Belvedere Hike, South Africa

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

While visiting the must see tourist attraction of Bourke’s Luck Potholes in Blyde Canyon, I checked details on the not-so-popular Belevedere hike.

You must register at Bourke’s Luck. Pay a trail fee of about $5 in addition to the parking fee of $5. Start the hike before Noon and be back by 4pm.

I talked them into letting me start well past 1pm, promising to do a trail run to make up the time. I ended up checking out at about 4:30pm.

The trail down into Blyde River canyon is easy to navigate.

Follow the blue footprints.
Follow the blue footprints.

Promoted as “strenuous”, I’d more call it “overgrown” and “non-maintained“. Only the most agile will be able to avoid all the spider webs.


It is pretty, though.

Not many tourists get down off the rim into the canyon. I saw nobody else on the trail this day.

The now defunct Belevedere hydro-electric power station is 400m below the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Built in 1911, it was once the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

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It’s about 10km to here and back up.

This abandoned hiking shelter has a fabulous location. I wish it would be restored.



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One Reply to “Belvedere Hike, South Africa”

  1. Hello,

    I would like to make the Belvedere day walk with some friends in august and I have some questions that I would like to ask:

    What is the pick-up permit? I have the Wildcard Do I need this permit in anyways?
    Is the hike a round trip? Meaning that it ends where it stops?
    Do we need to book in advance?
    Can we make it by our own or should we have a guide?

    Thank you for your help.



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