The Panorama Route

In June 2014, John and I went to South Africa to explore Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route.

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

We drove through Kruger National Park from sunup to sundown one day:


Kruger National Park

You can read all about that adventure HERE.

The Panorama Route is a scenic drive in the Mpumalanga province and home to the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world.

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

For an idea of the route, here is a map from Kwa Thabeng Bush Lodge’s website:

Map

After looking at the area, we decided to position ourselves in Hazyview because of its close proximity to the town of Graskop, the official gateway of The Panorama Route.

Ashbourne Country Escape

Ashbourne Country Escape is a beautiful home away from home and perfectly located for exploring both Kruger Park and the Panorama Route.

We knew we wouldn’t have enough time to see everything along the Panorama Route, but Ashbourne Guesthouse is near the sights we wanted to explore the most.

Panorama Route

God’s Window was our first stop.

Panorama Route

The cliff is 2953 feet above the ravine and offers a stunning panoramic view of the Lowveld.

Panorama Route

For reference, I am in the photo above. Can you see me?

We followed the path pointing to the rainforest:

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

That path led to another spectacular view!

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

It was so peaceful up there.

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

Our next stop was the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, named after a gold digger, Tom Burke.

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

This geological feature is situated at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde Rivers.

Panorama Route

They’re the result of decades of swirling water.

Panorama Route

It’s difficult to capture the actual size of these giant cylindrical potholes.

Panorama Route

And the whole area surrounding the potholes is massive, too.

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

I just couldn’t get enough of the smooth, sculptured rock.

Panorama Route

This is Nature’s art that was created over hundreds and hundreds of years.

Panorama Route

And it is a work in progress.

Panorama Route

Our host, Rob, recommended we stop at Potluck Boskombuis for lunch.

Panorama Route

At first you’ll wonder if you made a wrong turn:

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

Just keep following the signs:

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

This traditional South African restaurant is located on R532 and is a must when exploring the Panorama Route.

Panorama Route

The view is of the crystal clear Treur River:

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

And more colorful art from Mother Nature.

Panorama Route

The ladies in the kitchen prepared an amazing South African meal for us.

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

I recommend the Boerewors, South African sausage:

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

Potluck Boskombuis offers delicious traditional food in a gorgeous location.

Panorama Route

It was perfect.

Panorama Route

Our next stop was Lowveld View Point.

Lowveld View

Panorama Route

This is a great place to view the rugged peaks of the Blyde Canyon:

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

And the Blyde River flowing far below.

Panorama Route

Be sure to stop at the various guard-railed viewing platforms.

Panorama Route

The east is the view of the Lowveld between two peaks (Mapjaneng on the left and Hebronberg on the right) which gives this viewpoint its name.

Panorama Route

But to be honest, it doesn’t matter which direction you look:

Panorama Route

There is beauty everywhere.

About 4.5 kilometers from the Lowveld View Point is the Three Rondawels.

Panorama Route

A “Rondawel” refers to a round beehive-shaped hut, usually with a thatched roof.

Panorama Route

So you can see how these three huge pinnacles of rock got their name.

Panorama Route

Our last stop of the day was Lisbon Falls.

Panorama Route

The Lisbon Falls are 308 feet high, the highest waterfalls in Mpumalanga.

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

If you are heading to the Mpumalanga province, don’t think twice about renting a car and exploring all on your own.

Panorama Route

We use the TomTom app on our phone for navigation and most guesthouses and lodges will offer you a local map of the area.

Panorama Route

Of course, there are several places you won’t find on a tourist map. Don’t be afraid to explore those places, too.

Rob, our guesthouse host, took us on a little adventure one afternoon.

Panorama Route

He found this waterfall one day while flying arounds on his ultralight.

Panorama Route

It is a hidden gem and we were so excited that he chose to share it with us.

Panorama Route

We had a wonderful day exploring some of the Panorama Route’s scenic sights.

Panorama Route

Panorama Route

Maybe one day our travels will take us back to the Mpumalanga province so we can explore the rest of this picturesque area.

Panorama Route

Until then, Sien jou later Suid Afrika!

Panorama Route

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

If you’re planning a trip to Kruger Park and the Panorama Route, I highly recommend Ashbourne Country Escape in Hazyview for lodging. For more information, click HERE.

You can read all about our day in Kruger National Park HERE.

And for more on South Africa, click HERE.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *