Graskop, Panorama Route
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The natural wonders of Graskop are probably the most photographed and painted scenes in the world. Situated in the magnificent Mpumalanga Province, Graskop is ideally located in the heart of the tourism region and is the gateway to the Panorama Route.
Graskop is a small town found on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment and the ideal base from which to explore all the sight-seeing venues in Mpumalanga including the Kruger National Park, Pilgrims Rest, Blyde River Canyon and so much more.
Graskop is a bustling tourism destination. With the ever growing amount of activities, Graskop will keep you busy from day to day. Of course, the spectacular scenery complements the many activities available. Graskop is also only a few minutes away from the scenic wonders of the Province including God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the world renowned Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondawels and the impressive waterfalls such as Lisbon and Mac Mac Falls.
God's Window boasts truly dramatic views to the South and East from various placed viewpoints, overlooking the almost sheer 300m drop into indigenous forest clad ravine. Being 250m higher than the pinnacle viewpoint, the total drop to the lands below is approximately 750m. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest in the world and one of South Africa's popular scenic wonders. The scenery of the 25 000 ha reserve is truly unsurpassed by any other. Its vegetation is both varied and lush and the rich selection of birdlife includes a breeding colony of the rare bald ibis.
The farm Graskop was so named because of the vast tracts of grassveld and absence of trees in the area. In the 1850s it was owned by Abel Erasmus, a rather adventurous character in hunting, prospecting and imposing law and order in the area. He left his name on a pass over the Escarpment. Today Graskop is the terminus of the branch railway from Nelspruit and a centre of a large timber industry. Graskop is also famous for the story ‘Jock of the Bushveld’ which dates back to between 1885 and 1887. Paradise Camp is where Sir Percy Fitzpatrick established his camp. Two chapters in his book are set in this area.
Graskop boasts a vast array of exciting activities including fantastic golf courses, hiking trails, 4x4 trails, horse riding, quad bikes, motorbike tours and much more! Besides its magnificent beauty, Graskop is also well known for its delicious pancake bars and delightful coffee shops! Graskop is one not to be missed. It is truly a spectacular experience boasting rich historical heritage and pristine beauty.
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The fresh mountain scenery and panoramic views over the Klein Drakensberg escarpment are quite spectacular and give the area its name of 'Panorama Route'. Viewpoints are named for the spectacle they offer, and God's Window and Wonder View hint at the magnitude of the scenery. The 'Pinnacle' is a ... more information
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve stretches for some 60km, its southerly reaches extending from just beyond the town of Graskop all the way north to the Abel Erasmus pass. The reserve's remarkable biodiversity includes one of the last remaining montane grassland areas in the province ... more information
Bourke's Luck Potholes are without doubt a major icon, but when thrown in together with the likes of the Three Rondawels, God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon and numerous magnificent waterfalls, one can become immune after a while. If you can, begin your wander around Mpumalanga with Bourke's ... more information
Crocodile Bridge Gate is the most eastern entrance to the Kruger National Park. It lies roughly 12 kilometres from Komatipoort, close to the Mozambican border. For those who enter the south-eastern parts of the park, this is the most direct way of doing so. Named after the Crocodile ... more information
With magnificent views, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls, God's Window is an area of breathtaking scenic splendour. It is no wonder that Mpumalanga is known as Paradise Country! Gods Window is so called for the panoramic view of the Lowveld more than 900 m down into lush indigenous forest ... more information
This has to be one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The reserve is 2200 hectares and the Klipgatspruit cuts the mountainous area into a deep valley. The main habitats include thornveld and bushveld on the low-lying areas, and montane grassland on hillsides and plateaus with protea ... more information
The largest game reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is larger than Israel. Nearly 2 million hectares of land that stretch for 352 kilometres (20 000 square kilometres) from north to south along the Mozambique border, is given over to an almost indescribable wildlife experience. Certainly it ranks with the ... more information
Guided day trips to the Kruger National Park: The largest game reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is nearly 2 million hectares of land that stretch for 20 000 square kilometres, given over to an almost indescribable wildlife experience. Certainly it ranks with the best in Africa and is a flagship ... more information
Mpumalanga might be the land of the rising sun, but it's also most definitely a place of waterfalls. The Sabie Waterfalls Route – Cinderella to the Blyde River Canyon and its incredible cliffs and views - is well worth taking time to do. And Mac Mac Falls is one of them. There are actually more waterfalls ... more information
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is undoubtedly the most exclusive private game reserve in South Africa. The 65,000-hectare Sabi Sands Game Reserve is located on the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. There are no restricting fences between the Kruger Park and Sabi Sands Reserve and the wildlife roams ... more information
Exactly as they sound, the Three Rondavels are three round mountain tops with slightly pointed tops, very similar to the traditional round or oval African homesteads made with local materials called rondavels. They are sometimes also called the Three Sisters (although this confuses them with a similar ... more information
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