South Africa's Stunning Panorama Route - Natural Beauty and Historic Atmosphere Combined Considering the wealth of natural beauty to be found across Africa, it says something that the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga is widely considered one of the most scenic and dramatic locations on the whole continent. Consisting of a 285km stretch of road through the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon, the route offers a spectacle at every turn, from towering cliffs to plunging waterfalls, lush vegetation to historic gold rush settlements. Although it's possible to reach the area by long distance bus, being around 400km east of Johannesburg, it's when traversing the route by self-drive that the full experience can be appreciated - allow at least a weekend, and preferably a full week, to take your own time exploring its wonders. There is no official start or end to the Panorama Route, but the small forestry town of Graskop is well known for being a gateway into the Blyde River Canyon, and makes a popular base for exploration after booking in at Westlodge Bed & Breakfast. The history of the settlement can be dated to 1837, but today it is a thriving tourist destination where visitors can fortify themselves for [...]
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