Panorama Route & Kruger Park

About the tour

This tour is meant for someone who don’t have enough time to explore the whole of South Africa. It travels through some of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, offer you the best taste of our food and give you an insight to the fantastic cultures. That make us the rainbow nation: People coming on this tour wants a relaxed trip enjoying every moment of this country ad it’s beauty. One of the best parts is the wildlife safaris at a top lodge in Luxurious Sabi Sand Game Reserve inside the Kruger National Park.

  • PRICE

    per rider

    $US 4,995

Facts

Average age of groups:

35 to 60 years

Average group size:

4 to 8 riders

Difficulty of road services:

1 to 3 out f 5 ( 1 meaning easy , 5 difficult )

Road service ratio:

90% Pavement 10% Dirt

Average distance per day: 

210km

Backup vehicle:

Yes

Rider experience:

Beginner to Intermediate

Include: 

Accommodation, All meals, Fuel,  All South African drinks

Diary

Day 1- Johannesburg to Hannah Lodge

From O.R. Tambo Airport we leave to pic up the bikes. From there we leave for quite a long day of riding 362km but yet, through some really scenic areas to sleep and be entertained at Hannah Game Lodge close to Origstad.

Day 2 - Hanna Lodge doing the panorama route

One breathtaking view after another – that’s South Africa’s famous Panorama Route, where you’ll experience mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon, one of the world’s largest canyons.The small town of Graskop is the gateway to the Panorama Route. It’s a good place to set up base. Scenic landmarks with evocative names like God’s Window, Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels beckon. The awe- inspiring Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls and Mac Mac Falls are also just a short drive away. Adding some historical romance into the mix, half an hour’s drive from Graskop, the goldrush town of Pilgrim’s Rest gives you the chance to relive the 1873 goldrush in surroundings of unparalleled beauty. You can even try your hand at panning for gold.

From Graskop, head on to the Blyde River Canyon Reserve. Thread your way along the cliff btops 800m above the Blyde River Canyon, and at God’s Window, be sure to walk in the thick, indigenous mist forest that’s often among the clouds.

The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are also well worth a visit. These giant potholes have formed at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers and mark the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon.

Approximate distance 266km

Day 3 & 4 - Hanna Lodge to Sabi Sand - Kruger park

The beautiful and historic Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve comprises of 65 000 hectares of incredible Mpumalanga plant and animal life. 50kms of its unfenced border adjoins the Kruger National Park, allowing wildlife to roam freely between the reserve and the park. Here guests are likely to spot the Big Five, as well as many other endangered species. Sabi Sand is also home to the famous Sabi Sabi concession, which was founded in 1979, as well as the ever-popular Singita Ebony and Boulders Luxury lodges.

With photographic safaris, bush weddings, honeymoon escapes and family holidays, the variety of incredible luxury lodges offer something for everyone in Sabi Sands. Each five-starred luxury lodge is unique and spaced in such a way that guests are guaranteed privacy and intimacy. No matter what guests choose to do or where they decide to stay, they are ensured of a relaxing and memorable safari experience.

Approximate distance 166km

Day 5 - Sabi Sand to Swaziland

The Maguga Dam is a dam on the Komati River in Swaziland. It is 115 metres high and is located 11 kilometres south of Piggs Peak. The dam is located at 26°4′51.57″S 31°15′25.84″E and was completed in 2001.The dam embankment comprises approximately 800 000m3 of clay, 2 800 000m3 of granite rock and 43 000m3 of filter material. It has an overall height of 115 metres, a crest length of 870 metres and a base width of 400 metres.Because the dam is located within a region influenced by cyclones, it has been designed to withstand a probable maximum flood of 15000 m³/s. The 180m long labyrinth spillway is designed to pass a flood of 7800 m³/s without damage representing a return flood of 200 years.The Maguga Dam received the South African Institution of Civil Engineering award for most outstanding civil engineering achievement in the International Category for 2001. The Maguga Dam Joint Venture received the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) Glenrand MIB Golden Jubilee award in the Technical Excellence Category for 2002.

Approximate distance 245 km

Day 6 - Swaziland - Barberton

From Maguga dam we travel to one of the most historic towns of south Africa, Barberton.  We will travel over Josefsdal Border post vi some onique forests and then the most incredible GeoTrail. Please go visit www.geotrail.co.za to see more about this area.  This geotrail is a bucketlist candidate, and something for everyone from families on leisure breaks, to geology students, to enjoy. The Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail takes you on a journey into the mists of an impossibly distant past — more than 3 billion years ago. We will then be entertained by someone who studied the history of Barberton that was one of the busiest town in South Africa with the gold rush. Large amounts of money flowed into Barberton and the first Stock Exchange to operate in the then Transvaal opened its doors. More buildings were erected, billiard saloons and music halls established. The Criterion and Royal Standard hotels were opened. Barberton flourished for only a brief period and soon the inhabitants began to move away to the newly discovered gold fields on the Reef.

Approximate distance 83km

Day 7 - Barberton - Johannesburg

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