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Posted on: Thursday, 7 February 2013

Exploring the Panorama Route

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The Panorama Route

The Panorama Route

The Panorama Route is situated in Mpumalanga Province at stretches from the town of Graskop (the official gateway) and then includes famous South African attractions like the Echo Caves, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. As the home of these popular tourist favourites, the Panorama Route  is frequented by visitors from all over the world.

The province of Mpumalanga is a particularly lush, fertile one, with tropical and subtropical vegetation. This means that vistas of the landscape are peppered with green mountains, densely vegetated valleys, deep canyons and pristine clear waterfalls that thunder down in an impressive display of the power of nature. These verdant surrounds are, naturally, home to a number of awesome animal species, which combine with the flora to make the Panorama Route a very memorable must-see for locals and international visitors alike.

Here are some of the features of the Panorama Route that tourists and visitors surely cannot miss:

Echo, echo, echo caves

Echo, echo, echo caves

  • The Blyde River Canyon is acclaimed as being the world’s largest green canyon, due to the thriving trees and plants that are found in here
  • The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are the result of years of water erosion. Despite this simplified explanation, they are incredible to see and undeniably beautiful
  • The Echo Caves have retained their deep sense of mystery, even after almost 100 years of being explored. They are a National Monument and rank amongst the oldest caves in the world. They extend for some 40 kilometres and were once used as drums to warn of approaching danger because the sound would travel so far once reverberated off the walls of the cave
  • God’s Window and Wonder View are vantage points that display some of the most awe-inspiring views in the world. These include views of the Lowveld and the canyon, as well as nearby rock formations and dramatic waterfalls
  • The Horse Shoe Falls, so named for their iconic rounded shape, are located on the Sabie River, and reminiscent of an authentic ‘fairy garden’ tale
Three Rondavels

Three Rondavels

The best time to tour the Panorama Route is between May and August, when the harsh summer heat has been replaced by temperate, dry winters.

Make sure you book your Kruger Park Accommodation or Sabi Sands Hotel today and enjoy the gorgeous accommodation options.

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Bourke's Luck Potholes


Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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