The Panorama Route
The Panorama Route, with its breathtaking vistas around every mountain corner, waterfalls plunging down faces of sheer rock, memories of the gold rush following you as you meander down an endless river canyon, and eagles hovering above your head, is one of the key attractions in the area. You will experience mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon.
The small town of Graskop is the gateway to the 300 km long Panorama Route. Scenic landmarks with names like God’s Window, Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels beckon. Just a short drive away you will find the awe-inspiring Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls and Mac Mac Falls. A half hour’s drive from Graskop, the gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest gives you a chance to relive the 1873 gold rush in surroundings of unparalleled beauty.
From Graskop, head on to the Blyde River Canyon Reserve. Thread your way along the cliff 800 m above the Blyde River Canyon, and at God’s Window, be sure to walk in the thick, indigenous mist forest that’s often among the clouds.
The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are also well worth a visit. These giant potholes have formed at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers and mark the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon.
The area is also rich in flora and fauna. Some of the Panorama Route’s lesser-known, but no less fascinating, attractions are clustered around Ohrigstad. Echo Caves extend for 40 km into the rock, a limestone fairyland. At Ohrigstad Dam Reserve you can fish for yellowtail or carp on tranquil waters surrounded by mountains, an ideal refuge from the crowds in peak season.
If you are hungry, be sure to visit “Potluck Boskombuis – Bushkitchen” a charming restaurant in the mountains beside the Treurrivier (River of Sadness), where you can taste African cuisine at its best.