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Panorama Route

Why visit the Panorama Route?

Breathtaking views, waterfalls and eagles soaring overhead will bombard your senses as you immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga.
Reasons to visit the Panorama Route include:

  • See the majestic, 33km long Blyde River Canyon, known as the world’s largest ”˜green’ canyon due to its lush foliage. 
  • View Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a dramatic series of rock formations and pools carved out by the sea millions of years ago.
  • Enjoy the spectacular landscape, with astonishing views seen from the aptly named ”˜God’s Window’.
  • Visit the old gold panning town of Pilgrim’s Rest, have a snack in Graskop famed for its pancakes!) or the Mount Sheba Nature Reserve, with over 100 species of indigenous trees.Explore the 40km Echo Caves cave system ”“ one of the rooms is 60m high.

When to visit the Panorama Route?

In the winter months from June to November, the scenic views are at their best as clouds can build up in the summer. Between May and August is the best time to visit for game-viewing because the vegetation is less dense, making sightings more frequent.

How to do the Panorama Route?

A great trip idea is to combine the Panorama Route with a safari in the Kruger National Park.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.


Visas are not required for British passport holders.


No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.



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