South Africa Mpumalanga Panorama Route Slide
The malaria-free Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga province brings you you along the Drakensberg escarpment which is a place of legends, secrets and hidden gold mines.
Sabie is a town set at the foot of the Long Tom Pass - the highest motor road in South Africa. Set in enviable natural beauty this pass also winds through massive timber plantations which historically provided timber for the props in gold mines. Today they support a thriving timber industry. Graskop, set up as a gold mining camp in the 1880's, is now the hub of this timber industry. Just outside the town is "God's Window" a cleft in the edge of the escarpment providing a unique view across the Lowveld.
The Mac Mac Falls, split in two, are one of many thundering falls synonymous with the forestry town of Sabie.
The Blyde River Canyon, within the Motlatse Canyon Provincial Nature Reserve, is part of some of the most unusual geological formations of the area, carved over centuries by erosion from the fast flowing waters of the Blyde River. This canyon has three viewing points, each with its own particular vista of the area. One of these spectacular sites is the odd shaped mountain feature known as "The Three Rondavels", shaped like African huts. The Borke's Luck Potholes were named after the digger who found a considerable amount of gold close by. They were formed by the continuous swirling action of the waters, where the Blyde and Treur Rivers meet.
The small mining town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a gold field in 1873 and has been preserved as a national monument. Today this quaint, nostalgic town is still full of the spirit of miners, who frequented 14 thriving taverns. Thousands of adventurers came here seeking their fortunes in the Pilgrim's Creek stream.