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Panorama Route

South Africa's most breathtakingly scenic road trip route

The Panorama Route connects the Lowveld and the Mpumalanga Drakensberg and is arguably one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. This scenic route consists of natural attractions and panoramic viewpoints, all centred around the lushly vegetated Blyde River Canyon. An ideal self-drive adventure crossing indigenous forest, rolling hills, and Lowveld plains, this road trip features loads of activities and natural wonders. The area can be discovered through hiking, mountain biking, ziplining, and much more. In between, visitors can stop at small charming towns to buy souvenirs at arts and crafts shops and grab a bite at the many restaurants, or visit Pilgrim’s Rest, a living museum dating back to the late 1800s.

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The best time to visit the Panorama Route area is when temperatures are mild, so during the spring and autumn months, from September to November and March to May. When visiting during the cooler, drier winter months between June and August, this season offers clearer views of the natural attractions due to the lower rainfall, but as it is a popular time it can be quite busy. The summer months from December to February bring misty, rainy days resulting in poor visibility and roads that are harder to navigate. However, the landscape will be lush and green.

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