When you’re exploring a country, there’s something grand about finding that one viewpoint on the side of the road to brighten your day and broaden your horizons. What if we told you that there is a place in South Africa where you can find the most spectacular views imaginable around every corner. Welcome to the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga.
With one breath-taking view after another, our famous Panorama Route is filled with mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.
Here are some of the magnificent attractions that you can expect to find along the Panorama Route:
As a gateway to the route, this charming mountain town is a good place to set up base. Originally founded in 1880 as a gold mining camp, this town has an altitude of 1,400 metres above sea level. It is now a popular tourist destination and is renowned for its pancake bars and curio shops.
First stop is a little peak through God’s Window – a divine experience to say the least. With more than a few views to offer along the trail, if you want to soak up the soul of Africa this is the place to do it. There’s no greater way to gain some perspective.
Blyde River Canyon
As one of the largest canyons on the planet, this is a spectacular sight to behold. Some say that it may even be the largest green canyon with all its lush and unspoiled vegetation.
Along the Panorama Route you’ll come across three round mountain tops with slightly pointed tops. These are in the likeness of traditional round or oval African homesteads known as Rondavels.
Bourke’s Luck Potholes
Next up you’ll find a true natural wonder. Bourke’s Luck Potholes is a tapestry that nature has painted with water over hundreds of years. Here the river has carved out a dramatic and intricate series of natural rock formations and pools that will leave you in awe.
Take a trip back in time and enter the museum town of Pilgrim’s Rest. It was here that gold was first discovered in South Africa. Walk in the footsteps of old gold prospectors and pioneer your way through history.
There are eight waterfalls that you can visit on and around the Panorama Route. They are blissful as they are glorious and including Mac Mac Falls, Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls to name a few.