The Panorama Route is one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in South Africa. In the north-eastern part of the Great Escarpment, the inland plateau declines abruptly and steeply and opens up fantastic views of the plains of the Lowveld a thousand metres below. This view is most reliable in the dry winter months. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon which can be reached from Graskop. Just a few kilometres north a small loop road leads to “God’s Window”, from where you will enjoy a wonderful view on the Lowveld. The Canyon starts at “Bourke’s Luck Potholes” and ends at the “Three Rondavels”. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge.
This Panorama Route package is priced at approximately £1720 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (aged between 3-11) sharing. The tour begins at Johannesberg and ends at Dullstroom after 10 nights.
|Day No.||Accommodation & Destination||Services Provided||Duration of Stay|
|1||Genesis Suites Hotel|
|Meet & Greet at O.R. Tambo International Airport|
Transfer OR Tambo International Airport to Genesis Suites Hotel
Two Bedroom Suite Bed & Breakfast
|3||The Cabanas Hotel|
|Standard Family Room Bed & Breakfast||2 Nights|
Entabeni Game Reseve
|Standard Family Room Full Board incl. 2 game drives per day||2 Nights|
|7||Hannah Game Lodge|
|Standard Family Room Bed & Breakfast|
including 1 game drive and 1 game walk per
|10||Highland Rose country House|
|Fountain View Cottage Bed & Breakfast||1 Night|
The above itinerary of the North west & Panorama with Kids package includes the following services.
- Route Description
- Transfers as detailed above
- Accommodation for 10 nights
- 8 nights bed & breakfast
- 2 nights full board
- Excursions and activities as follows:
– Gold Reef City & Apartheid Museum Tour (5 hours)
– Twice daily game drives at Entabeni Ravineside Lodge
– Daily game walk and game drive at Hannah Game Lodge
Services that are excluded are
- Daily conservation fees and entrance fees into national parks and private reserves
- Car hire
- Drinks, telephone calls, meals not mentioned above and all other items of a personal nature
Johannesburg (also called the City of Gold or iGoli) is a city with about six million inhabitants, situated in the province of Gauteng. The city has a western appearance with modern skyscrapers and big shopping centres. Johannesburg has a very pleasant climate; the summers are hot with most of the rainfall occurring in the summer months between October and April. Winter days are mild and dry, becoming cold (± 5˚c) in the evenings.
A guided tour through Soweto should not be missed. The township is found to the southwest of the city. If you would like to visit a museum, you can get a free “Museum Map, Gauteng” which gives an overview of the 40 museums from one of the tourist offices. The most popular museums are: The Apartheid Museum (an absolute must see!), Museum Africa (evolution of Johannesburg), the SA Breweries Museum (African beer brewing), the SA Museum of Military History and many more. There are a number of great shopping centres located to the north-west of the city such as Sandton and Fourways Mall for those wanting to buy South African merchandise. Gold Reef City lies to the south of the city and absolutely deserves a visit. It tells the story of the gold pioneers, their settlement and the gold mines which made the pioneers all their money.
Genesis Suites Hotel: Set in the heart of Johannesburg, Genesis is ideally located with easy access to OR Tambo International Airport and the cosmopolitan leisure suburb of Sandton. Offering one and two bedroom En-suite suites. Flexible for different types of travellers, the suites are sold Self Catering or Bed & Breakfast, making this your ultimate home away from home experience. Genesis Suites Hotel offers comfortable luxury for all types of travellers, and to make your stay even more luxurious, you can look forward to many added values.
Gold Reef City & Apartheid Museum Tour (5 hours) – Johannesburg
The Apartheid Museum experience is one of upliftment and liberation both personally & socially and leaves you with a feeling of hope for the future, unburdened by the ills of the past. Then you move onto a reconstruction of Johannesburg during the Gold rush era, built around a gold mine. Diversions include Victorian fun fair, miner’s houses and the mint. Tribal dancing adds to the fun.
Sun City Resort has a unique heartbeat and an African rhythm of its own and is unlike any other Resort destination in the world. This is pure fantasy and your every desire is met. There are four world-class hotels including the magnificent Palace of the Lost City that glitters like a jewel beneath the African sun, brilliant in its rain forest surroundings and luxurious in its detail and design.
The legend of The Lost City is that long before the dawn of a western civilization – a tribe from northern Africa brought their proud traditions of mighty architecture, luxurious hospitality and love of nature to an ancient volcanic crater they called the Valley of the Sun. An earthquake ruined the magnificent city they had created and forced the people to flee, but today it has been “discovered” and “restored” to its former splendour as The Lost City at Sun City. The Palace at The Lost City is a truly magnificent edifice of soaring columns, intricate mosaics and animal sculptures. Visit the Palace and enjoy its stunning architecture and its re-creation of an age-old mythical civilization.
The Cabanas Hotel: The most relaxed and casual of all Sun City’s hotels, the Sun City Cabanas is a lakeside hideaway situated in the Sun City Resort, a popular hotel choice for those travelling to Sun City. The Cabanas open out onto lush gardens leading down to the Sun City Lake which is a water-sport playground for visitors of all ages. South Africa’s Sun City resort has dazzled the international community with its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities and star-studded spectaculars.
