Today we took the Panorama Route on our way to 3 nights at a private game reserve next to the Kruger National Park. I’d love to go back and see these vistas again at sunrise or sunset but at least we finally had sunshine again! We stopped at Lisbon Falls first (the highest falls in the province of Mpumalanga) then the Blyde River Canyon (the third largest in the world with the Grand Canyon being first and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia coming in second) and the Three Rondavels. The Blyde River (which means happiness in Afrikaans) meets the Treur River (which means sadness) at a place called Bourke’s Luck Potholes, our next stop. The swirling water where the rivers join have carved out the ‘potholes’ over hundreds of years. Mother Nature never fails to impress. Finally, we stopped at God’s Window where it’s easy to see why it was named so.
It would have been great to explore this area longer but we were anxious to get to Kapama Private Game Reserve so we could go on our first game drive. It did not disappoint. Especially getting to see lions much closer than in Hluhluwe. It’s the end of a dry winter now so the dust in the air made for a beautiful sunset. After dinner, we had some fun taking night shots of the milky way. With no moon and no light pollution, the stars were amazing! No Big Dipper in the southern hemisphere though, here, you look for the Southern Cross.