Panorama Route through the Drakensberg Escarpment in Mpumalanga, South Africa
Travelling the Panorama Route through the Drakensberg mountain range in the province of Mpumalanga in South Africa- Excellent stopp-over on the way from Johannesburg to the Kruger Park. The Drakensberg is part of the Great Escarpment which fringes the South African inland plateau, the Highveld, and separates it from the Lowveld and the coastal plains. A beautiful mountain area. Scarcely populated. Apart from the two little towns Sabie and Graskop - which offer excellent accommodation and restaurants. The scenery is magnificent. With many hiking opportunities. Also through indigenous rainforests and to impressing waterfalls. The MacMac Falls for example or the stunning Lone Creek Falls near Sabie. Highlight of the Panorama route is the Blyde River Canyon. From the viewpoints you look into a the 700 m deep gorge. Beyond the gorge the mountains plunge down over 1000 meters. And in the distance you can see - far below - the Lowveld - where the Kruger park lies. The rounded rock formations on the eastern slopes of the canyon resemble African round huts. That is why they are called the "Three Rondavels".