Exploring 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:
- 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
- There are a number of nature reserves and game parks along and near to the Panorama Route. These include the world-famous Kruger Park as well as the Ohrigstad Dam Nature Reserve, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Mount Sheba Nature Reserve and Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve
- The Three Rondavels are three little mountains with rounded tops that closely resemble traditional African huts (or 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.
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