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Welcome to Panorama Route!

South Africa's Panorama Route is easily one of the most popular places for travel in South Africa, and by far one of the most scenic on the continent. Winding its way through the Drakensberg craggy mountains of Mpumalanga and the northeastern end of the Great Escarpment, this route has some of the most dramatic landscape in the world, and travellers should easily find suitable Panorama Route hotel accommodation.

The best views are to be had on a clear winter's day when the mist and clouds that mar the view in summer are nowhere in sight. At the edge of the plateau, the land falls away beneath your feet and the vast Lowveld plains spread out about a kilometre below. The rains that come here the rest of the year are largely due to the plateau acting as a cloud barrier and make it difficult to see very far.


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Along the Panorama Route, the most famous stretch is the one at the Blyde River Canyon. With dozens of great view points and a bird's eye view of the 33-km gorge marked by the Bourkes Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels, the Blyde River Canyon is quite something.

The potholes of Bourkes Luck are an unusual water feature formed by millions of years of erosion. These whirling water holes have been grated away from the rocky river bed due to the friction between the sands and rocks in the water and the floor of the river.

The Blyde River forms the largest South Africa canyon, also the third largest canyon in the world. The sheer magnitude of the sight and the wonderful vantage points one gets from this escarpment make it a natural wonder in its own right. The cliffs, the distant river bed, the jagged rocks, the whirlpools - you can see nature is at its very best in this canyon and enjoy many Panorama Route tours.

Breathe in the refreshing, cool air at the top of the Long Tom Pass, be enthralled by the reviving spray of the waterfalls as they drop down the edges of the cliffs to the valleys and gorges below, or just delight in the magnificence of the views.

Add a little something extra to the trip by trying hot air ballooning joy rides with a glass of bubbly and someone special by your side. Or explore the culture of the region at Hazyview's Shangana Cultural Village. There are many exciting things to see and do along the Panorama Route, ensuring an action-packed, fun-filled South Africa holiday.

Take a Panorama Route tour and enjoy an enchanting view of the plains stretching out towards Mozambique, the Kruger National Park and the mountains in the distance, head to the walking trails of God's Window.

If a South Africa safari is your thing, then the Big Game Country of Mpumalanga is just the place to find some serious action. With dozens of sanctuaries for animals and birds, there is so much to see and do. The jewel in South Africa's crown is the world famous Kruger park. Nearby are also a number of luxury private reserves and a variety of Panorama Route hotels, as listed on our Panorama Route map. In addition to safaris, the area offers hiking, bird watching, fishing and horseback riding. Streams, which were once centres of the gold rush, are now havens for trout fishermen and hobby anglers.

The Mpumalanga region of South Africa is bursting at the seams with history and fascinating stories. From gold prospectors to hunters, the area has been a great place to come to since the pioneers first arrived here. The best places to see some living history are the gold rush towns near Pilgrims Rest and Barberton. For a feel of local culture and tradition, the Middleveld is hard to beat with its old customs, such as the enigmatic Ndebele brightly decorated homes.

The route to Kruger Park from Mpumalanga is in itself a great attraction. Take a slight detour on the N4 towards Dullstroom village; make your way to the Long Tom Pass for some great views, and then head on to the Lone Creek Falls until you reach Sabie. Sabie is a delightful little town that sustains itself on forestry and that has lush green countryside that is oh-so-easy on the eye. After a stopover at Sabie, head to the Mac Mac falls and splash about in the refreshing waters of the pools below.

Another great break away from the main route at Pilgrims Rest. This historic gold rush town is a fascinating stop on the way to the Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve. Once at the reserve, gaze out onto the canyon below and indulge in some serious bird watching. The southernmost end of the reserve offers an indescribable view of the Lowveld from Gods Window. After this, you'll be within easy driving distance of the Orpen Gate, your entry point to Kruger park.




Böhm's Zeederberg is a small country house situated in the beautiful Sabie river valley between sabie and Hazyview on the R536

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There are three types of accommodation that Chestnut Country Lodge has to offer - Standard Rooms, luxury suites and the Chestnut Suite.

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The Rock-a-Bye Bed and Breakfast is a family-friendly lodge, located on a macadamia farm in Hazyview. In this peaceful setting, guests can look forward to getting back in touch with nature.

Rock-a-Bye is an excellent base for various adventurous activities such as a visit to Kruger National Park or travelling along the Panorama Route.

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The location of Windmill Wine Shop and Cottages is extraordinary. It overlooks the Sabie River Valley and beyond to God's Window and the Drakensberg, with the Kruger National Park being merely 20 min away.

This is an ideal getaway base from which to explore the area or merely to relax and unwind.

