Day 2 -
One breathtaking view after another – that's South Africa's famous Panorama Route, where you'll experience mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest canyons.The small town of Graskop is the gateway to the Panorama Route. It's a good place to set up base. Scenic landmarks with evocative names like God's Window, Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels beckon. The awe-
From Graskop, head on to the Blyde River Canyon Reserve. Thread your way along the cliff btops 800m above the Blyde River Canyon, and at God's Window, be sure to walk in the thick, indigenous mist forest that's often among the clouds.
The Bourke's Luck Potholes are also well worth a visit. These giant potholes have formed at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers and mark the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon.Approximate distance 266km
Day 5 -
The Maguga Dam is a dam on the Komati River in Swaziland. It is 115 metres high and is located 11 kilometres south of Piggs Peak. The dam is located at 26°4′51.57″S 31°15′25.84″E and was completed in 2001.The dam embankment comprises approximately 800 000m3 of clay, 2 800 000m3 of granite rock and 43 000m3 of filter material. It has an overall height of 115 metres, a crest length of 870 metres and a base width of 400 metres.Because the dam is located within a region influenced by cyclones, it has been designed to withstand a probable maximum flood of 15000 m³/s. The 180m long labyrinth spillway is designed to pass a flood of 7800 m³/s without damage representing a return flood of 200 years.The Maguga Dam received the South African Institution of Civil Engineering award for most outstanding civil engineering achievement in the International Category for 2001. The Maguga Dam Joint Venture received the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) Glenrand MIB Golden Jubilee award in the Technical Excellence Category for 2002. -
Day 6 -
From Maguga dam we travel to one of the most historic towns of south Africa, Barberton. We will travel over Josefsdal Border post vi some onique forests and then the most incredible GeoTrail. Please go visit www.geotrail.co.za to see more about this area. This geotrail is a bucketlist candidate, and something for everyone from families on leisure breaks, to geology students, to enjoy. The Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail takes you on a journey into the mists of an impossibly distant past — more than 3 billion years ago. We will then be entertained by someone who studied the history of Barberton that was one of the busiest town in South Africa with the gold rush. Large amounts of money flowed into Barberton and the first Stock Exchange to operate in the then Transvaal opened its doors. More buildings were erected, billiard saloons and music halls established. The Criterion and Royal Standard hotels were opened. Barberton flourished for only a brief period and soon the inhabitants began to move away to the newly discovered gold fields on the Reef.-