January 19

Panorama Route in Pictures

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By Marlin Clark on
January 19, 2024

If you haven't discovered South Africa's Panorama Route yet, get ready for a photo banquet! Located in the often-underrated province of Mpumalanga, this journey revolves around the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon and showcases a series of essential pit stops to explore. With 360-degree panoramas, wondrous waterfalls, and fascinating rock formations, this road trip reveals sights that words struggle to do justice. So, instead, join us on a visual scenic adventure, where every twist and turn treats you to awe-inspiring landscapes.


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Pedestrian bridge over the gorge at Bourke's Luck Potholes geological formation

Feel free to wander around, exploring the potholes and posing for a photo

Welcome to Bourke's Luck Potholes, which marks the start of the Blyde River Canyon. Here, you can explore the natural rock pools shaped by centuries of Treur and Blyde River convergence. There's also an expansive bridge to take in the magnificent red sandstone formation views.


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God's Window in Graskop

God’s Window – where Earth meets sky 

Perched on the Drakensberg Escarpment in Graskop, God's Window is a celestial viewpoint. As you stand at the edge, the views of the Lowveld seemingly stretch to infinity, offering a surreal connection between Earth and sky. The scents of mountain flora, the refreshing cool breeze, and the sensation of being "on top of the world" leave an unforgettable memory that transcends the limitations of mere pictures.


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Rock formation of three rondavels in Drakensberg

“Rondavel” is the English word for a round hut with a thatch roof

Resembling traditional African huts, the Three Rondavels are geological marvels and a testament to the sculpting forces of wind, water, and time. Best viewed from the Blyde River Canyon viewpoint, they offer a timeless silhouette against the backdrop of the canyon's sheer cliffs, captivating all who gaze upon their majestic presence.


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Picturesque green Berlin water falls in Sabie

Observe the mighty Berlin Falls from the special observation platform

Cascading gracefully down rugged cliffs, the Berlin Falls in Sabie hold a unique charm, named by German gold diggers expressing their fond nostalgia for home. Amidst greenery, the water plunges, creating a spectacle that testifies to the harmonious blend of nature and human history along the Panorama Route.


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Walking trail along the Lisbon Falls in the Blyde River Canyon area

Enjoy a hike to the highest waterfalls along the Panorama Route

Embark on a journey into nature through one of the invigorating hikes in the area. The trail near Lisbon Falls lets you see it up close, enveloped by lush landscapes and the calming symphony of nature. Whether conquering the challenging Long Tom Pass or leisurely strolling through the sublime Echo Caves, these trails ensure an immersive experience.


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Graskop Gorge zip lining and a suspension bridge

Take a brave leap at the Graskop Gorge

For thrill-seekers, the Graskop Gorge Zipline and Cable Swing Adventures suspension bridge promises an exhilarating adventure. Soar across the gorge, taking in unobstructed views of the region.


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Sudwala Caves

Put on your best Indiana Jones performance in the Sudwala Caves

Discover the ancient wonders hidden beneath the Earth at Sudwala Caves. These limestone caverns boast some of the oldest dolomite chambers on our planet, dating back over 240 million years. Visitors can marvel at the impressive rock formations, crystal-clear pools, stalactites and stalagmites, making Sudwala Caves a geological treasure trove that adds a subterranean dimension to your enchanting journey through South Africa's natural wonders.


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Landscape view from the top of the Blyde River Canyon

Landscape view from the top of the Blyde River Canyon

Standing atop the Blyde River Canyon, vistas unfold like a masterpiece all around you. The vast expanse of the canyon offers a spellbinding panorama (now the name of the route is starting to make sense, isn't it?) that stretches as far as the eye can see.


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Bourke's Luck Potholes

The detail of each pothole is simply mind-blowing

Delve deeper into the wonders of Bourke's Luck Potholes, where a closer look reveals the intricacies of cylindrical rock formations and potholes scattered across the landscape. Crafted over centuries by the ceaseless dance of swirling currents, these interconnected pools showcase the mesmerising collaboration between water and rock.


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The Pinnacle rock a very tall quartzite rock in Sabie

The Pinnacle is a natural showstopper if there ever was one

The Pinnacle Rock commands attention as a singular geological marvel along the Panorama Route. This towering quartzite monolith, shaped like a pointed pinnacle, pierces through the forestry, offering a strikingly three-dimensional contrast against its backdrop. 


Your Own Panorama Route Odyssey Awaits

Don't miss out on this extraordinary adventure! Reach out to our Travel Experts, who'll handle every detail, ensuring a seamless experience from start to finish. Add Mpumalanga to your South African safari itinerary so your journey to Kruger National Park can begin with the Panorama Route – a decision you won't regret. And don't forget to pack your camera so you, too, can capture the Panorama Route in pictures!

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Marlin Clark

Marlin was born in Johannesburg, but moved to Cape Town at the age of five. Growing up, he's always been fascinated with colours and shapes - the Lego blocks he was obsessed with as a kid are now repurposed as stationary holders on his desk. Marlin is inspired by all things beautiful, has a positive outlook on life, and is driven by a desire to make things that matter. In his spare time he enjoys expanding his knowledge on all things design-related, loves to travel, and find opportunities to improve his outdoor photography. He'll never pass up a good cup of coffee.

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