Panorama Route: Most Scenic Drives in the World

By Focus Online Dev on March 12, 2020

There’s nothing like a road trip. Whether it’s an afternoon drive or a few weeks on the road, there’s something nostalgic about packing the car and hitting the road. From the Garden Route’s lush forests, Cape Town’s azure atlantic coastline to the Lowveld’s hazy landscapes and so much more – South Africa is home to some of the most scenic drives on earth.

South Africa’s Most Scenic Drives


The Panorama Route was recently voted one of the Most Scenic Drives in the World by international travel site, Big 7 Travel.

The beautiful Mpumalanga Panorama Route takes visitors around the north-eastern section of the Great Escarpment of the Drakensberg. The drive is popular with local and international tourists thanks to its close proximity to Kruger National Park and Hazyview and White River.

South Africa featured twice on Big 7 Travel’s Most Scenic Drives in the World; the picturesque Panorama Route scooped up 47th place and Cape Town’s Chapman’s Peak placed 40th.

Densely wooded forests and breathtaking canyons are just a couple of sights you’ll encounter on South Africa’s Panorama Route. This awe-inspiring route links many of the countries cultural points and natural wonders. Be sure to stop off to admire the world’s third-largest canyon – Blyde River Canyon,’ said Big 7 Travel.

The Panorama Route features among worldwide favourites including the Great Ocean Road in Australia, the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, Hana Highway in Hawaii, Furka Pass in Switzerland and Route 1 in Iceland topping the list.

Where to stay


It’s best to base yourself in Hazyview, Graskop or White River. From any of these destinations, you can easily do day trips and the entire Panorama Route is on your doorstep. The Phabeni Gate to Kruger National Park is also just a ten minute drive from Hazyview.

Perry’s Bridge Hollow in Hazyview was recently named in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Traveller’s Choice Hotels in South Africa. Our rooms are spacious and stylish, overlooking lush subtropical gardens and sparkling swimming pools.

The atmosphere is family-friendly, laid-back and relaxed and guests enjoy access to our on-site restaurant, Kuka Cafe.

If you’re visiting Mpumalanga, the Panorama Route should definitely be added to your South African travel bucket list. For more accommodation, information or recommendations please contact our friendly reservations team at Perry’s Bridge Hollow!


Image credits:

Lina Loos, Matthias Mullie, Mzimasi Ndzombane, Anaya Katlego, Mpho Mojapelo, Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash

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