Mpumalanga adds Panorama Route to its tourist destinations

MEC Eric Kholwane speaking to SABC News
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Mpumalanga has added another diverse product to one of its top tourist destinations, the Panorama Route. This route offers spectacular scenic drives with attractions like the Three Rondavels, God’s Window and many others.

The newly established 30 km self-guided hiking trails could now be added into the adventurers’ itineraries. It is a spectacular landscape and one of the must see tourist destinations in Mpumalanga.

Authorities promise to mitigate any danger tourists and hikers may encounter.

“We are still going to have some discussions and see how to beef up around the issue of safety so that we try to be incident freee in this area. As you know that if there are incidents of unsafety that scares many of our tourists and then it reduces the appetite for people to come and visit our province,”says Eric Kholwane, MEC For Economic Development & Tourism in Mpumalanga.

For those who are in the tourism and hospitality industry, this offering will create more job opportunities for the locals but also promote a healthy lifestyle.

“What we need to do is to encourage a lot of our people to appreciate the outdoors the city life is not good for our health and as Mpumalanga we have got so much to offer and i think what we are grateful for these hiking trails is that now we must promote a healthy lifestyle for our people, says Oupa Pilane,President of Kruger Lowveld Chamber Of Business And Tourism (Klcbt).

All the sites are accessible but not for the faint hearted. The newly refurbished rustic accommodation for the adventurers who are keen to finish the 30 km hiking trail are now ready.

The custodians of the project, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, say their lines are now open for bookings.