Attractions - Kruger Lowveld
The Panorama Route
One of the country's most scenic self-drives, the Panorama Route, explores the Mpumalanga highlands, or the north-eastern section of the Great Escarpment of the Drakensberg. In these rugged mountains the plateau comes to an abrupt and dramatic halt, falling steeply away into the Lowveld accompanied by incredible views out over the grasslands of Africa.
The most popular stretch of the route is the R532 that winds its way from the town of Sabie via a selection of graceful waterfalls - the Sabie Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Mac Mac Falls - to God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the three Rondawels.
The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 1,944 metres (6,378 ft) above sea level, whilst its lowest point where the river leaves the canyon is slightly less than 561 metres (1,841 ft) above sea level. This means that by some measure the canyon is 1,383 metres (4,537 ft) deep.
The clue to the splendour of this attraction is certainly in the title. God’s Window is the most prime spot on the Panorama Route from which you will get a panoramic view of the Blyde River Canyon, the largest green canyon in the world. Standing on top of the Drakensberg Escarpment, you look down over the cliffs that plunge almost a kilometre down to the Lowveld, which then stretches out to what seems to be the edge of the earth.
Bourkes Luck Potholes
This geological feature named after Bernard Thomas Bourke , is situated at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde Rivers. Plunge pools have eroded a number of cylindrical potholes or giant's kettles, which can be viewed from the crags above. The pedestrian bridges connect the various overlooks of the potholes and the gorge downstream.
Barberton Makhondjwa Geotrail
The oldest well-preserved sequence of volcanic and sedimentary rocks spanning the time period of 3.5 – 3.2 billion years ago. The trail has 11 marked points, including Lebombo view which is 25km out on the trail. This is a beautiful lookout and perfect for a picnic. At this point there are examples of all the rock formations with descriptions for each
There are no toilets or cellular phone reception on the route, but travelers with passports can cross the border into Swaziland and visit the excellent Bulembu mining museum just 2km from the border where there are toilet facilities and a restaurant.