With views, waterfalls and endless skies, it’s no wonder they call it the Panorama Route. Pictures don’t do South Africa’s most beautiful road trip justice. And while many may choose to safari in the north, the Panorama Route, centred around the Blyde River Canyon, can be found in the often-overlooked province of Mpumalanga.
South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province is home to the Panorama Route, aptly named for its endless number of stunning vistas and otherworldly splendour. Visitors can explore this serpentine route as it ambles along the Long Tom Pass (the highest tarred road in the country) and passes rock faces dotted with emerald flora, rotund boulders, showering waterfalls, and the small towns nestled in valleys.
The Drakensberg Escarpment houses the town of Graskop, long-considered the proverbial gateway to the Panorama Route’s most iconic attractions: God’s Window, extending majestic views of the Lowveld beyond; the Blyde River Canyon, best experienced from the viewpoint overlooking the Three Rondavels; or the Blyde river dam and Bourke’s Potholes, curious inter-connected rock pools that have formed over centuries.
A number of waterfalls populate this verdant region: Horse Shoe, Lone Creek, Bridal Veil, and Lisbon to name but a few. A hike through the sublime Echo Caves is also well-worth the effort. Charming towns dot the way: Sabie, home to the largest sawmill in the country; Pilgrim’s Rest, stuck in time as the site of a late-nineteenth gold rush; and Hazyview, conveniently close to the Kruger National Park. Visitors will definitely want a few days to explore all that this magnificent part of the world has to offer.
- Home to magnificently picturesque landscapes as well as the fascinating Pinnacle and Three Rondavels rock formations
- The Long Tom Pass is the highest tarred road in South Africa and promises magnificent views of this stunning region
- Outdoor activities abound from hiking and rock climbing to fishing and boat cruising
- The Panorama Route is a wonderful trail to take when making your way to the Kruger National Park
- Several waterfalls dot the region along with quaint towns such as Pilgrims Rest