Situated along the famous Panorama Route, and possibly the most popular highlight of the route, within the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, lies Gods Window. Named Gods Window because of the sheer astonishing natural beauty contained in one view, it is uniquely located North of Graskop, at this view point you are in for a treat of a lifetime, a beautiful, breathtaking, superb view of the panoramic lowveld!
Gods Window offers a highly impressive viewpoint (excuse the pun) over the greenest canyon in the world. With cliffs that drop to an extraordinary 900m gorge filled with trees, shrubs, and wildlife, you will also be able to view the magnificent Blyde River Canyon along with other alluring landscapes and greenery.
For hikers this is a dream come true as you will have to hike up the narrow pathway along the escapement to actually see the view point, however this hike is not an advanced hike and all fitness levels are most welcome to enjoy the journey to the destination you’ll be writing home about.
Having won an award at the Visitor Experience Awards for best Scenic Beauty, it is without saying that Gods Window is a stop you simply have to make while driving along the Panorama Route.
It is best advised that you visit Gods Window on a clear day as clouds often take away visibility when at the view point. On a clear day, you should be able to see as far as the Kruger National Park in the distance. The area consists of three view points and a few picnic spots along the way to sit, have a snack and enjoy your surroundings.
Visitors often visit other famous locations such as the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, The Mac Mac Falls and The Blyde River Canyon which are all along the Panorama Route. You can rest your mind knowing that there is good and safe parking available, ablution blocks for bathroom breaks, as well as some unique curio stores with hand made arts, crafts, toys and many more.
If you’re a fitness bunny, there is a rain forest area which can be accessed after some climbing on the footpath, where you will find even more viewing points! There is also many helpful staff available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Be sure to take some water, wear sunscreen, binoculars are a good idea for beautiful distant views and definitely take a camera or cell phone along to capture the most amazing photos and memories!
One can simply never get tired of these magnificent views and surroundings, so be sure to visit Gods Window on your next trip to Mpumalanga!