African Travel Concept

The Panorama Route

As you pass the north-eastern part of the Great Escarpment in the northern Drakensberg, the land falls away sharply and opens up dramatic vistas of the Lowveld plains far below.

Welcome to South Africa's Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, accessed from Lydenburg in the west via the Long Tom Pass, the highest tarred road in South Africa, 2149 meters above sea level. The scenic drive meanders through dense forest and rugged mountains, passing through the region of Sabie, South Africa’s largest man made forest.

Breath-taking landscapes are punctuated by thundering waterfalls, steep mountains and the scenic landmarks of God's Window, Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Three Sisters. The road heads north to the Blyde River Canyon and Blyde Dam where a variety of wildlife can be seen including hippos and crocodiles,  wildebeest, impala, water-buck, kudu and shy ‘dassies’. Look out for the eagles and vultures that soar high in the sky, on the thermals above the Canyon.  At the confluence of the Treur and Blyde rivers at Bourke’s Luck, follow the trail and explore a series of Potholes created by the power of swirling, raging river water millions of years ago.

The little town of Pilgrim’s Rest is a historical gold mining story frozen in time. Developed during the Gold rush in the late 1800’s, the town has been declared a national monument and is a living museum well worth a visit.

In Hazyview, on the edge of Kruger National Park, a visit to the Shangaan Cultural Village will give insight into the Tribe’s culture and traditions. For exquisite handcrafted curios, visit the Marula Market.

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