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.
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. Meals arranged by your guide in privatised Camp restaurants such as Cattle Baron, Mugg & Bean or Tindlovu.
|Per person sharing twin room||ZAR 14 250.00||DBB|
|Per single room||ZAR 14 700.00||DBB|
|Per child under 12 yrs sharing||ZAR 7 120.00||DBB|
Please note the Panorama 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.
Leave Johannesburg in an air-conditioned microbus with our experienced driver / guide. Travel east across the Highveld grasslands towards the Drakensberg mountains before lunch. Visit 3 Rondavels in the Blyde River Canyon then continue to other highlights of the Panorama Route such as God's Window, Wonder View or Berlin / Lisbon waterfalls. Browse at the informal markets for African curios. Drive down Kowyn's Pass to Hazyview and overnight at Sabie River Bush Lodge ( or a hotel ) with dinner in the restaurant.
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge then enter Kruger Park for your morning game drive. Travel through bushveld areas and probably along a river looking for Big 5 species ( lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo ). Keep your camera ready for any animals crossing the road. Stop at a Camp or picnic spot for refreshments before continuing with the afternoon drive. Arrive at your Rest Camp and book into a chalet with air-con and screens over the windows to prevent insects. Your guide will arrange dinner in the privatised restaurant and overnight.
Head out for an early morning game drive in search of lion and other big cats whilst its cool. Stop at Lower Sabie if possible for breakfast and a great view of any hippos or crocodiles in the river. Continue on the next game drive travelling through the open grasslands so its easier to see smaller species. Return to your Rest Camp for a break during the heat of the day - time for lunch, curio shopping or a swim. Approximately 16.00 board the National Parks open safari vehicle equipped with spotlights for a sunset drive ( duration 3 hours ) and a chance to see predators or other nocturnal species. Your guide will collect you for dinner in the main camp restaurant and then walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.
Depart from camp for your final game drive searching for those elusive animals such as leopard often found in trees or rocky outcrops. For the bird watchers its one of the best times of the day when you can listen to the different calls in the bush. Breakfast and review your checklist, then leave the Park to begin your homeward journey. Travel past orchards and forests to Nelspruit and back up to the Highveld. Arrive in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport or nearby hotels by 16.00. Please allow 1.5 hours connecting time for local flights or 3.0 hours for International flights. Passengers staying at hotels in the northern suburbs are advised to use the Gautrain to Sandton or make arrangements for a transfer.