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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.

Atop 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)

Panorama 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 Pilgrim's Rest.

Off-Beat 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 to Graskop.

High Historic Route: (200km, 7h)
This route stretches via the towns of Sabie, Lydenburg & 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
Sketch by Brian SimmonsThere are, surprisingly and disappointingly so, few idyllic picnic spots in the area.

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.
Cost: R20/person

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.
Cost: R10/person

Picnic facilities at Mac Mac Pools
Photo: Willie Jacobs


Mac Mac Pools
Photo: Willie Jacobs

Tour Operators
A 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" tours.  

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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