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Magical Panorama Route and Oliver’s Restaurant and Lodge

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Imagine… dramatic mountain scenery with isolated buttresses, sheer cliff faces and unusual geological features; imagine spectacular gorges, fairytale waterfalls and thick lush forests. I introduce to you ‘The Panorama Route’ in the Magical Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Mpumalanga meaning ‘The place where the sun rises’.

The Panorama Route offers the traveller a number of spectacularly scenic viewpoints to experience this wonderland and includes views of the Blyde River Canyon (the 3rd largest canyon in the world) and its Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Pinnacle Rock, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and a number of beautiful waterfalls such as Mac Mac, Lone Creek and Lisbon Falls. The region also has an historical influence and a visit to the historic gold mining town of Pilgrims Rest is a must. Take a stroll down its quaint little main road viewing the restored historic buildings and miners huts, visit the museum to view the old mining relics, stop in at the tourist office and join a guided tour to experience the life in the gold mining hey days and try your hand at gold panning.

Most of the Panorama Route is situated on the Highveld. The views from God’s Window and Pinnacle Rock look out over the Lowveld way below. These 2 areas experience comparatively different climates. The Lowveld is subtropical, due to its proximity to the warm Indian Ocean and latitude. The Highveld is comparatively much cooler, due to its altitude of 2300m to 1700m above sea level. The Drakensberg Escarpment receives the most precipitation, with all other areas being moderately well-watered by mostly summer thunderstorms. The Highveld often experiences severe frost, whilst the Lowveld is mostly frost-free. Winter rainfall is rare, except for some drizzle on the escarpment.

My suggestion to you when travelling to South Africa is to combine a 2-night stay in or near The Panorama Route, with your African safari experience in the world-renowned Kruger National Park or in the private reserves just west of Kruger. Three of my absolute favourite luxury game lodges are Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Savanna Private Game Reserve and Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. These are all situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve well known for its excellent game viewing and in particular, its brilliant leopard sightings.

Now to bring you back to your experience on the Panorama Route, my suggestion here would be to stay at the award winning Oliver’s Restaurant and Lodge. This lodge has built a great name for itself. It is owner run and offers a friendly home away from home experience. Situated on a peaceful and tranquil country golf estate within easy reach of the Panorama Route, Kruger National Park and Nelspruit, the closest international airport.

Oliver’s Restaurant and Lodge rooms are luxurious, spacious and beautifully appointed. Attention to detail is superb. Personal service is top class. Cuisine is to die for. These combined attributes make it an absolute pleasure to stay here.

Spend the day lazing at the pool or being lavishly pampered in their wellness spa. A game of golf is right on your doorstep at the White River Golf Club. Outdoor activities in the region are plentiful and include quad biking, gorge swinging, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, hiking and horse riding. Obviously with Kruger National Park being only 25km away, you could also enjoy the day game viewing in your own vehicle. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day roaming around the park spotting our fascinating African wildlife.

So one sees the abundance of options available to you in this area. It is well worth spending a couple of nights here to become acquainted with it and its friendly people. Just another magnificent part of our Rainbow Nation!

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Worldwide Crypto Adoption All-set To Make Altcoins Breakout!

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Worldwide Crypto Adoption All-set To Make Altcoins Breakout!
  • Moneygram has collaborated with Stellar for Blockchain payments.
  • Banco Hipotecario has partnered with four new blockchain startups.

Large IT companies are demonstrating a strong interest in crypto-based payments, garnering huge public attention. It will not be surprising if the crypto sector replaces conventional financial systems.

On October 7th, 2021, the SEC approved the “Volt Bitcoin Revolution ETF” fund to promote blockchain technology. According to Volt creator Tad Park, Tesla, Coinbase, Paypal, and Square are among the companies included in the fund.

However, El Salvador’s commercial national bank, Banco Hipotecario, has partnered with four new blockchain startups. API3 is one of the revealed firms. This partnership will create blockchain solutions to provide consumers with Bitcoin-native DeFi products like trading and lending.

Peer-to-Peer fund transfer service provider Moneygram has collaborated with Stellar for Blockchain payments. Circle’s USDC stable currency would be used to enable quick money transactions, the firm said. Thus, many advancements are occurring in the crypto space. Most crypto assets are trending. 

Altcoins on the Rise

Solana’s spectacular Q3 performance pushed its price to an all-time high of $214.96, a 400% increase. Because its ecosystem is focused on security, data tools, and analytics, Q4 should be a lucrative quarter for DeFi. Terra Luna, following its Columbus 5 upgrade on September 30th, saw excellent growth in Q4. Token trading at $46.73 surpasses prior ATH.

In Q3, Dogecoin volatility spiked. The trend appears to be continuing in Q4, as the meme coin’s trade volume increased almost 400% last week. Moreover, it is also testing a key resistance level between $0.24 and $0.25, a breach of which may result in a new ATH.

