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Panorama Route

The scenic Panorama Route, with various viewpoints, runs along the top of a section of the escarpment between the Mpumalanga Highveld and Lowveld. It offers incredible views and we strongly recommend it. The Route may be approached from Ohrigstad or from the logging town of Graskop.

The Panorama route includes the following attractions: (1) The Pinnacle a vertical rock column in a narrow gorge. Looking down on the gorge the pinnacle is accentuated against a backdrop of the Lowveld a few hundred meters below. (2) God’s Window with pathways on the edge of the escarpment that takes you to different viewpoints with vistas on the Lowveld. (3) World’s View offers wonderful views over the Lowveld. This viewpoint is favored by buses due to easy access. (4) Bourke's Luck Potholes are situated at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde Rivers where the fast flowing water, over millions of years, eroded the rocks causing huge very scenic round potholes. (5) The Three Rondavels viewpoint offers views over the Blyde River canyon with three buttresses on the Eastern side that resemble three rondavels (traditional round shape for huts).

Tours that include Panorama Route

Blyde River Canyon

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .

Hole-in-the-Wall

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.

Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .

White Rhino in Kruger

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R13,905 per person sharing (±US$ 1,019 )
R3,230 single supplement (±US$ 236 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


The 5 Day Wildlife Experience Scheduled Tour, starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. It includes the Makalali Private Game Reserve, the Panorama Route, The Kruger National Park, The Mthethomusha Game Reserve, a game drive and walk in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.

Highlights: Makalali Private Game Reserve , Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Swaziland , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , St. Lucia Estuary & Lake .

Elephants at a Kruger National Park waterhole.

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R12,540 per person sharing (±US$ 919 )
R2,425 single supplement (±US$ 177 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


Our 4 Day Kruger Wildlife & Mountain Scenery Scheduled Tour departs from Johannesburg and lets you explore the Panorama Route, interact with elephants at Elephant Whispers, visit Shangana Cultural Village, view wildlife in the Kruger National Park, as well as Mthethomusha and go in search of wild horses at Kaapsehoop.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Elephant Whispers , Shangana Cultural Village , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Kaapsehoop .

Panorama Route attractions

Part of the Blyde River Canyon on the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon is located in Mpumalanga - South Africa, just north of the town of Graskop. It is the third largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon (USA) and the Fish River Canyon (Namibia). It is the largest green canyon in the world.

The Three Rondavels, Mapjaneng and other peaks rising high above the Blyde River Canyon below.

Three Rondavels Viewpoint

Of all the view sites along the majestic Panorama Route, Three Rondavels arguably offers the best views. The view point, ±60 km north of Graskop, lies just above the broadest section of the Blyde River Canyon.

Wonder View, adjacent to God's Window on the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Wonder View

Wonder View is the highest viewpoint on the Panorama Route and offers a 180 degree view over the Lowveld. The drop down to the Lowveld from the Panorama Route is approximately 900 m. On a clear day it is possible to see the Kruger National Park and the Lebombo mountain range in the distance.

God's Window viewsite on the Mpumalanga escarpment, part of the scenic Panorama Route.

God's Window

God's Window, part of the popular Panorama Route, is a viewpoint on the Mpumalanga Escarpment with beautiful vistas of the Lowveld below. God's Window is clearly signposted from the R534. It's a 50m walk from the car park to the edge of the escarpment.

The Pinnacle, a free standing rock formation on the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga - South Africa.

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle is the first viewpoint on the Panorama Route, if you approach the Route from the town of Graskop. It is a 30m- / 100ft high quartzite rock needle in a ravine that leads to the Lowveld below. The Ngwaritsane River flows down the ravine, cascading over eight waterfalls.

Bourke's Luck Potholes is a natural phenomenon at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde Rivers.

Bourke's Luck Potholes

The Bourke's Luck Potholes is one of the stops on the Panorama Route in South Africa. At this viewpoint visitors have the opportunity to walk along pathways and to view the potholes created by the fast flowing Blyde- and Treur Rivers in the rock bed of the river.