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Stop At: God's Window, on the Drakensberg escarpment South Africa
A magnificent viewpint to the lowveld and as far as Mozambique.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Moremela South Africa
This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur as the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River caused waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Three Roundavels, Blyde River Nature Reserve Northern End of the Drakensberg Mountain Range South Africa
Both geological wonders are on the Panorama Route, a highly popular tourist drive to follow when exploring the province, and, depending on which way you choose to drive along the 16 kilometres of the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels either starts or ends your journey.
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 threesome visible from the N1 in the Free State lower down in the country).
Once known as The chief and his three wives – the flat-topped peak represented Mapjaneng, famous for opposing invading Swazis in a memorable battle is on the right, whilst the rondavels are three of his more troublesome wives – Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maseroto.
The view point is spectacular. From here one looks over the canyon to the Three Rondavels on the other side of the northern edges of the Drakensberg range of mountains. An outlook that is overwhelmingly beautiful and deserves more than a moment's respite.
The beautiful to look at formations are explained geographically as the slow erosion of underlying soft stone, leaving the exposed quartzite and shale rondavels at which we marvel. Whatever their origin, they are undoubtedly breathtaking. Together with God's Window and Bourkes Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels are a highlight of any trip along the third largest canyon in the world.
NEED TO KNOW
Take the R532 from Graskop to the Blyde River Canyon which begins at Bourke’s Luck and ends at Three Rondavels.
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ATTRACTIONS NEAR GRASKOP
BERLIN FALLSBLYDE RIVER CANYONBLYDE RIVER NATURE RESERVEBOURKE'S LUCK POTHOLESCROCODILE BRIDGE GATEFOREST FALLSGOD'S WINDOWGRASKOP GORGEGUSTAV KLINGBIEL NATURE RESERVEKADISHI TUFA WATERFALLKRUGER NATIONAL PARKKRUGER NATIONAL PARK TOURSLISBON FALLSMAC MAC FALLSMARIA SHIRES FALLSPINNACLE ROCKROBBER'S PASSSABI SANDS GAME RESERVETHREE RONDAVELS
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Berlin Falls, On the Sabine River, 5660 South Africa
Berlin Falls gets its name from miners who ventured to South Africa from Europe during the gold rush, and named each waterfall in the region after their home towns, or places from their home countries.
Visitors to the Berlin Falls can explore the area by foot, enjoy a picnic around the waterfall, and even take a dip in the pool at the base of the waterfall. Be sure to look out for the Blyde River Protea which is endemic to this area. Birding enthusiasts will also enjoy the numerous bird species which can be found in this region of the Mpumalanga escarpment. Binoculars and bird identification books are highly recommended.
The falls are on the Sabine River and fall 80 metres (260 ft), dumping into a circular basin flanked by red cliffs.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, R543, 2351 South Africa
Duration: 2 hours