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Practical question on Panorama route

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Practical question on Panorama route


Practical question on Panorama route for people who are short in time. Coming from Johannesburg, and sleeping in Hazyview, what would you propose : Should we take the R36 via Ohrigstad northwards to the Blyde River Canyon and then heading back south via the Panorama route and Pilgrims rest to Hazyview ? Or is it better to go directly via Sabie to the Panorama route (R532) and heading back on the same route ? The first option would allow us to avoid taking the same road twice. But maybe the R36 is not interesting or would take too much time. Any suggestions ?


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1. Re: Practical question on Panorama route

Hi Hoedaf,

I usually take the route along the R36 through Lydenberg to Ohrigstad and up to Blyde River Canyon, then work my down to Pilgrims Rest at leisure. Depending on how I feel, I can skip some points and spend more time at others. I sometimes take the road from Lydenburg to Pilgrims Rest (Robbers Pass), depending where and when I plan for lunch (PR or Graskop). It normally takes the entire day, and I get to Hazyview for sundown.

One thing to keep a watch for along the R36 is potholes (particularly north of Lydenburg). That road is often in fairly bad shape, but if you drive carefully you should be fine.

Then on your return trip, you can take the quicker and more direct route via Sabie and Lydenburg (Long Tom Pass), or the N2. It depends a little on your timing, but I like taking the first day slowly, and heading back quickly.

Edited: 11:48 am, April 04, 2010
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