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The scenic Panorama Route in Mpumalanga is acknowledged for its cultural heritage and its beautiful landscapes, offering a wide variety of attractions and historical sites to explore. The Panorama Route contains some of the most spectacular tourist attractions in South Africa including The Blyde River Canyon Nature Sanctuary.
The reserve offers a magnificent variety of wildlife as well as incredible views. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest in the world and one of South Africa's most admired scenic wonders.
The Blyde River Canyon Reserve is the highlight of The Panorama Route and extends along the Blyde River Canyon's winding path, offering magnificent views over steep edges dropping 800 meters into the riverbed.
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve contains beautiful mountain scenery and views giving the area its name of 'Panorama Route'. Attractions on offer include God's Window and The 'Pinnacle' which is a single quartzite column rising out of the deep wooded canyon and the 'Three Rondavels' (also called 'Three Sisters') are three huge spirals of dolomite rock rising out of the far wall of the canyon.
The Swadini Dam in the far distance marks the end of the reserve. Other attractions include the Echo Caves, Long Tom Pass, Ohrigstad Dam Nature Reserve, Horseshoe Falls and Perry's Bridge Reptile Park.
Air Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests from most major airports in South Africa to an airport situated closest to their destination along the Panorama Route. Once guests arrive at their designated airport they can either make use of a rental car or take a private road transfer which Sun Safaris can arrange for them.
Land Self-driving is the ideal way to explore The Panorama Route which is accessible from anywhere in South Africa; most of the roads are tarred and in good condition. The drive time will depend on where you are driving from. Maps will be provided upon booking your itinerary with us.
The rainy season which occurs during the summer months are from October until the end of March. The area is slightly cooler than the close by low-lying Kruger areas; however, warm rainy summers can be expected. The dry season or winter months are from April to September and days are usually warm and pleasant with mild temperatures and cool nights
Hippo Hollow Country Estate offers a magnificent setting on the banks of the Sabi River in Hazyview on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park. Guests can choose between beautiful self-catering chalets or luxury hotel rooms.
Perry’s Bridge Hollow is a small luxurious Boutique Hotel offering colonial flair situated outside Hazyview at the colonial Perry’s Bridge Trading Post. Guests have easy access to both the Kruger National Park and the scenic Panorama Route.
Dramatic mountains, waterfalls and perennial streams flow from trout dam to trout dam. Surrounded by open space, guests can relish the freedom of timelessness, exploration and peace. A place of retreat and absolute relaxation.
Maqueda Lodge is an intimate luxury boutique family run game lodge situated in a nature reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. It is famous for its excellent cuisine and personal and friendly service.
Oliver’s Lodge is privately owned and managed and guests are ensured of personalised service. The restaurant has been voted as one of South Africa’s top 100 restaurants and guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation and a blend of Austrian flair.
Walkersons Hotel & Spa is a luxurious 5-star country hotel offering a magnificent setting in the hills of the Mpumalanga Highveld, outside the beautiful town of Dullstroom. The hotel offers a haven for guests looking for a quiet and peaceful retreat.
Otters Den River Lodge offers a small island paradise in the Blyde River at the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment, close to the Kruger National Park. Guests are spoilt for choice as far as activities go and can choose between exciting safari activities.
Guests at Jatinga Country Lodge can enjoy a colonial country experience offering a magnificent setting in over 30 hectares of lush gardens on the border of the small town of White River just a short drive away from the Kruger National Park.
Nestled between the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and the sparkling clear waters of the Blyde River , Blyde River Canyon Lodge offers local and international travelers a unique bush experience with a high standard of furnishings, service and guest care.
Serenity Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in a peaceful haven consisting of 1300 hectares of beautiful scenery, forested mountains and crystal clear waterfalls along the scenic Panorama Route in the Kruger surrounds in Mpumalanga.
Tanamera Lodge offers 4-star luxury on the slopes of the Sabie River in the heart of the Lowveld forest. Accommodation is luxurious; complimented by spectacular views, offering the ideal location for guests wanting to explore the Panorama Route.
Hannah Game Lodge offers a value-for-money, yet traditional safari and wildlife experience. The Lodge is only 90 minutes drive away from the Kruger National Park and Eastgate Airport and Hoedspruit is one hour away from Hannah Game Lodge.
Cybele Forest Lodge and Health Spa offers the ideal hide-away for a romantic honeymoon or guests looking for a quiet safari get-away. The area is magnificent and the lodge is situated on three hundred acres of prime African bushveld.
Highgrove House is exclusive and has received numerous awards for the best small hotel in South Africa. The location is spectacular nestled in the mountains of Mpumalanga off the R40 Route between White River and Hazyview, a malaria free area.