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The Land where the Sun Rises

Mpumalanga: a Zulu word for “the land where the sun rises”.

On the eastern side of South Africa is the province of Mpumulanga. The home of the Kruger National Park; the home of the rising sun.

When my family and I recently toured the the area, one of our stopovers was near a small town called Graskop; directly translated from Afrikaans it means “grass head”.

We stayed at Panorama Chalets and Rest Camp in our caravan. One can just imagine from reading the name of the resort that the views are breathtaking. I would like to share with you a series of four photographs taken from almost the same spot, but at different times of the day, so that you too can experience the picturesque nature of this location.

The photographs were purposefully taken to include the lovely rock pool. At an elevation of at least 2000 metres above sea level we were overlooking the lowveld plains that stretch towards the Kruger National Park, Mozambique and eventually the warm Indian Ocean.

We were so utterly blessed to witness the sunrise on our last morning at Panorama, as the previous mornings had been too misty. It was a double blessing that the sun rose between the two mountains. 


The glorious early morning sun reflecting off the crystalline pool water.

 The view in the afternoon.

 The rising of a full moon reflected in the mirror-like surface of the pool. 

“Our eyes capture thousands of beautiful pictures everyday.”

~Pradeepa Pandiyan~


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    • Thank you Paul. Would you believe it wasn’t planned? I only noticed after the holiday that I had taken photos of the same spot at different times of the day over a four day period.
      Can’t blame me hey? It IS stunning!

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