PANORAMA ROUTE, BLYDE RIVER CANYON

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Wow. Yoh. Sjoe! The Panorama Route in Mpumalanga runs along the north­east­ern tip of the Drak­ens­berg es­carp­ment, where the Highveld steps down into the Lowveld. There are five wa­ter­falls, five view­points and other sights like Bourke’s Luck Pot­holes, a glass lift at Graskop and a shoe-shaped guest­house you can stay in next to the R36 north of Ohrigstad. The en­tire route goes from Sa­bie, past Graskop to the Three Ron­dav­els view­point. Don’t do it in one day be­cause it’s too much to take in. Make a long week­end of it, so you can also visit Ohrigstad and Pil­grim’s Rest. An­other rea­son to stay an ex­tra day is the weather: That part of the coun­try is a sum­mer rain­fall re­gion and it’s of­ten misty. If you have an ex­tra day, you might ac­tu­ally see why ev­ery­one raves about God’s Win­dow. Cost: En­trance fee at Bourke’s Luck (pic­tured) R55 per adult and R20 per child. TIP Most view­points face east so the best time to visit is late af­ter­noon, with the sun at your back. 013 764 1177; sa­bie.co.za; graskop.co.za – Esma Marnewick

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