Panoramic Route

As we left Kruger and started the very (very) long drive back to Johannesburg on the last day of the safari, we did the Panoramic Route along the way. The Panoramic Route is a scenic route that runs through Mpumalanga. Most of it is along the highest tarred road in South Africa (http://www.places.co.za/html/panoramic_route.html)… It runs through the northern part of the Drankensberg Mountain range. It has three main stops or features. Blyde River Canyon – which is the third largest canyon in the world, after one in Tanzania and the Grand Canyon. Next are the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which are really beautiful rock formations formed through rushing water on the rocks creating crevices and holes, which, well, don’t look like potholes, but I get where they were going with it. It has created, over time, tons of small waterfalls and just amazing rock features. It was my favorite part of the route. I wanted to spend all day there with a picnic lunch, just jumping and playing on the rocks. Finally, there’s God’s Window. If you’re at a good vantage point there, you can see for….ever. It’s unbelievable. We unfortunately went on a slightly overcast day, but we could still see how magnificent the view is. From any three of these locations, which are all very close together, you can see 33 meters down into the biggest gorges and waterfalls, down to the Blyde River. I adored the Panoramic Route and so would love to go back one day. It was magnificent.

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