Panorama Route, South Africa: our favourite stops and must see sights!

by | Nov 14, 2016 | Africa, Blog, Latest Posts, Road Trips, South Africa

The iconic Three Rondavels, beautiful viewpoints and stunning waterfalls make the Panorama Route a must see on any South Africa roadtrip. It runs along the eastern edge of the Drakensberg Mountains, the same mountains which are home to the Sani Pass, a mountainous pass which we were due to cross a few days later. We set out to explore en route to our safari search for the Big 5 in Sabi Sands on a gloomy and overcast South African day and fell in love with its rugged beauty and dramatic scenery: here’s a round up the best stops on the Panorama Route!

Our picks: where to stay on the Panorama Route

We based ourselves in HazyView which is an excellent gateway for exploring both the Panorama Route and Kruger National Park. it has good options for fuel and supplies before exploring the area. Here’s our picks for the best hotels which are excellent choices and well located.

  • Protea Hazyview: We stayed in the Protea Hazyview and it was very reasonably priced with good food options. The sunset views out over the countryside were incredible from the poolside terrace! – Click here for prices!
  • Bambuu Lakeside Lodge – Located just outside Hazyview is this oasis in the wilderness. Set on a lake this lakeside hotel isthe perfect place to chill our afger a long day exploring the Panorama route – Click here for prices!
  • Highgrove House: If you fancy some luxury while in Hazyview Highgrove House is a 5 star country retreat and, with only 16 guests, is an excellent boutique option and a very intimate setting – Click here for prices now!

 

 

Sunset from the Protea Terrace!

Sunset from the Protea Terrace!

 

1 | The Three Rondavels

Look familiar?! The Three Rondavels are shaped identically to the round, thatched roof beehive huts that are a common sight across the African countries. Once known as The Chief and his Three Wives in a nod to a legendary chief who was successful in battle the three iconic mountain tops tower over Blyde River Canyon. The Three Rondavels are definitely a highlight of our South Africa road trip!

The iconic Three Rondavels

The iconic Three Rondavels

Stunning panorama!

Stunning panorama!

2 | Pinnacle Rock

The freestanding Pinnacle Rock is one of our favourite stops on The Panorama Route and is reminiscent of a scene from a sci-fi movie! The rock seems to spring up from the ground and the views through the canyon are magnificent. This stop shows the power of nature at its finest!

Pinnacle Rock

Pinnacle Rock

3 | The Waterfalls

The Panorama Route is lined with beautiful waterfalls powering over the rock edge and Mac Mac, Berlin, Lisbon and the Bridal Falls are the most famous. The beautifully clear waters in the pools at Mac Mac and Berlin are perfect for a quick dip on a hot day.

Our favourite: Berlin Falls

Our favourite: Berlin Falls

4 | Wonder View

The weather most definitely didn’t favour us at the highest viewpoint on the Panorama Route but the gloomy clouds and vast canyon made for a dramatic landscape. We caught brief glimpses of the Blyde River below when the clouds parted and it well was worth the wait!

Walking to the end of the world!

Walking to the end of the world!

Those views!

Those views!

5 | God’s Window

The views at God’s Window make it one of the most popular stops on the Panorama Route. On a clear day it’s possible to see Kruger National Park and even Mozambique and on a not so clear day there’s forests for as far as the eye can see. We met a school bus of South African school children at God’s Window and had great fun chatting and taking pics!

God’s Window

God’s Window

We’re on our way Kruger!!

We see you Kruger, we’re on our way!!

6 | Bourke’s Luck Potholes

The smooth potholes, carved out by decades and decades of river erosion, are more akin to a work of art than a product of nature! The potholes are formed where the swirling waters of the Treur and Blyde Rivers meet at the start of the Blyde River Canyon. It’s one of the most expensive stops on the Panorama Route so be sure to bring a picnic and make the most of the entrance fee!

South Africa Panorama Route Must See Sights

Sunset from the Protea Terrace!

Sunset from the Protea Terrace!

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