Shiba Inu, a recent market phenomenon, surged almost 500% in four days, hitting a high of $0.00003502. Late Thursday, the dog-themed meme currency began to plummet. Furthermore, the asset has lost 30% in the past 24 hours. One of the whales just purchased over 1 trillion SHIB, prompting the price to soar. Because of this, the community believes now is not the time to purchase SHIB.

The crypto industry is growing like no before. Still, major events like Bitcoin Taproot upgrade, Ethereum merger, and Cardano Hydra layer 2 scaling solution update are on the way. As improvements are planned for late Q4, now looks like a good opportunity to purchase crypto assets and take calculated risks.

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Fantom (FTM) Price Upsurges More Than 17% In the Last 24-Hours

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Fantom (FTM) Price Upsurges More Than 17% In the Last 24-Hours
  • Fantom is a smart contract-capable blockchain platform.
  • Fantom’s DAG-based platform provides immediate payment, near-zero costs.

Crypto investors are taking note of Fantom’s recent rise. Fantom (FTM) was one of the major winners in the crypto market’s summer rally. Its price soared throughout August, reaching an all-time high of $1.93 on September 9, 2021. It has since cooled, but for fans of Fantom, this might be an excellent time to purchase.

The aim is to provide reliable and secure transactions via an open-source, permissionless platform. Fantom’s DAG-based platform provides immediate payment, near-zero cost, and unlimited processing scalability by integrating smart contract Dapp architecture.

Fantom Rivals

The potential for Fantom to be a better version of Ethereum (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency, is exciting. Fantom is a smart contract-capable blockchain platform. These applications enable blockchains to do more than transfer cryptocurrency from one user to another. The platform’s native cryptocurrency is the Fantom token.

The future may hold the most difficult task for Fantom. There are many Ethereum alternatives. Cardano (ADA) is the largest and has grown rapidly this year. Solana, too, is a growing platform with lightning-fast transactions.

Fantom FTM Price Upsurges More Than 17 In the Last
FTM/USDT: Source: TradingView

Fantom may be a good cryptocurrency investment due to its fast transactions and sophisticated smart contracts technology. Its price has fallen since its peak, and its market value is lower than some of its major rivals. It may yet have space to develop.

However, it’s difficult to predict which of these platforms will be the most long-lasting. According to CoinMarketCap, Fantom price today is $2.29 USD with a 24-hour trading volume of $2,970,596,604 USD. Fantom is up 17.19% in the last 24 hours.

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Why A Parabolic Move Is Expected For Bitcoin, Billionaire Mike Novogratz

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Bitcoin Fear

Bitcoin has been on the rise with the start of the new month. The first week of October brought with it good tidings as top cryptocurrencies in the market had begun to rally for the first time in weeks. Bitcoin hit a new 4-month high on Friday with its break above $56K. Bulls have set their eyes on new all-time highs before the end of the year and CEO of Galaxy Digital Mike Novogratz has echoed this sentiment.

New Investors Holding Up The Market

Billionaire Mike Novogratz was on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to talk about the crypto market. Novogratz said that new investors were the reason bitcoin and ethereum price had held their high value. New investor enthusiasm has been on the rise since the bull market first slid into full gear at the beginning of 2021. But the recent turn of events in the crypto market has triggered a new wave of entrants into the space.

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Novogratz puts the current crypto global wealth percentage at 0.5%, only a small number compared to other financial markets. Nonetheless, an impressive percentage is given that the crypto market is yet to enter its teenage years. The billionaire expects the percentage to rise well above 0.5% as more investors move into the crypto space.

BTC price trading north of $54K | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Speaking of new investors coming into the market and holding up the prices, the billionaire had this to say; “It’s holding because of just new money coming in. There was $17 billion of new venture capital that went into the first half of the year. It’s just a tremendous inflow of both talent and money.”

Expecting A Parabolic move

Novogratz’s firm Galaxy Digital is a well-known investor in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Given this, the billionaire has always been bullish on the crypto market and has been vocal about his bullish stance. During his interview, the CEO revealed that he was expecting the crypto market to break new all-time highs through the fourth quarter of the year.

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“Not to sound like the ever bullish guy that I sometimes am accused of being, but I literally see a scenario where we take out the highs in Bitcoin and we have one of these parabolic moves in all the crypto going into the fourth quarter.”

Novogratz explained the reasoning behind his prediction using a racehorse analogy. He compared the movement of the crypto market to “the horse that turns the corner at the end” that ends up winning the race. Novogratz reiterated his bullish stance for the final quarter of the year. “The assets that are ahead in the fourth quarter usually have great finishes because everyone piles on and pushes the valuations higher.”

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Ethereum to Outperform Its Rivals With the Launch of Altair Hard Fork

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Ethereum to Outperform Its Rivals With the Launch of Altair Hard Fork