Blyde River Canyon Three Rondavels viewpoint

Price From : ZAR 19640.00 (Per Person Sharing)

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** Special for 2021. If booking now for 2021 (and you can read this message) we will hold the 2020 price until 31 December 2021. We will not require a deposit at this stage.

The Panorama Route

Dramatically scenic northern Drakensberg escarpment route close to the Kruger National Park. Includes such sights as Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, several beautiful waterfalls including the Mac Mac, Lisbon and Berlin Falls. Blyde River Canyon is the third deepest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the USA and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. but is the deepest green canyon in the world. Pilgrims Rest, an old gold mining town preserved in its entirety. The Long Tom Pass rises to 2300 metres before descending to the Kruger National Park which is below 400 metres. The pass is named after the canon manufactured by Le Creuset in France, with which the Boers bombarded the advancing British, and of which a replica stands at the top of the pass.

The Crocodile River

The Crocodile River forms the southern border of the Kruger National Park. Crocodiles sun themselves on the sandbanks and hippos wallow in the shallows. To its banks come the animals of the Kruger Park to drink and enjoy the cool shade of the tall trees. Lodges near the river have the privilege of views of the Kruger Park across the river often better than the private lodges inside the Kruger.

From here try an optional visit to the picturesque country of Swaziland. Please see Swaziland Tour add to Kruger Park Itinerary.



2020: ZAR19,640.00 per person sharing, and ZAR28,790.00 for a solo traveller, and ZAR10,820.00 for a child sharing with one or two adults.

2021: ZAR20,820.00 per person sharing, and ZAR30,520.00 for a solo traveller, and ZAR11,470.00 for a child sharing with one or two adults.

Itinerary for This Tour

Day 1

Depart Johannesburg to start the Panorama Route

Meet and greet by our guide and depart for Sabie via the Long Tom Pass (weather permitting). It is necessary to depart the Johannesburg region before 12:00pm the latest in the winter months (May-August) or 13:00 the rest of the year in order to cross the Long Tom Pass in the daylight hours. Of course, the earlier you can go on this day the better. Passing through the town of Dullstroom you reach points on the central plateau (called the Highveld) that are over 2000 metres. Although it can have very pleasant temperatures in the day at night and during winter it can plunge well below freezing. Log fires are popular in all the guest houses. Trout, a fish that thrives in cold water, have been introduced to local rivers and streams. It is a popular destination for fly fishers and many north European trees and plants grow here too. Snow is common in winter. We will stop on route to have a quick "on the go" snack lunch.

Once over the Long Tom Pass things begin to change. If you proceed on to Nelspruit and the Kruger National Park you descend to a few 100 metres above sea level and the climate is warm and subtropical even in winter. But we will proceed along the Panorama Route first which is in the green belt just under mid-way down the escarpment. Your first night is in the forestry village of Sabie at the foot of the Long Tom Pass.

Accommodation Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at Sabie Townhouse Guest Lodge

Day 2

Panorama Route

Rise early this morning for breakfast at the lodge. Our local guide will pick you up and take you for Panorama Route Tour, all entrance fees and lunch (usually traditional pancakes savoury and sweet in the mist belt town of Graskop) included. There is some nice stimulating but not too strenuous walking to the various viewpoints and waterfalls to be done today and this together with the clean high air will give you an appetite! But do wear good walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Your guide will drop you at Hamiltons Lodge in the evening, right next to the Malelane Gate of the Kruger National Park. Evening at leisure.

Dinner is at your own cost but there is an excellent a la carte restaurant at Hamilton's and if you want variety tomorrow night there is Pestana opposite within walking distance. If you arrive early enough you might like to take a stroll in the remaining daylight down to the bridge over the Crocodile River which leads to the gate where you can view animals inside the Kruger National Park beneath you! It is quite safe to do this. There are usually plenty of crocodiles and hippos.

