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The day after we had been to 'The Three Rondavels' broke sunny and fresh, so we headed back into the mountains for one more pass before continuing onward to Kruger. We drove on what is known as the 'Panorama Route' in the Drakensbergs, where we came upon the Pinnacle. This is one of the many sites on this Route that is famous for its view out over the Lowveld. The Pinnacle is a single quartzite rock that juts up out of the surrounding forested canyon, accentuating the amazing view that opens before you. This whole area of the Drakensbergs is home to the largest man-made forest in South Africa. As a result of the gold rush in this part of the continent in the late 1870s, most of the original forest was cut down for firewood and mining timbers. One visionary, Joseph Shires, realized that it would be necessary to replenish the forests by hand if settlements were going to be able to continue here. Thus were born the huge pine and eucalyptus forests that presently cover large areas of the mountains, providing the life-blood of Sabie's existence as a lumber town. Coming from New Brunswick, Canada, the most heavily forested province or state in North America (at 90%), I felt right at home!
Address: Near Graskop in the Drakensberg Mountains
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