Panorama Route – a scenic drive

The province Mpumalanga in South Africa is known to be one of the most scenic areas in the country. Hence, it is a popular destination for visitors to South Africa. The province offers panorama views out of the ordinary, and the most popular driving route is the Panorama route.

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Gods window - Panorama Route

We arrived by flight from Johannesburg, and we went to the small town Graskop, which is the gateway to the Panorama Route. After a late lunch, we set off for this scenic drive.

This is three of the highlights from my amazing drive through the Panorama Route.

God´s Window
The first stop on the panorama route was the most famous viewpoint in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve: God´s window. The window is just a natural viewing point where you have a panoramic view over the valley – and what a view! They say that on a clear day you will be able to see over to Kruger National Park. We just made it to the top of the viewpoint before sunset, and it was a perfect time to visit, watching the changing colours in the horizon.

Along the small trail taking you to the top, there are several observation decks along, so make sure to take in the amazing view from all points.

Gods window - Panorama Route

Gods window - Panorama Route

Gods window - Panorama Route

Burke Luck Pot Holes – where joy and sorrow connects
The power of water is fascinating. The natural attraction of Burke´s Luck Potholes is the large pools created by centuries of water and sediments carved out on the rocks. It is here the river of joy (Blyde) and the river of sorrow (Treur) connects, and it was my favourite spot in Mpumalanga.

The inter-connected giant potholes are like a natural artwork.  Over time, some of the holes merge and new ones are formed, making this into ever-changing natural art.

There are trails, bridges and viewpoints to observe the potholes from several angles, and if I had time, I could have walked here for hours taking photos and observe the wonders of nature.

Bourkes Luck Potholes - Panorama Route

Bourkes Luck Potholes - Panorama Route

Bourkes Luck Potholes - Panorama Route

The Three Rondavels
This was the last stop on the route. The three mountaintops are formed like huge pinnacles rising above the Blyde River Canyon. They are shaped like traditional African beehive huts – also called rondavels.

The three peaks were earlier called The Three Sisters and The Chief and his Three Wifes. They rise 700 meters above the Blyde River Canyon floor, and this is another viewpoint giving you a panorama view of the canyon.

Watching the sunset from this place would have been a memory for life!

The three rondavels - Panorama Route

The panorama route has several more highlights, but with time as an issue to get the most of our time in Mpumalanga, we were not able to visit them all.

If you go for a drive here, just make sure to keep your focus on the nature you are passing by, the drive was an amazing experience itself!

What is the most panoramic view you have experienced on your travels?


I visited the Panorama Route when I joined the campaign #MeetSouthAfrica brought to you by the South African Tourism board, supported and managed by iambassador. As usual, Taste of Slow maintains the full editorial control of the content published on this site, and all opinions are my own.



About the Author Elin

I´m an Oslo based web publisher with passion for communication, travel and a green lifestyle. When I travel, I prefer to go slow, sustainable, and “live like a local”. Why slow? It is about challenging the cult of speed, and to enjoy the small things in life and to live in the present.

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