The Eastern Cape & Panorama Route

view over Blyde River Canyon


On our way back from Kruger National Park, we were able to spend some time on the Panorama Route and various towns in the eastern cape. It was fascinating observing the differences between the Eastern and Western Cape – the Eastern Cape is a bit quieter, and a bit less cosmopolitan. We spent a full day on the Panorama Route, a day in Johannesburg, and some in-between time in Hazyview and Nelspruit.

vendors at Three Rondavels lookout


You can do the majority of the Panorama Route in one day; the route climbs through the Blyde River Canyon and was probably the most breathtaking drive we did in South Africa (even better than the Cape of Good Hope).


Our favorite stops on the route were Bourke’s Potholes (way cooler than it sounds! Geology is awesome), the Three Rondavels lookout, and Lowveld View. We didn’t stop by any of the waterfalls because we spent a good amount of time driving around, but we heard they were beautiful.

our private hot tub in Hazyview
sunny and cheesin’!


Graskop is a cute little town to drive through; get some famous PANCAKES (more like crepes). I don’t love sweets, so I didn’t really get the hype, but M loved them. We stopped at the most famous place, Harrie’s.


pancake crepe!

If you have time, I highly recommend building time to do the Panorama Route in your schedule; although you have to pay a nominal fee to enter and view many of the parks, the views and drive are worth it!

delicious dinner at our hotel in Nelspruit. It was a 5 star dinner but we were exhausted and ate very little!
Nelspruit from our hotel window

“our hobby”
“Wonder View”
Wide open roads

We also had a full day in Johannesburg, which was the opposite vibe of Cape Town in every way. I did feel a little uncomfortable walking around, so we took Ubers and the fancy Sandton speed train. We spent the day at the Apartheid Museum (felt like reading a history book) and Nelson Mandela Square.

Nelson Mandela Square


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Awesome set of photos! Thank you for sharing!


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