It’s been 12 years since Brian passed away, and every year we make the “great trek” to G-d’s Window, where his ashes are scattered. And then we head Hoedspruit, where he was sadly killed.
Its a bittersweet time for all of us, but we always make sure to have a good time, share precious memories and just spend time being with, appreciating and loving our family. One never tires of visiting G-d’s Window. So so beautiful, no matter the weather. This year was sunny, clear and HOT!
God’s Window is situated on the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga. Just one look down and you will begin to understand why it is called “God’s Window”.
Above is a view from one of the lower viewing points. Breathtaking. With magnificent views, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls, God’s Window is truly an area of breathtaking scenic splendor. Gods Window is so called for the gorgeous panoramic view of the Lowveld, more than 900 m down into lush indigenous forest clad ravine. The majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters down into a valley where some of the best private game reserves can be found. God’s Window is a small part of a 250km long earthwork of sheer cliffs and extravagant beauty. One can observe the hills and forests as far as the eye can see. In fact, it seems as if one can see forever!
This time I decided to take the VERY steep walk up to the very top with the kids. Damn….a serious calf work out, but it was so worth it. From left to right: Kelvin, Jason, Joshua, Ashleigh and Luke.
Granny, Kelvin and Jason standing at our favourite lookout point. So peaceful and one can hear the wind rushing through the trees. In the parking area are lovely curio stalls and toilet facilities (not very well maintained )
In recent years the powers that be started charging R10 per person. We are/were hoping that this money is being put to good use by keeping the area clean and properly monitored and maintained. Unfortunately one can still look down and see where people have thrown their rubbish down the cliffs. This includes plastic and glass bottles, papers, cigarette butts, wrappers and polystyrene containers, among other things. . Sad because there are many people, like us, who have chosen to scatter our loved one’s ashes here BECAUSE IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.
Lets hope someone from the Mpumulanga Tourism Board will read this and surprise us when we next visit . All in all, we are so privileged to live in a country that has so many stunning sites to see.
WHERE? +/-10 kms from Graskop town, on the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga
WHEN? Open daily
To get more information call +27 (0)13 759-5300