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Panorama Route, Blyde River Canyon & God's Window


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One of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world!

The Panorama Route is one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in South Africa. It leads through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg. Here, in the north-eastern part of the Great Escarpment, the inland plateau declines abruptly and steeply and opens up fantastic views of the plains of the Lowveld a thousand metres below. This view is most reliable in the dry winter months. At other times the spectacle is often impaired, since the escarpment is a barrier for the clouds coming from the east, rising at this point and bringing a lot of rain.

The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon which can be reached from Graskop via R532. Just a few kilometres north a small loop road leads to Gods Window, from where you will enjoy a wonderful view on the Lowveld. The Canyon starts at Bourkes Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge. The Potholes are very impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion. The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris.

In the area of the Greater Panorama Route between Lydenburg, Ohrigstad and Hazyview provide numerous scenic attractions and pretty historic towns like Pilgrims Rest and Sabie, which are well worth a visit.

 

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