10 Pictures from the Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, South Africa

by Mridula on August 18, 2013

in Canon D550,Photography,South Africa

One of the most beautiful days that I have spent has been exploring the Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa.

Drakensberg Mountains, Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Drakensberg Mountains, Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Our first stop was near this souvenir shop and we had a fabulous view of Drakensberg Mountains. Sam was our driver and guide. The roads were  a pleasure in itself with little traffic and a lot of traffic sense.

The Three Rondavels, Panorama Route, South Africa

 The Three Rondavels, Panorama Route, South Africa

The Three Rondavels was our next spot. Rondavels are traditional South African huts and the three mountains on the left resemble the huts, hence the name the Three Rondavels. All the natural attractions have ample car parking. They also have wheelchair accessible routes. The walking involved is not much by my standards.

Souvenir Shops at the Panorama Route, South Africa

Souvenir Shops at the Panorama Route, South Africa 

Not only the routes have beautiful stops, they were also full of colorful souvenirs shops. Bargaining is the natural way of shopping. I am not big on shopping but I also ended up picking more than I normally shop for.

Bourke's Luck Potholes, Panorama Route, South Africa

Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Panorama Route, South Africa

Bourke’s Luck Potholes derive their name fromTom Bourke who was prospecting for gold in the area. The potholes are part of Blyde River Canyon. They have been formed by the natural grinding of stones with water along the route.

Waterfall at Bourke's Luck Potholes, Panorama Route, South Africa

Waterfall at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Panorama Route, South Africa

There is a beautiful waterfall right along the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. As we were a bunch of Indians we all agreed that it was better to have potholes in a canyon than on the Indian roads.

The Berlin Waterfall, Panorama Route, South Africa

The Berlin Waterfall, Panorama Route, South Africa

Our next two stops were waterfalls. The first one is called the Berlin Waterfall. I was there in the harsh mid day light which doesn’t do much for the photographs. We also thought we wanted to spend one day at each attraction rather than doing all the attractions in one day. We had lunch at the famous Harrie’s Pancakes at Graskop. We got out after more than an hour, fully stuffed. The pan cakes are huge and delicious.

The Lisbon Waterfalls, Panorama Route, South Africa

The Lisbon Waterfalls, Panorama Route, South Africa

The bigger of the two waterfalls is the Lisbon Waterfall. As we had a few attractions left to cover, we this place in 15 minutes. I was the last person to get back to the car!

The Pinnacle, Panorama Route, South Africa

The Pinnacle, Panorama Route, South Africa

Our next stop was the Pinnacle. The Pinnacle is a single column of dolomite rock rising above from the valley. The sun was already casting long shadows and we still had to visit God’s Window, our last stop on the route.

God's Window, Panorama Route, South Africa

God’s Window, Panorama Route, South Africa

Our last stop was the beautiful God’s Window. The light was fading fast at this spot. How I wish we really had one day at each attraction so that I could photograph them in the best light.

Panorama Route, South Africa

Panorama Route, South Africa

With the light giving everything a golden glow, it was time to head back to a Sabi River Sun Hotel and then home the next day. It was a beautiful end to a beautiful journey. South Africa will always remain special.

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Niranjan August 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Beautiful shots Mridula!

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Mridula August 25, 2013 at 12:16 am

Thank you Niranjan.

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Barry E. Warren August 21, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Nice photos Mridula ,of your latest adventures.

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Mridula August 25, 2013 at 12:16 am

Thank you Barry. This was in May 2013.

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Sfurti Juztamom August 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Wow some shots are breathtaking!!

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Mridula August 25, 2013 at 12:14 am

Thank you Sfurti.

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Nagini August 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Wow..Breathtaking captures..:-)

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Mridula August 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Thank you.

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Rahul August 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

Very beautiful place! You have enticed me to visit it sometime:)

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Mridula August 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Rahul do go :D

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Rajesh August 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Beautiful place and well written. Your pictures makes me to add to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing

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Mridula August 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Rajesh hope you do go soon.

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KVVS MURTHY August 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Unseen beauty of South africa…great pics Mridula!

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Mridula August 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Thank you so much.

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Avinash Gupta August 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Lovely capture. I was staring the each ones for the while now. I will surely want to go there some day

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Mridula August 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Avinash I also want to go there again :D

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Shalu Sharma August 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Lovely pictures Mridula.

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Mridula August 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Thank you Shalu.

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matheikal August 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Picturesque places. The pics look like paintings. Ravishing beauty.

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Mridula August 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Thank you, so happy to hear that you liked it.

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