The Panorama Route, running along the northern most part of the Drakensberg Mountain Range, is alive with exquisite landscapes, natural wonders, awe-inspiring waterfalls, intriguing history and of course the Blyde River Canyon.
We visit quaint mountainside towns surrounded by cascading waterfalls, discover tales of optimistic adventure from the area’s past gold rush and experience spectacular views from atop the escarpment of Kruger National Park and the Lowveld, stretching out from the base of the mountainside nearly 1000m below you. On route, is Bourke’s Luck Potholes, where nature’s Might is evident in huge potholes formed in the rock of the riverbed by the convergence of river currents. Then, of course, the crown jewel of the Panorama Route, is the famous Blyde River Canyon, which is not only magnificent to behold, but also the largest green canyon and 3rd largest canyon in the world.
Pick-up: 7 am Drop-off: 3 – 4 pm
Includes: Guide, transport, lunch, all entry fees, any other costs as per arrangement and included in final quotation/invoice.
Excludes: Gratuities, drinks and all other costs not included on final quotation/invoice as arranged or mentioned above.
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Driving through the town of Sabie, you will be given a brief introduction, elaborated throughout the day, on the history of the gold rush that took place in the areas surrounding and learn about the revolutionary forestry boom, a huge driving force and major industry, who’s influence began in the late 1800’s and still exists today.
Lone Creek Waterfall
Our favourite waterfall on The Panorama and an exquisite cascade, plummeting 70m into the rock pool below, where one can brave the icy water to stand underneath the waterfall or view it from the bridge that leads across the stream created by these torrenting waters.
God’s Window (Wonderview Viewpoint)
God’s Window is more famously known but far less impressive, in our opinion, than Wonderview, which just so happens to be the highest viewpoint on the Panorama Route. This breath-taking viewpoint looks out from the escarpment of the Kleine Drakensberg, with a sheer drop of nearly 1000m to the mountain’s base below, awarding the sightseer an awe-inspiring panorama of the Lowveld region and bushveld areas below. On a very clear day one can see an impressive distance into Kruger National Park and even as far as Mozambique!
Blyde River Canyon (Three Rondewels Viewpoint)
The 3rd largest canyon in the world, Blyde River Canyon, is now a 25km long stretch deeply cut into the escarpment by rivers eroding tons of rock over time. Travelling alongside roughly 12 km of the Blyde River Canyon, we step onto the edge of the Three Rondewals viewpoint, which overlooks an immense section of it and the deepest part of the canyon, Blydepoort Dam below.
Bourke’s Luck Potholes
Massive potholes, artistically carved by Nature into the solid rock of the riverbed, have been formed over ages by the turmoil created in the convergence of two rivers, the Blyde & Treur Rivers. Now, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, allows one the opportunity to gain a great view of this incredible phenomenon, from a series of pathways, boardwalks and bridges leading over and around the rivers and potholes below.
Lunch at a famous Pancake House in Graskop Town
To end off a day of such overwhelming natural-beauty, that’s bound to have assaulted the senses and stir the emotions of even the dreary and dull, we head to our favourite heart-warming pancake house for some real feel-good food, in the form of freshly made fluffy pancakes. One can choose a savoury or sweet filling, from a great variety of options. After lunch, sit back, let your meal settle and enjoy the scenic drive back to your lodge for the night or an alternative drop-off point as arranged.
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