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    THE PINNACLE

    by DAO Updated Oct 24, 2011

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    The Pinnacle Rock is a 30m (98ft) high tower-like "Needle". The rock is quartzite which starts as sandstone, but is compressed for thousands of years to make an almost indestructible rock. It does not support plants well, so it looks even more dramatic. The Pinnacle towers over a fern covered ravine created by the Ngwaritsane River. To the right and below the viewing area you can see the uppermost of eight waterfalls which are in the river as it falls more than 450m (1477 ft) into the dramatic valley below.

    The Pinnacle is very near God’s Window and you enter through the same entrance to view this master class of nature.

    THE PINNACLE
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    3 RONDAVELS & THE BLYDE RIVER VALLEY

    by DAO Updated Oct 24, 2011

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    A Rondavel (or Rondawel) is a South African word for a round hut dwelling with a thatched roof. The giant peaks of quartzite and shale that make up the 3 Rondavels have sheer rock walls towering more than 700 meters (2300 ft) above the ground. The best time to view these are at sunset when they turn a vivid red colour. Named after the 3 most troublesome wives of Chief Maripi Mashile. From left to right they are: Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maseroto.

    The same viewing platform also gives you the most spectacular view possible of the Blyde River Valley. You can climb out onto large rocks that hand over the void, just be careful!

    Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maseroto BLYDE RIVIER VALLEY
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    The Blyde River Canyon

    by cokes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Blyde River Canyon is one of the most spectacular views in South Africa and its cliffs rise between 600m-800m from the river bed.

    At the Three Rondavels viewpoint (also called The Three Sisters) is an unforgettable view of three huge rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the Blyde River Canyon.

    I had this in my Jo`burg Page but it actually belongs here. This definitely a place worth seeing.

    The Blyde River Canyon
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    Africa on Foot

    by tompt Written Feb 13, 2011

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    Next to the well known Kruger Park, there are many privately owned smaller game parks in this province. Many of them adjoining the Kruger Park, without fences. So what ever game you can see in the Kruger can also be found here.

    We visited the Klasserie Game Reserve, and stayed in the Africa on Foot camp. Special here is that every day you go for a game drive in the afternoon, but a game walk in the morning. Walking in the bush is a special thing to do, very exciting.

    We liked the camp but were a bit unlucky in terms of animals we spotted. Many people manage to see the complete Big 5 here, we only managed two of them, the elephant and the buffalo. Very special were the two cheetahs on the last morning though.

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    African Silks

    by tompt Written Feb 13, 2011

    In the main shopping street of Graskop you will find African Silk. In this shop you will get all kinds of information on how silk is won and eventually turned into the nicest cloths. It is nice to see the silk pods, the animal that produces it and much more. Ofcourse you can all sorts of silk products here from scarfs to shirts and even larger items.

    There is also a possibility to visit the fields were the silk caterpillars produce the silk. It is located along the R533 Kowyns Pass Road.

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    Lone Creek Falls

    by cokes Written Mar 23, 2010

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    This is also another nice waterfall. When following the path to the waterfall please be aware that the path leads to the bottom of the waterfall. The spray from here is quiet massive so it will feel like a light drizzle but cross the bridge infront of the falls and you`ll still be able to have a good view of the falls without the big spray in your face.

    Entrance here is also R5 per person and there is also curio stalls here.

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    Berlin Falls

    by cokes Written Mar 23, 2010

    The Berlin Falls is just down the road from the Lisbon Falls. Entrance here is also R5 per person. This waterfall is not as big as the Lisbon Falls. The scenary around here is quiet nice. Also has a curio stalls for local crafts.

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    Bourkes Luck Potholes

    by cokes Updated Mar 23, 2010

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    This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur as the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River caused waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.

    Entrance here is abit expensive. It`s R25 per person and R5 for your car. There is also alot of curio shops and a shop and reception area with nice Friendly people who is of good help.

    Bourkes Luck Potholes
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    Lisbon Falls

    by cokes Written Mar 23, 2010

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    This is my opinion one of the most beautiful waterfall in the area and also the highest. It`s situated just outside Graskop close to God`s Window. Entrance here is R5 and there is also a curio stalls to buy local crafts.