Accommodation Hamiltons Lodge, Bed and Breakfast

Day 3

Sunrise and Sunset Game Drives

You will rise before dawn and go for a sunrise safari with your experienced park ranger. This is a special time of day as the Kruger awakens and comes to life. Dawn is the busiest time of the day for wildlife viewing. Watch the iconic Fish Eagles cry as they soar along the river. Hopefully, there will be a matriarchal herd of elephant and their babies or a savage but necessary lion kill, perhaps some majestic giraffes and a herd of stern-looking African buffalo. Every safari drive is different you will encounter many animals. Not knowing which or when is what makes it exciting. You will return to the lodge for breakfast and spend the midday at leisure. Lunch is available at your own cost from the restaurant. It is also safe to take a stroll across the Crocodile River Bridge to stretch your legs. Then in the afternoon, you will gather to go for your sunset safari part of which will be in the dark getting glimpses of nocturnal creatures. 

The hotel has Wi-Fi. There is always the restaurant for occasional snacks, lunch and of course dinner (at your own cost). It is also safe to take short walks to Pestana Restaurant across the road if you want some variety.

Accommodation Hamiltons Lodge, Bed and Breakfast

Optional Activities:

Optional during midday. ( extra charges apply)
Visit Jane Goodall's Chimp Eden for one hour tour of the center
Visit Millions of years old Sudwala Caves
Visit Matsamo Swazi Village for display of local culture,music and dance supporting the local community

Day 4

Sunrise and Sunset Game Drives, Midday at Leisure.

As per yesterday, game drives in the Kruger National Park.

Accommodation Hamiltons Lodge, Bed and Breakfast

Optional Activities:

Optional during midday. ( extra charges apply)
Visit Jane Goodall's Chimp Eden for one hour tour of the center
Visit Millions of years old Sudwala Caves
Visit Matsamo Swazi Village for display of local culture,music and dance supporting the local community

Day 5

Sunrise Game drive and return to Johannesburg.

After your sunrise game drive in the Kruger National Park and breakfast, you will be collected for your private transfer back to Johannesburg.

End of Tour.

Tour Notes

Included in Price:

  • 4 Nights 4 Star accommodation.
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Daily Sunset and dawn game drives whilst staying on the border of the Kruger National Park - Hamiltons
  • Private return transfer with guide to Johannesburg address of your choice in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance Fees to all parks/places of interest mentioned in the itinerary
  • Panorama Route Tour including all entrance fees and lunch
  • 15% Value added tax where applicable.


Costs Excluded:

  • Flights 
  • All passport and Visa fees excluded
  • All Beverages excluded, except for tea and coffee with meals
  • All meals not in the itinerary
  • Travel and Medical Insurance excluded
  • All Optional Activities excluded
  • All cost of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, telephone calls
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour


Accommodation Note: All the hotels and lodges are as reflected in this itinerary, but if for reasons beyond the control of Mmilo Tours this is not possible, they will be replaced with establishments of the same star grading.

Important: Please read the itinerary carefully, noting any optional activities you or some members in your group may want to take part in. You do not have to take part in any of the optional activities if you do not wish to. It helps us in our planning to know if you are interested and the number of participants. 

These additional optional activities are not costed into this scheduled tour, and if you choose them, you pay the extra amount involved either directly to Mmilo Tours in advance, or on arrival at the venue. You will be informed accordingly by Mmilo Tours, and they are extra to the basic cost of the tour

All our tours and packages are subject to availability at the time of booking and payment and accommodation is in a standard double room at Hamiltons Lodge and in a standard room at the Sabie Townhouse Guest Lodge.

Accommodation for this Tour

Hamiltons Lodge
Region : Limpopo and Mpumalanga - Mpumalanga and Southern Kruger National Park

Located on the banks of the Crocodile River, 500m away from the Malelane Gate to the Kruger National Park

The Sabie Town House Guest Lodge
Region : Limpopo and Mpumalanga - Mpumalanga and Southern Kruger National Park

Guest House constructed of river stone and local timber, peacefully situated overlooking the stunning natural beauty of the Sabie Gorge.