Today’s riding will eventually loop us back to our hotel of last night, after experiencing one of South Africa’s most scenic rides, the Panorama Route.
The road will lead us among the north-eastern section of the great escarpment of the Drakensberg, where the plateau comes to an abrupt and dramatic halt, falling steeply away into the Lowveld below, accompanied by incredible views out over the grasslands of Africa. We will not have enough time to visit all the highlights on this route, so an early departure is advisable.
We will backtrack our previous day’s route to ride Robbers Pass in an ascending direction, and will then head towards the Abel Erasmus Pass with its 62 bends (of which 12 exceeds 90 degrees) and altitude variance of 730 metres. This pass will be run down and then back up, from where we will stop at the Blyde River Lookout with its amazing vistas over the famous ‘Three Rondavels’. The famous Lowveld View is just south of the Blyde River Lookout and offers a view out over the canyon from a height of 1 219 metres above sea level of the Blyde River cutting its way through the valleys below and the Blydepoort Dam in the distance.
Next stop is the Bourke’s Luck Potholes where we will have lunch. After lunch we will head to God’s Window, the Pinnacle Rock and, time permitting, a selection of graceful waterfalls – the Sabie Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Mac Mac Falls awaits, before we ascend yet again down the escarpment via Kowyns Pass towards our hotel. What a day!