Panorama Route safaris Include:
Please be aware that during the summer months of December, January and February we may have some rain or misty conditions affecting the visibility along the Panorama Route. This will interfere with your sightseeing up in the mountains, but the weather down in Kruger Park can be quite clear for watching the animals.
Currency used is South African Rand ( R ) or ZAR as shown on Forex.
2024 prices effective from 01 December 2023
In Johannesburg between 07h00 and 08h00 at O R Tambo Airport and hotels nearby recommended. Other areas such as Sandton or Rosebank on request. Please avoid Johannesburg City Centre, Lanseria Airport and Pretoria. Nelspruit Airport is from 12.00 - 12.30 or by arrangement.
Chalet accommodation with air-con, insect screens, private shower & toilet. Triple share rooms can usually be arranged for families. Meals arranged by your guide in privatised Camp restaurants such as Cattle Baron, Mugg & Bean or Tindlovu.
|Per person sharing twin room||2024 RATE:
ZAR 18 800
|Per single room||2024 RATE:
ZAR 20 000
|Per child under 12 yrs sharing||2024 RATE:
ZAR 9 400
Please note the Panorama Route is not simply a scenic route on the main road from Johannesburg to southern Kruger Park. It is a rather long detour to the north and you will spend the first afternoon on this itinerary sightseeing. On Classic Kruger Park safaris, you would enter Kruger Park after lunch on Day 1 & begin game viewing immediately.
Pick up and leave Johannesburg in our 7 seater microbus with an experienced Kruger Park driver / guide. Travel east across the Highveld grasslands towards the Drakensberg mountains before lunch. Visit Three Rondavels in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, God's Window & other highlights of the Panorama Route. Browse at the informal markets for African curios. Drive down Kowyn's Pass to Hazyview then on to Sabie River Bush Lodge for overnight. Book into an en suite lodge room with aircon & modern furnishings. Time to relax on the deck looking across the extensive river for hippos & crocodile. Your guide will arrange dinner in the Gecko Lapa restaurant which serves a 3 course meal. WiFi is available so you can stay in touch with family & friends.
Awaken at sunrise, board the safari vehicle then head into Kruger Park for the early morning game drive. Travel through bushveld areas and probably along the river looking for Big 5 species ( lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo ). The Sabie River is a dominant feature of southern Kruger and travelling along the banks can be very exciting. After about 3 hours, stop at a Camp where your guide will provide breakfast packs and allow time to relax..Continue on the mid-morning drive with cameras ready for anything crossing the road then visit a waterhole to look for birds, crocodile and animals drinking. Later stop for a lunch break, check out the curio shop then continue with the afternoon drive. Most animals including the lions, move from shady trees as it gets cooler & begin grazing. Arrive back at Sabie River Bush Lodge - cool off in the pool, have a beer & watch the African sunset from the deck. Your guide will arrange dinner in the lapa restaurant which offers a set menu for the day.
Early breakfast at the lodge when you may see giraffe or impala coming to drink, then pack up & farewell to the staff. Head into Kruger for the first morning game drive searching for Big 5 species which can be found on most roads in southern Kruger. Stop at a picnic spot for refreshments & your guide will decide on the best route for the mid-morning drive when you can expect general game such as antelope, zebra & monkeys. Around lunchtime, arrive at Skukuza & book into an aircon chalet with screens to prevent insects. Time to cool off at the pool & go to the deli for lunch. Later board the National Parks safari vehicle with spotlights for a sunset drive ( duration 3 hrs ) to search for predators & other nocturnal species. After a memorable day on safari, join your guide for dinner in the Cattle Baron Bistro best known for its juicy steaks. WiFi will be available near the restaurant. Walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.
Join the group for coffee then head out for another exciting early morning game drive hoping to see elusive animals such as leopard often found in trees. For the bird watchers this is also the best time to listen to the calls in the bush and photograph colourful birds. Your guide will plan a breakfast stop then drive out of the Park to begin the return journey. Travel past the Lowveld citrus farms to Nelspruit, capital of Mpumalanga province then continue through the beautiful Schoeman's Kloof and up to the Highveld for lunch. Arrive in Johannesburg at O R Tambo Airport or nearby hotels by 16.00. Please allow 1.5 hours connecting time for local flights or 3.0 for international flights.