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Panorama route

One of the most beautiful destinations at this part of South Africa is the Panorama Route, One you should not

miss! The Panorama Route will lead to spectacular views and beautiful nature.


The route will guide you through the rough mountain terrain of the northern part of Drakensbergen situated in the

province of Mpumalanga. You will experience views from the mountains into the depths of the

reserve a thousand meter below.


mapThe Panorama route will bring you

to Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s

Luck potholes and Gods window.

Other highlights are the waterfalls

of Graskop and Sabie and very

nice towns such as Hazyview,

Ohrigstad and Pilgrims Rest.


The Panorama route starts at Sabie

(Sabie is situated approx. 150 km

from Marloth Park – approx a 2

hours drive). From Sabie to the

Mac-Mac Falls, the Lisbon Falls

and Gods Window, to the Berlin

falls (a beautiful stop for a picnic in

the nature reserve Bourke’s Luck

Potholes).  From here to the Blyde

River canyon and the valley of

Pilgrim’s Creek to Pilgrim’s Rest

and back to Sabie. Of course you

can start and end the route were

you want or drive the route









Blyde River Canyon


Blyde River Canyon crosses the Drakensbergen in Mpumalanga. Drakensbergen (Dragon Mountains) are one of

the largest mountains of Africa. At Blyde Riversgate, were the rivers Treur and Blyde merge together, you will be

surprised by one of the largest wonders of nature of Africa. The impressive gorge of red sandstone, a nearly

vertically steep gorge to the river below. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon of the world. It is approx.

20 km. long and has cliffs of nearly 700 to 800 high from the river bed.














From the main road you can reach easily the many parking places with lookouts. A big part of the land

surrounding the gorge belongs to the Blyde river gate reserve, which is familiar of the variety in flora and fauna

and a large number of bird species. If you are Lucky you will see the black eagle of the rare duck tail Ibis, which

are having their bird nests on the rock formation. In this area you could also spot Klipspringers and badgers and

in the grassland the deer, reptiles and rodents.



Bourke’s Luck Potholes


panWere Blyde River and the river Treur

merge together you will find Bourke´s

Luck Potholes. You will have a great

stunning vertical view to the roaring water

with huge cylindrical sculptures.

The rocks have yellow and red layers and

far below you will see the potholes.

Bourke´s Luck Potholes is named after a

gold digger Tom Bourke,  who found some

gold here.






The three Rondavels


panThese three unique formed hills are

formed by erosion. They exist of lay stone

on which pine trees are growing. They are

called roundavels as they look as

roundavels, the houses of the traditional

Xhosa tribe. The top of the hills are called

after the three women of Chief Maripi

Mahile; Magabolle, Modoladikwe and

Maseroto. You can spot them already from

quite a distance as they emerge approx.

700 meter above the forest.





God's window


panParking places lead you to God’s

window. You will find here some

tourist market stalls were you can

buy souvenirs and there are sanitary

facilities.  God’s window,  at the most

southern part of the reserve, is an

opening in the mountain ridge, which

gives a spectacular view at  the

waterfalls, rock formations and







Pelgrims Rest


panPilgrims Rest is one of the best kept gold mine towns of South Africa. From

1873 till 1972 people were intensively looking for gold in the riverbeds and

mines around this town. The town is a lively museum with the status of a

national monument. The old houses are now nice curio shops but with an

exposure of history. Places of interest to see are the hotel, church and

historical bank building, which still are breathing the atmosphere of 150 years





panGraskop is a nice tourist town situated in a beautiful nature surrounding. It is a

good place to stop for a drink or to eat a famous pancake as Pilgrim´s Rest as

well as the waterfalls such as Lisbon and Berlin are in a short distance.


The rainy season is in January, February, but if you cross the mountain pass to

Pilgrims’ Rest, climate can change instantly as Pilgrim’s Rest has only 500 mm

rainfall per year.


Lisbon en Berlin Falls


panThese two falls are situated along road R 532, and are approx. 7 km. away

from each other. From Graskop you will go to Lisbon Falls (7 km from the

town). Here, at three different places,  the water falls 92 meter into the gorge.


The Berlin Falls are with their fall of 80 meter a bit lower than the Lisbon

Falls, Berlin falls is one big fall which drops into a one deep pool.

Both Lisbon and Berlin Falls are quite idyllic places!