SOUTH AFRICA | The Panorama Route

Updated: Jun 28, 2019

By far the most breath-taking landscapes I ever had the chance set my eyes upon. The Panorama Route stretches between Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park. Hang on to your seats, because this is going to be the most scenic ride of your life.

We had the chance to do this trip in both orders: Leaving from Joburg towards the Kruger, and leaving Phalaborwa to reach Joburg.

-> Full Google Maps itinerary here <-

The 3rd biggest canyon in the world

Following the Grand Canyon (USA) and the Fish Canyon (Namibia), the Blyde River Canyon is the 3rd biggest Canyon in the whole world. And, by far the biggest green canyon!

Do not miss out on the beautiful boat dam tours. Spend an hour on the dam watching for hippos, crocodiles, monkeys and birds. Also, be amazed by the Gorilla / or / Skull Cave on the cliff!

Mother Nature at its best

Beside the incredible waterfalls, you will encounter three main stops between Graskop and the Dam:

  • Three Rondavels: unique rock formations taking their name from the local huts.

  • Bourke Luck Potholes: historical place where the first pilgrims had many adventures. The two main local rivers meet at this point to form vortex and slowly over centuries dig the famous potholes.

  • Echo Caves: Quite a distance from the main road, we actually never had the chance to visit these as I only spotted this site recently. But as a cave lover, I am surely visiting it the next time.

On the Panorama Route you will encounter several waterfall, each being very unique. Do not neglect one based on its height. They all deserve a quick stop ;)

  • BridalVeils Falls (146m)

  • MacMac Falls (65m)

  • Lisbon Falls (94m)

  • Berlin Falls (80m)

Where to sleep

North of the Route: