On the way back from safari we decided to detour and drive along the highly touted Panoramic Route in Mpumalanga. There are a lot of stops along the route, most notably, God’s Window (which on a clear day you can see all the way to Mozambique), and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which were my personal favorite along this route.
We began our drive in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, and traveled the route towards Sabie in Mpualanga.
We stopped off at the Bourke’s Luck Potholes first, which are natural whirlpool formations in the bedrock of the river. We were also greeted by wild monkeys upon arrival.
We spent the night in the town of Sabie and returned to Pretoria the following day.
Christmas was great, and it was wonderful having family in town with us!
The last touristy thing we did was head to Soweto, which is a township area by Johannesburg. We toured the Hector Pieterson Museum, located close to where he was shot and killed, is a memorial to him and displays the struggle students experienced during apartheid. We tried to go inside the Mandela house, but the line was incredibly long and we ran out of time. We had lunch near the house and could see the Soweto water towers where people bungee jump.
After Soweto, we headed to Sandton for some Thai food in Mandela Square. We had so much fun with Willa and Elizabeth. Hope their trip inspires some additional guests! 🙂
Love from South Africa! xoxoxo