Type: Views, Waterfalls, Scenic Drives
Time needed: 3 Hour(s) to 5 Hour(s)
The Panorama Route in Mpumalanga offers some of the most magnificent and dramatic landscapes on earth combined with a variety of cultural attractions and adrenalin pumping activities. Running through the northern Drakensberg mountain range, spectacular views await you, as the inland plateau of the eastern part of the Great Escarpment declines steeply opening up fantastic views of the Lowveld Plains thousands of metres below. The most popular stretch of road is in the Blyde River Canyon area where a road branching from the R532 from Graskop, takes visitors on a scenic loop past sights such as God's Window and the Three Rondavels. God's Window is a magnificent view point, while the Three Rondavels are three dramatic 'rondavel' or hut shaped peaks. The road offers many vantage points from which to take in the panoramic views of the 33km gorge. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world. Notable sights include Bourke's Luck Potholes where intriguing holes have been eroded from the rock by the swirling river. The area is also home to a number of spectacular waterfalls. Another must-see is The Pinnacle, a single column of dolomite rock rising distinctively out of the gorge. Aside from enjoying scenic drives in the area there are also companies that offer the experience of a romantic hot-air balloon ride. Here visitors can gaze down as the wonders of the Panorama Route unfold below. The best time to visit the area is in the winter months when the view is unimpaired by the clouds that build up from the east in summer. The area is also home to a delightful array of wildlife, birdlife and plant life. For the adrenalin junkies the Panorama Route also offers a wide range of activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, gold panning and hiking.