Panorama RouteBlyde River Canyon
The Panorama Route is the collective name given for the region in Mpumalanga where spellbinding sights such as the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes can be found. Most of the sights can be found along the road branching off the R532 from Graskop. This road takes visitors on a scenic loop past sights such as God's Window and the Three Rondavels. The road also offers many vantage points from which to take in the panoramic views of the 33 kilometer gorge.
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world. The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are a number of intriguing holes that have been created by erosion of the rock by the swirling river. The Pinnacle is a single column of dolomite rock rising distinctively out of the gorge. Aside from enjoying scenic drives in the area there are also companies that offer the experience of a romantic hot-air balloon ride. Here visitors can gaze down as the wonders of the Panorama Route unfold below.
The best time to visit the area is in the winter months when the view is unimpaired by the clouds that build up from the east in summer. The area is also home to a delightful array of wildlife, birdlife and plant life.
For the adrenalin junkies the Panorama Route also offers a wide range of activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, gold panning and hiking.