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Address: North of Blyde River Dam | off the Panorama Route, Ohrigstad, South Africa

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like a South African Tijuana

We were based in Tzaneen S.A. on a vacation. When I inquired about where to find local handmade crafts, I was told that there were roadside vendors just south of the tunnel in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Asheville, North Carolina
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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were based in Tzaneen S.A. on a vacation. When I inquired about where to find local handmade crafts, I was told that there were roadside vendors just south of the tunnel in Abel Erasmus Pass. So as a day's outing in a new direction we headed there. It reminded me of Tijuana Mexico, but with different stock. There were... More 

Thank bonnierdh
Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the drive from Blyde River Canyon. Road well maintained. Beautiful rocks shimmering at sunrise. Should have an info map of activities beyond the pass and distance. Locals quite pushy with their sales.

Thank SuvarnaParbhoo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice little pass to cross over to Blyde River Canyon. The road is well maintained so drivin is easy here.

Thank Mausi72
Polokwane, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

A beautiful route filled with different landscapes which makes it beautiful. There are great stopping points through the pass just little bathrooms.

Thank WilliamElize
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

We travelled this route on our way to Phalaborwa from Johannesburg. My advice to travellers would be to stop on the south side of the tunnel if you can (there is space to park your car on the left). You could take pictures from here as this point gives you a bird's eye view of the valley and river below.... More 

Thank david c
Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

The Abel Erasmus Pass, as our driver described it, was a beautiful view "if you can escape the ladies to look at it." Indeed, the vista of the pass included a dramatic waterfall off to the far side of the canyon, but the only place to park (and walk back a bit) was just before the tunnel--a wide space on... More 

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Lanseria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

Don't rush through the pass. Stop take photos and browse the abundance of curios and the like in the wayside craft market

Thank antonyfrost
South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

A pass worth more than just a quick drive through. The route is dotted with stalls selling African art, with the biggest site been at the tunnel. Travelling through the tunnel from Tzaneen side, start to slow down in the tunnel, else you may be forced to bypass the parking if there is traffic behind you. The drive takes you... More 

Thank Shaun S
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

We took the Panorama drive twice. The second time was to get to Blyde River Canyon boat tour . Rather than take the shorter R40 routing from Hazyview, we took the longer way so we could go through the Pass. The Pass area, particularly right in front of the tunnel is quite lovely but, in hindsight, no so much to... More 

1 Thank chitownsam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

The pass is one end of the Panorama Route. The rocky outcrops are coloured brightly by different mineral deposits- very pretty indeed.

Thank GitaChennai

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