Sight Seeing Day Trips
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The mist belt which stretches along the
escarpment is caused by warm moisture laden
air rising up from the Lowveld and cooling
at these high elevations, resulting in misty
cloudy conditions and a relative high
rainfall. Some areas receive up to 4,000mm
of rain per year. As one moves further
west (away from the escarpment edge) the
rainfall and mist diminishes.
the plateau the summers are temperate and
the winters pleasant with mild frost in
places and occasional snow on the higher
mountains around Graskop.
| Self-Drive Sight
Seeing Day Trips (Round trip distance & time)
Route: (130km, 4h)
Pinnacle, God's Window, Wonder View, Lisbon Falls,
Berlin Falls, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Lowveld View and
Three Rondawels, before returning to Graskop.
Panorama Loop: (200km, 6h)
This includes the Panorama Route, but extends around
via Orighstad, Echo Caves and Voortrekker Graves,
before looping back to Graskop via Robbers Pass and
Panorama Route: (145km, 5h)
This includes the Panorama Route, then return to
Bourke's Luck Potholes, and then follow the Vaalhoek
road (gravel) via Pilgrim's Rest back to Graskop.
Best of Both Worlds: (300km, 10h)
This includes the Panorama Route, then continues
towards Hoedspruit and includes the Cheetah Breeding
Project, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre,
Blyde Dam Cruise, Reptile Park, Coffee Farm, Silk
Farm and return via Kolwyn's Pass and Panorama Gorge
Historic Route: (200km, 7h)
This route stretches via the towns of Sabie,
Pilgrim's Rest, before returning to
Graskop. The route includes the Maria Shires
waterfall, Mac Mac Falls, Mac Mac Pools, Lone Creek
Falls, Long Tom Pass, The Staircase, various
viewpoints, Lydenburg Falls and Robber's Pass.
| Picnic Spots
There are, surprisingly and
disappointingly so, few idyllic picnic spots in the
Mac Mac Pools
This picnic spot is, by far, the post popular.
It is located 20 km from Graskop on the R532 road to Sabie.
This picnic spot is well grassed, shaded and well
maintained. Picnic tables and benches, toilets
and braai (barbeque) facilities are available.
Swimming and splashing can be enjoyed in the
refreshing, crystal clear mountain stream pools.
This is also the start and end point of the short,
circular Secretary Bird walk.
Maria Shires Falls
This picnic spot is not actually at the Maria Shires
Falls, but close by across and next to the main
road. It is located 15 km from Graskop on the
R532 road to
Sabie where the road crosses the railway line.
Ablution and braai
(barbeque) facilities are available, but the newly
planted trees provide little shade.
Photo: Willie Jacobs
Photo: Willie Jacobs
| Tour Operators
number of tour operators offer expert guided tours of
the Panorama, the Kruger National Park, cultural
villages, a number of wildlife sanctuaries &
projects, as well as historic tours such as gold
panning, Anglo-Boer War and "Jock of the Bushveld"
They can either use their
own vehicles, or join you in yours. Contact
Trips SA for more information - see advert on right.
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