A while ago Badger was like that song sings On the road again. This time he was driving the Panorama Route.
It is a route that goes along the Blyderiver Canyon. The second biggest canyon in Africa. It was in March so the trees and valley were beautiful and very green. The road had many turns and corners. There were many valleys. Badger even stopped at the Trichardt, Potgieter gedenkplaat where the first wagon road in the north were formed. It was quite an experience,. Badger never knew there were something like this route in South Africa. He was blessed with breathtaking views and awesome scenes.
Badger went past the towns of
- Pelgrims Rest
They were all beautiful and wheelchair accessible and caters for Tourism. Pelgrims Rest is the popular old goldmine town where Jack of the Bushveld spent some time. Sabie and Graskop is forestry town. Be sure to stop at the Silk Worm Farm, the mac-Mac Pools, Sudwala Caves and Gods Window while you’re in the area. Lydenberg is the big town with many attractions and shops nearby.
Badger also went through the Strydom Tunnel near Hoedspruit (which was Awesome) and he slept at Swadini Lodge, a lodge in the BLYDERIVERCANYON Game Resserve. His lodging was a two bedroom chalet, wheelchair accessible. It was clean and comfortable. There were hot water and electricity. Even a TV and a fridge! It was a pleasure sitting on the veranda and watching Kudu’s and Bushbuck eating the grass a few feet away from you.
Before turning into the route Badger passed the town of Bellfast and Dullstroom. It really made Badger think of Ireland and Scotland. Green valleys and fields. A lot of trees. Cold weather. Cows and sheep in the pastures. Many trout dams at Dullstroom. No wonder they call this place the Highlands Meander. Next time Badger is bringing his fishing rod.
If you are ever in the area, make a plan travel this route and visit these towns. They could do with more local tourism. Badger is busy going further. He is taking the Highway to Hell…