Car, Check. Picnic Basket, Check. Camera, Check. Sense of Adventure. Check. Fresh air, Check. Ready for a scenic day trip on the Panorama route along South Africa’s largest canyon : the Blyde River Canyon ?
Let’s drive through the well known south african panoramic route which stretches along the Blyde River Canyon, filled with mists. Its beautiful sunrays, grasslands, riverine forest and the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve are only the tip of the iceberg of the visual delights that you experience on this road trip. Most of the road meanders amongst lush green vegetation with breathtaking views.
The first stop once you drive to the north from Graskop is the Pinnacle — a thin, tree-topped, 30m-tall. And its quartzite rock just below the view point. God’s Window, 4km further, offers the first view over the opened Lowveld and one of the most spectacular viewpoints in South Africa. At an altitude of 1730m, it is the highest viewpoint in the area and very well named. It is no wonder that Mpumalanga is nicknamed the Paradise of the Country !
Then we followed the winding road until it leads us to the Lisbon Falls, the highest waterfall in the area with a drop of 37 m. This area is filled with many waterfalls. Nearby you can visit Berlin falls, just to name a few ! Just North, the «Bourke’s Luck Potholes» are a geological phenomen which have taken thousands of years to form strange cylindrical scultures carved by swirling water.
To follow… End of part 1
By Erika Costa
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