Formerly known as the Three Sisters, the natural formations, called today as the Three Rondavels are one of the famous attractions along the Mpumalanga's Panorama Route in South Africa. They, together with the Blyde River Canyon offer a breathtaking view to the on lookers. The word Rondavel refers to a round hut shaped dwelling (commonly with a thatched roof). The three gigantic peaks of Quartzite and shale with absolute rock walls rise to a height of approx. 700 meter above the adjoining landscape. The peaks got their names from the three most nuisance creating wives of the Chief Maripi ; Mashile – Magabolle, Maseroto and Moqoladikwe. Behind the Three Rondavels is the 2300 feet deep ravine, where stands the Maripeskop at 1944 meters which is the highest peak in Mpumalanga and is named after the Pulana chief, Maripe who fled to that mountain with his tribe in the early 19th century to escape from the attacks of the Swazis.
There is a magnificent view of the Three Rondavels from the Blyde River Canyon which displays the mother nature at it's best and many tourists take the refuge of the canyon to look over to the awesome sight of the Three Rondavels or the three sisters. The scene is overpoweringly beautiful and a moment's span is not enough to absorb the mesmerizing panorama in the eyes. The vast canyon that people visit along with the Three Rondavels is a wonderful place in itself. There are fantastic craggy slopes covered in lush green foliage which makes a lovely backdrop for selfies. On reaching the site one will find buses and vehicles parked up, full of tours. The people are requested to follow the paved route that reaches the mountain top that is fenced to avoid any accident. There is beautiful scenic view all along the path upwards and one can relax in between to enjoy the view.
The weather on the day when you are planning your visit matters the most. If mist envelopes the site then it is a bit challenging to enjoy the trip to the fullest or you have to wait till the weather gets clear . There are numerous walkways and pathways that one can follow for a different view from different angles but has to remain cautious about the strong winds that are frequent to the place. En-route you can find a sign to “God's window” a point from where one can enjoy the brilliant views over the great canyon and the hills around them.
Near the Roundavels lies another geographical highlights of South Africa, the Bourke's Luck Potholes. The strong water current beating against the rock in circular motion has caused it to erode creating round shaped holes that are similar to potholes that are generally seen on the roads of Africa. The dark coloured water and the rocks in different shapes and hues offer an equally befitting scenario. If you wish to plan your trip to this amazing destination in South Africa flights are available from UK that offer comfortable travel at low priced fares. One can choose from a wide variety consulting flight travel agents and confirm their vacation to South Africa.