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Brandwag Farm Cottages are situated in Hazyview near the Kruger National Park. They have the most wonderful gardens and also a walking trail.

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Floreat Riverside Lodge holds a three star grading and caters to everyone's needs. Business executives, families and honeymooners will all find something that meets their needs at the Floreat Riverside Lodge. 

What more could you ask of a picturesque location such as this. Floreat Riverside Lodge is centrally located, within fair distance to most of Mpumalanga’s scenic and wildlife attractions and is built up, just far enough out of the nearest town to unwind, relax and not have to deal with the sound of passing traffic. Here it is nothing but nature, wide-open spaces and forestry plantations unfolding around this beautiful property.

 

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The Lone Creek River Lodge is a luxurious accommodation by the side of the Sabie River. It provides a wide range of facilities and leisure activities for guests. It is suitable for families, honeymooners and business travellers.

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The focal point of the Villa Ticino guest house is its garden. With a mix of European, indigenous and tropical decoration, it is the perfect place for both relaxing and birdwatching!

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The Woodsman (bed and breakfast) is located in the beautiful Sabie Valley. The Woodsman lies within close proximity to the attractions of the region, stunning waterfalls and scenic routes. It has an excellent restaurant and an interesting curio shop.

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Nestling in a misty green valley, amid the dramatic mountains of Mpumalanga, the historic town of Sabie is an ideal base from which to explore one of South Africa's best tourist destinations.

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Flycatcher Castle has five suites, decorated in the style of the 19th century.

Flycatcher Castle has a double volume lounge with a massive fireplace and two Art Deco lounge suites.

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West lodge consist of five, luxury en-suite bedrooms all built in victorian style.

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Blyde Lodge situated in Graskop, where you can unpack, relax and enjoy the accommodation and visit some of the most amazingly unforgettable places with sights that will take your breath away.

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Graskop Hotel is a unique artistic experience offering friendly accommodation, contemporary South African art in a variety of interesting settings and culinary delights to be remembered.

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Thaba Tsweni Lodge & Safari's is a family orientated lodge, nestled in a natural mountain setting with great views. The environment offers guests great hiking, mountain biking, birding and scuba diving in a high altitude river near the lodge.

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Balloons Over Africa offers scenic hot air balloon tour over the beautiful Sabie River valley, near Hazyview in Mpumalanga.

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Abseiling is an tourism activity for the adventure lover, where the participant sets aside fears and steps over the edge into nothingness.

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There is a choice of easy to very difficult single track mountain biking trips. The scenery that the participants will pass through is amazing.

Participants will be given a map to guide them along the way. All the routes are clearly marked. There is also the option of a guided trip.

Both beginners and experienced riders are welcome to join this activity.

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Nestled in a picturesque setting at the base of the Drakensberg escarpment in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Moholoholo has become a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife.

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This is an 8-km route going down the Sabie River, appealing to the novice and accommodating the adventure lover.

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2 Day Adventure - Includes: Quad Biking, Abseiling, Zipline, Paintball, Rafting or Geckoing,Accommodation and meals. 

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2 Nights stay at Nabana lodge (B&B), 3 activities included in package at Induna Adventures.

Activities

  • White Water Rafting / Geckoing
  • Quad Biking and Zipline

 

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4 Nigts Stay at Nabana Lodge with 3 Adventure Activities included.
White water rafting or Geckoing
Hiking Trail
Abseiling

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One Night accommodation @ Umbhaba Lodge inclusive of two adventure activities @ Induna Adventures
Beat the winter cold with some adrenaline

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What does it feel like being strapped into a harness and hook to a 450-meter long cable, 77-meter high? What does it feel like when gravity is pulling you down a suspended cable up to 100km/h?

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Kruger Park Lodge is built on the banks of the Sabie River and offers guests a choice of luxury chalets overlooking the nine-hole golf course.

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Sabi River Sun Resort is situated on the banks of the tranquil Sabie River, surrounded by the scenic splendour of the Lowveld.

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The main lodge area of Tana Mera comprises the reception, dining area, lounge and a comfortable bar. These areas are tastefully decorated.

 

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Hippo hollow are situated on the R40 near the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route.

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Casa do sol is a unique destination with luxury and elegance, roaming through the spectacular gardens you will experience peace and privacy.

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Welcome to the Panorama Route!

Panorama Route hotels team

Meet Jaco and the team from Induna Adventures. We are your local connection in the Panorama Route!

Induna Adventures has been operating for 8 years, with plenty of highlights worth mentioning: our staff members are the best in the world and they prove to be the highlight of all visitors. Apart from this, we are the organiser of one of the biggest annual mountain bike races in South Africa. We offer team building excursions with major companies all over SA and international guests.

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