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IS THIS SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST SCENIC DRIVE?

Determined to find out, Hlengiwe Magagula sets off on a road trip along the Panorama Route, taking in the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Pilgrim’s Rest and some of the other highlights of this magnificent region
PANORAMIC: Taken from the Three Rondavels Lookout, this photograph shows the Blyde River Dam, with the Three Rondavels on the right. These eroded outcrops are named for their similarity to the conical, thatched-roofed huts, traditional in southern Africa
The most scenic section of the R532, as it approaches the Three Rondavels, which are visible in the distance.

Picture an empty road following the gorge edge, with enticing side tracks leading to lookouts and waterfalls. Located in the Drakensberg, the Panorama Route is one of the most beautiful drives not only in Africa but the whole world

Imagine the Grand Canyon with forests and waterfalls. This is Blyde River Canyon, a spectacular chasm at the northern end of South Africa’s Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga Province. Now, picture a winding, empty road following the gorge edge, with enticing side tracks leading to lookouts and waterfalls… On the edge of the town of Sabie, the road rises, lined with flowering jacaranda trees. But my eyes are fixed on a brown road sign: ‘THE PANORAMA’. I have a frisson of anticipation. I’m finally on the Panorama Route.

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