God’s Window, South Africa

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

Many drive the Blyde River Canyon Panorama Route en route to or from Kruger National Park in South Africa.

God’s Window … is a popular vantage point along the Drakensberg escarpment, at the southern extremity of the Nature Reserve.

Here, sheer cliffs plunge over 700 metres to the lowveld. From this escarpment—a mostly unbroken rampart of cliffs—opens a vista into the lowvelt expanse and escarpment forests, the Eden-like aesthetic appearance of which prompted the name. On a clear day it is possible to see over the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on the border with Mozambique.

God’s Window features prominently in the plot of the 1980 cult film The Gods Must Be Crazy. Near the end of the movie, the Bushman character Xi (played by Namibian bush farmer N!xau) travels to God’s Window, and due to some low-lying cloud cover believes it to be the end of the Earth. …

Gods Window

I was lucky and got some views of the big vista.

Most who stop here see nothing but cloud. Hot air rising from the veld below turns to mist. Many are disappointed.

Even in misty weather, it’s worth hiking the adjacent Rain Forest Trail.

Rainforest Trail

Funky bridges and stone paths. 🙂

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