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    Mac Mac Pools

    by cokes Written Mar 23, 2010

    Mac Mac Pools is down the road from the Mac Mac Falls. This is natural swimming pools in the river. Entrance here is also R5 per person and you can have a picnic here. There is braai facilities ,"braai which is like BBQ for Americans" So it`s a nice place to relax and come swim in the natural swimming pools.

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    Mac Mac Falls

    by cokes Written Mar 23, 2010

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    This is a really beautiful waterfall. It`s situated on the R532 road between Sabie and Graskop. The Entrance here is R5 per person which is quiet cheap. There is also a warning to keep on the path which is marked with a fence to protect the plant life here. The view here is a great. There is also a curio shops selling local crafts here.

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    Bridal Veil Falls

    by cokes Written Mar 23, 2010

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    If you in Sabie there is 3 waterfalls on the old Lydenberg road. Bridal Veil falls being the 1st waterfalls of the 3. It`s a sand and rock road for about 2.6km from the main road to the waterfalls. They busy working here changing the place making it tourist friendly so hopefully it will be done soon. When you get to the area where you can park your car as they selling some crafts there. You`ll have to walk about 400m to the waterfall. They have a scrapped out path but think this will all change as they were busy upgrading this place. The waterfalls is quiet nice as you come out of the dense forrest you`ll get a nice view of it.

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    THE PANORAMA ROUTE

    by DAO Updated Aug 4, 2009

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    The Panorama is a route that will take a driver through some of the most stunning views of the natural wonders of South Africa. It stretches from Sabie, through Graskop on to the Blyde River Canyon. Along the way you can see some of the hidden gems of Mpumalanga including: The Pinnacle, Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, 3 Rondavels and plenty of waterfalls along your drive. Many South Africans and many Tourists never visit these extraordinary sites for different reasons. If you do come to South Africa, make sure you include the Panorama. CLICK THE PICTURE TO THE RIGHT FOR THE BEST PHOTOS!

    The Official Route is:

    TOWNS

    Blydepoort
    Graskop
    Hazyview
    Hoedspruit
    Lydenburg
    Ohrigstad
    Pilgrim's Rest
    Sabie
    White River

    ACTIVITIES

    Fly Fishing
    Hiking
    Adventure Sport
    Gold Panning
    Rafting Sightseeing
    Game Viewing
    Hot Air Ballooning

    Amazingly this can all be seen in 1 day, if you get up early!

    THE SIGN ! The Pinnacle God's Window 3 Rondavels Waterfalls!
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    Kruger National Park

    by Jenniflower Updated Mar 20, 2009

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    This world famous National Park in South Africa was founded in 1898 and is just under 2 million hectares in size in total. It is, to me, so much more than a piece of the planet where flora, fauna and animal are preserved and protected, it speaks of a childhood spent in avid attention of the detail and attention to life that this park offers.

    I have been here many a time and have never been disappointed.

    Were I to choose any one dream job in the world, it would be to live in this park, studying it's life - both bush and animal alike, photographing, documenting, drawing and illustrating it. If I never saw a human being it wouldnt phase me (okay, my hubby would be with me), but to spend unprecedented time in this world in the wild, would be an honour.

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    GOD'S WINDOW & WONDER VIEW

    by DAO Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    God's Window is a breathtaking viewpoint from a high escarpment looking down over 900 meters to the Lowveld below. The view is of a vast Eden-like area, hence its name. Parts of Kruger National Park and Mozambique can be seen in the distance. From the car park you walk up winding trails that at times look like you might fall off into the distance. The actual view site at the top is a Wild Nature Reserve. You can see waterfalls, rock formations, sheer cliffs and canyons. I watched a thunderstorm in one corner of the sky and brilliant sunshine over the rest of the area at the same time. The area seems impossibly large. You can even scramble onto rocks sticking out into space for an even more incredible view. Just be careful.

    Wonder View is nearby (2 km up the road), It offers the highest viewpoint of the area at 1730 meters. No climbing needed as the viewpoint is right next to the road.

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