Day Trip - Panorama Tour
Categories: Historical / Nature / Photographic
Blyde River Canyon - breath-taking views! This is a private tour, personally guided by John, in an air-conditioned 8-seater vehicle. Situated along the Drakensberg Escarpment, we visit some of Mpumala... [continued]
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Blyde River Canyon - breath-taking views! This is a private tour, personally guided by John, in an air-conditioned 8-seater vehicle. Situated along the Drakensberg Escarpment, we visit some of Mpumalanga's most spectacular scenery including Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavals, God's Window, Wonderview and Bourke's Luck Potholes . The tour would not be complete without viewing the impressive Lisbon and Berlin Falls.
Blyde River Canyon is one of South Africa's scenic wonders and is the only true canyon in South Africa. The scenery of the 25 000 ha reserve is unsurpassed, its vegetation both varied and lush and the rich selection of birdlife includes a breeding colony of the rare bald ibis. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge.
The Reserve is home to wildlife, some species of which are rare, such as the Taita Falcon found in only a few haunts in the world. It is also home to a variety of plants from orchids to lilies and tree ferns to cycads and has the highest plant diversity within Mpumalanga. Wildlife in the canyon area is as varied as the habitats. There are mountain reedbuck on the escarpment, dassies on the canyon walls, hippo and crocodile in the Blyde Dam, and impala, kudu, blue wildebeest, waterbuck and zebra on the Lowveld plain near the canyon's mouth.
The Three Rondavels, across the Blyde Canyon and at the end of the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, are huge triplet rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the canyon. The word "Rondavel" is a South African word that refers to a round hut-like dwelling (usually with a thatched roof). The three well known gigantic peaks of quartzite and shale with their sheer rock walls tower more than 700 m above the surrounding landscape.
Wonder View is the highest viewpoint on the Panorama Route escarpment in Mpumalanga accessible to the motorist. It has an even more magnificent view than the one at God's Window. At an altitude of 1,730 m this is the highest viewpoint in the area. No walking necessary as the viewpoint is right next to the road. On a clear day, this perch offers a 360-degree panorama of the peaks, plateaus, smooth hills, and curling towns that make up the lowveld area.
God's Window - One look down and you'll see why. So called for the panoramic view of the Lowveld (and in the distance the Kruger National Park and Mozambique almost 100km away) more than 900m down into indigenous forest clad ravine.
Bourke's Luck Potholes was dubbed nature's wishing well and is at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers. Over millions of years, waterborne sand and rock scoured huge cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river. The ravine in which these potholes lie reach a depth of 30m, though the actual potholes are generally about 6m deep.
At 92m the Lisbon Falls are the highest waterfall in the area as the Lisbon river cascades over the sheer cliff in a double stream and over a semi-circular rock face. A couple of kms and we arrive at the next spectacular waterfall. A short walk takes you to a vantage point overlooking the 45 m high Berlin Falls.
To complete your visit to this region famous for its wildlife, opt for a Kruger Open Land Rover Safari. Full Day R930, Morning or Afternoon R690 (excluding Kruger Conservation / Entrance Fees). Safaris in a open Land Rover are a true ‘Out of Africa’ experience with an elevated view of wildlife and individual seats to ensure guest comfort. We provide blankets for those chilly early mornings, waterproof ponchos to keep you dry in the event of a summer storm and quality binoculars for those sightings just a little too far. Mineral water and fruit juice are available whilst on the vehicle.
Safaris are led by our professional and personable guides who will entertain and enthrall you with their knowledge of the bush and its inhabitants.
Guest comments include: “The Kruger! What an amazing place. We were just in awe of the park, its flora and fauna, and rank it as one of the top two or three places we’ve been. We were so fortunate to see not only see the ‘Big 5’ (on day one!) but were privileged to see some other rare sights like lion cubs, a leopard with its kill in a tree, a hyena and probably a highlight, a cheetah just after sunrise” – Geoff Parker, Australia.
“Gavin was awesome, Tom and Meta are big birders and his knowledge of birds was a real highlight for them. They saw over 130 new birds. He was also outstanding giving information and you could tell he really loved the animals and that he enjoys his work very much” – Susan Keuning, Canada.