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By Focus Online Team on September 26, 2019

Top Stops Along The Panorama Route

A trip to Mpumalanga isn’t truly complete without a drive along the Panorama Route. Here you’ll find some of Mother Nature’s finest works of art inlcuding waterfalls, canyons and winding rivers.

The most popular stretch of the Panorama Route is the R532 that runs from the town of Sabie past some of the areas most spectacular waterfalls to God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Take a closer look at our top spots below.

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon is one of the major attractions along the Panorama Route. The canyon is one of the largest in the world and the second largest on the continent. This is one of South Africa’s most impressive natural landmarks.

Blyde River Canyon

Three Rondavels

The Panorama Route is not short of breathtaking vistas and the spectacular scenery – one of the most famous spots being the Three Rondavels viewing area.

The three stunning columns rise up from the Blyde River Canyon and tower about 700 metres above the surrounding area.

The three towers resemble traditional huts with a thatch roof, which are known locally as rondavels in South Africa.

Three Rondavels Panorama Route

Bourke's Luck Potholes

Bourke’s Luck Potholes, named after prospector Tom Bourke who discovered gold in the area in the late 1880’s, are a natural phenomenon created by the swirling river water.

The potholes are about 35km north of Graskop, at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde rivers. They were formed millions of years ago by swirling sand and pebbles, which carved potholes into the underlying riverbed.

Visitors can walk the 700m long circular path, over a number of bridges over the river towards the best vantage points. Bourke’s Luck Potholes also feature an interesting and informative visitors centre.

Mac Mac Falls

The Panorama Route is chock full with incredible waterfalls that are sometimes known as the Sabie Waterfall Route. This route consists of eight waterfalls, including:

Bridal Veil Falls
Lone Creek Falls
Horseshoe Falls
Mac Mac Falls
Maria Shires Falls
Forest Falls
Lisbon Falls
Berlin Falls

We recommend visiting at least two waterfalls on your journey so learn more here and decide where you’re going to go before setting off.

Berlin Falls

God's Window

The pinnacle of the Panorama Route, this is such a picturesque view point that it has been called “God’s Window”, due to the sheer natural beauty of the view.

God’s Window is located north of Graskop. From the view point you get a beautiful view of the panoramic Lowveld scenery and the magnificent Blyde River Canyon.

Be warned however – you will have to hike up the narrow pathway to actually see the view point.

Gods window Panorama Route

Whether it’s exquisite views or the peace and quiet of the outdoors that you seek, our team is here to help you take full advantage of your time along the Panorama Route. Don’t hesitate to contact us via email at reservations@hippohollow.co.za or fill in our online booking form here. We look forward to hosting you in Hazyview.

Image credits:
Vagrants of the World vagrantsoftheworld.com
Melanie Van Zyl

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