The Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, R532: A trip along the third largest canyon in the world

The Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Gods Window are three attractions on the Panorama Route, R532 (see ) and they are located in and around the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world.

The Three Rondavels: A Rondavel (derived from the Afrikaans word Rondavels) is a traditional circular African dwelling with a conical thatched roof. The picture shows an iconic landmark of three round mountaintops with slightly pointed tops, similar to the traditional dwellings called Rondavels, in the iconic bush on the Panorama Route. The Three Rondavels are three huge pinnacles of rock rising above the canyon and can be seen on the right hand side in the pictures below.

The Three Rondavels

The Three Rondavels. 

The surrounding areas are just as breathtaking!

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From here is a view over the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon and only green canyon in the world & second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes are geological rock formations where the Treur River (from Afrikaans: mourning river) tumbles into the Blyde River Canyon, causing erosion that resemble potholes. The attraction is named after the gold prospector, Tom Bourke (He never found any gold there).

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God’s Window (24°52′28″S 30°53′29″E)  on the Drakensburg Escarpment, has to be the pinnacle of three attractions.


Wait for the spectacle

Going towards God's Window

Going towards God’s Window

The Eden-like aesthetic appearance prompted the name, Gods Window. Situated in the iconic bush, it allows a view over the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains, on the border with Mozambique. This sight was a feature in the film #TheGodsmustbecrazy.

The view from God's Window

The view from God’s Window



Still marching on to God’s Window

Breathtaking views

Breathtaking views



  1. Pingback: The Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, R532: A trip along the third largest canyon in the world | lifeintheiconicbush
  2. Of Wildest Heart (Denise) · November 10, 2015

    Wow! those potholes sure look incredible. Excellent views!


    • Kgomotso Matthews · November 11, 2015

      Thanks, Denise. You should add that attraction to your travel bucket list 😊


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