God’s Window, Mpumalanga
o brochure, website or travel magazine will prepare you for the spectacular view from God’s Window, one of the most scenic vantage points in South Africa, situated along the Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga province.
God’s Window is a highlight along what is known as the Panorama Route in the eastern Mpumalanga province. The natural wonders on the route range from cascading waterfalls to impressive mountain gorges. Along with God’s Window, other well-known spots on the route include Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, the Mac Mac Falls and the Blyde River Canyon.
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The little town of Graskop is famous for its pancakes. Try Harry’s Pancakes for a morning or afternoon snack.
God’s Window is one the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve’s most spectacular viewpoints, with astonishing views over South Africa’s Lowveld (so-named because it is much lower than the high escarpment along which the Panorama Route runs. At God’s Window, majestic cliffs plunge down 700m and, on a clear day, you’ll be able to see over the famous Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on South Africa’s border Mozambique.
The reserve is also home to various species of antelope, and viewing sites are provided along the length of the canyon.
Known as the largest ‘green canyon’ in the world, the Blyde River Canyon is a 33km-long gorge that stretches from Bourke’s Luck Potholes to the Three Rondavels near Blydepoort Dam. Aside from its spectacular scenery, the canyon is one of the best birding spots in the country. It’s also a popular adventure destination.
The towns of Lydenberg and White River are gateways to the Panorama Route. Other quaint hamlets in the area include Sabie, Graskop, Orighstand, Hoedspruit and Hazyview.
The most famous town in the region is Pilgrims’ Rest, now something of a living museum and tribute to the gold panning days of the late 1800s. When you visit, you’ll step straight back into the pages of the past. South of Pilgrim’s Rest, you can visit the Mount Sheba Nature Reserve, home to more than 100 species of indigenous trees, including yellowwood, white stinkwood, Cape chestnut and mountain cedar.