God’s Window near Graskop
God’s Window Tourist Attractions
God’s Window is Situated on the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga . It is so called after it’s pure natural beauty, Just one look down and you will begin to understand why it is called “God’s Window”.
With magnificent views, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls, it is truly an area of breathtaking scenic splendor. Also the reason why Mpumalanga is known as Paradise Country.
God’s Window is so called for the panoramic sight of the Lowveld more than 900 m down into lush indigenous forest clad ravine. The majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the private game reserves which have made the area one of South Africa’s main wildlife destinations. God’s Window near Graskop is a small part of a 250 km long earthwork of sheer cliffs and extravagant beauty. One can observe the hills and forests as far as the eye can see.
Viewing sights are provided along the length of the spectacular Blyde River Canyon including God’s Window, and there are numerous activities like walks, hiking, horseback riding and mountain bike trails. From the parking area a very steep stepped footpath along the edge of the escarpment leads to the actual view points.
Just a word of caution: Visitors should at all times lock their vehicles.
For the best lookout points and exotic forest plants, steer away from the crowds and hike up into the clouds and the misty Rain Forest. God’s Window and Graskop are perfect en-route stopping points for those visiting the Kruger National Park. It is truly a popular attraction.
TRAVEL TIPS & PLANNING INFO
WHO TO CONTACT
Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency
Tel: +27 (0)13 759 5300/1
HOW TO GET HERE
From Graskop, travel on the R532 towards the Blyde River Canyon. Turn onto the R534 and there is a sign on the right after a few kilometres to the parking lot. Try to avoid public and school holidays when it will be more crowded, and if your visit does coincide with these times, try to go as early as possible.
AROUND THE AREA
Be sure to stop at some of the region’s beautiful waterfalls: Lone Creek Falls, Mac Mac Falls and the Berlin and Lisbon Falls.
TOURS TO DO
While the lower viewpoint is just a short walk from the car park and is spectacular, it’s well worth taking the path up through the mist forest to the upper viewpoints. The climb will be worth it!
You can hire a guide or drive yourself around the Panorama Route.
WHAT TO PACK
Binoculars, camera, sunscreen and a hat.
WHERE TO STAY
There is a wide range of accommodation along the Panorama Route from luxury game lodges and bush spas to cheap and cheerful B&Bs.
WHAT TO EAT
The region is famous for its pancakes, with Graskop being a particularly good pancake stop.
The Panorama Route is an adventure-seeker’s paradise. There is rock climbing, abseiling, caving, white-water rafting, bungee jumping, 4×4 routes, and trails for horse-riding, mountain biking, quad-biking and hiking.