountains are amazing. Well organized. We can recommend this trip. - Rob Rademaker

Activity Description

On arrival, you will be introduced to your quad guide who will give you a briefing on how to operate the quad bike.
The Quad bike trail will take you through riverine forest and bushveld surroundings. Flat areas with some hills taking you up and down.
Quad bike trail is done at Franklyn park at the foothills from Mariepskop Mountain. Small antelope can be spotted


Duration1 hour
WhenClosed on Sundays and Mondays Closed on 25-26 December and 1 January
WhereQuad bike trail is done at Franklyn Park. Franklyn Park is on the R 531 Lydenburg / Orpen Road. Between Kampersrus and Klaserie 1 Stop.
WeatherQuads not going out when it is rainy and during a thunderstorm
What to WearClosed shoes are the best. We supply you with a helmet, so it is not possible to wear a hat or your hair in a high bun. In winter it gets a bit chilli, so a wind breaker is a good idea.
Things to BringCamera and comfortable clothes
Guests or SpectatorsChildren up to 15 years can go with as passengers with a rider, not exceeding the limit of 120 kg


Minimum Age6 years
Minimum Height0.5 m
Maximum Height2.5 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight120.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsHelmet, Quad
ExclusionsItems of personal nature


Arriving at IFranklyn parl you will be introduced to your quad guide. The guide will then give you a briefing on how to operate the quad bike. There-after you will get the opportunity to train on a flat track before you depart for your out ride. Even if you have never been on a quad bike, you will be able to get the hang of it quickly.

Big groups will be split into smaller groups of 5 quads per group, each with their own guide and the guide drive according to the capabillity of the group.
If the group is is been split the other part of the group have to wait while the other is busy on the track

Minimum age to drive the quad: 16 years

Children can join the trip as passenger @ R130pp.

Customer Reviews

I have an amazing experience, It was very nice and I would like to come back. Thank you. - Chriselda Mandhlazi

The ride was every good we have enjoyed every moment of it, and we which to do it again - Sylvia

I had an amazing experience - Nyiko Mawele

It was a beautiful experience. - Lerato Ramaila

What an amazing experience we had at Franklyn Park, from the moment we arrived until we said our good byes. We were greeted by friendly, efficient staff and a welcome cup of coffee. Our guide - Simeon was amazing. He was knowledgeable of the area and patiently showed us how to operate the quad bikes. He had a lovely sense of humor as well. The terrain was lovely! Enough of a challenge to make it exciting, but not difficult at all :-) We finished our adventurous morning with a scrumptious picnic under the trees. Thank you so much for to the Blyde Canyon Adventure team for making our experience truly unforgettable ! I highly recommend them to anyone!!! - Fine & Country - Cristelle Stoop

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