The full variety of entertainment on offer ranges from slots to safaris; the theatre extravaganza to a games arcade for children; horse riding to golf; the Valley of Waves to The Lost City… whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Sun City in South Africa. The Sun City Cabanas are built on two levels with rooms on the ground floor and first floors. The Cabanas also has easy access to two of the worlds’ best 18 hole golf courses as well as the Lost City Valley of Waves. The Sun City Lake, better known as Sun City Waterworld, offers a full range of water-sports, including pedalos, wake snake and rubber ducks.
Entabeni Private Game Reserve
Entabeni offers far more than the usual game sightings of the Big Five. Experience scenic helicopter flights, targazing in the observatory, sunset lake cruises and a variety of game viewing activities.Entabeni Safari Conservancy, “The Place of the Mountain”, is situated in the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere” of the Waterberg region. Less than a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg, this 22 000 ha malaria-free reserve boasts five eco-systems. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide open grass plains. This is separated from the lower plateau by 600 metre high cliffs. The lower escarpment is about three degrees warmer and comprises sandy wetlands.
Ravineside Lodge: Ravineside Lodge is made up of thatched wooden units on stilts with bird’s-eye views over the valley below. Each unit has 3 or 4 luxury en-suite bedrooms with an African ethnic theme, making this ideal for families or groups of people travelling together. A private open plan lounge and bar area extends to the open sundecks. From here, guests can indulge in bird and game watching and experience the beauty of the ravine with the rippling sound of water far down in the valley, or relax at the pool and boma overlooking the grass plains nearby, which always offer superb game viewing.
Little Legends Eco Programme – Entabeni Ravineside Lodge
A range of fun and educational activities, especially suited to children are available to keep the kids busy while mom and dad are on safari. Specific activities offered here are a mini ranger course – including tracking and spoor reading, tree and bird identification, animal dung identification, water purifying and star gazing. Children are also taken for picnics and swims in the natural pools and in the evenings, a special table is set where the rangers join their smaller guests for dinner and story-telling. Other activities like horse riding and visits to
the Wildlife Centre and the Pedi Cultural Village are available on request.
Ohrigstad is a quaint village and valley nestled in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, close to the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Potholes. It is no surprise then that Ohrigstad is known as the gateway to the Panorama Route. Ohrigstad is the oldest town on the Panorama Route. Ohrigstad was founded in 1845 by Hendrik Potgieter, the well-known “Voortrekker” leader. He named the town after himself and George Ohrig: Andries-Ohrigstad. Ohrigstad is mostly a farming community and a diverse range of crops are produced. The scenic Ohrigstad valley combined with the panorama and an abundance of activities make for the ideal weekend breakaway.
Hannah Game Lodge: Professional, friendly and down to earth service characterizes this warm and peaceful getaway. Hannah is a reflection of Africa in its entire natural splendour, a captivating tapestry of African sounds, smells and colors. Upon arriving at the Lodge, staff at the reception takes pleasure in welcoming you and making sure that you settle in within no time. A fully stocked bar is available to quench your thirst. Enjoy sundowners on our terrace while watching the sun bathing the late afternoon sky in a spectacular array of colours. With accommodation and meals fit for a king, unspoiled nature and wildlife in abundance, game drives and many more activities to choose from, Hannah is a piece of paradise reserved for every nature lover. Near Ohrigstad, Hannah Game Lodge is ideally situated for those who wish to explore the Lowveld and discover all its treasures – God’s Window, Pilgrims Rest, Three Rondawels, and Bourkes Luck Potholes.
Children’s Activities at Hannah Game Lodge
Kids can choose 2 activities per day from the followig: signs & basic tracking, making moulds of animal tracks, competitions between groups with prizes to win, bok drol spitting contest, competition for making pictures, bushwalks, astronomy and frogs and frigging. This would be entirely up to the kids and the ranger/guide on which activities they would like to do, and what is available at the time (ie frogging is not available in winter).
Dullstroom dates back to the early 1880’s when Dutch Settlers made their way to the place of “eternal mist”. At 2097m above sea level, Dullstroom is one of the highest towns in South Africa. It has a sub-alpine climate, and is well known for its cool, often misty atmosphere, lending it an air of the Scottish Highlands. The local building style of pointed-stone and wooden log homes, along with the many pubs, restaurants, lodges and quaint village shops have made this one of the most appealing tourist destinations in Mpumalanga. With its moderate climate, crisp mountain air, and scenic beauty, Dullstroom lends itself perfectly to trout fishing.
With its stone lodges nestled along cool trout dams and streams, where bright yellow arum lilies and 120 other species of indigenous wild flowers carpet the region in a kaleidoscope of colour every spring. The area is home to a large number of indigenous bird species, and upwards of 150 species has been counted here, from raptors to water fowl. The Steenkampsberg is one of a few places in the world where all 3 South African species of crane (blue, crowned and wattled) occur together. A concerted effort is being made to conserve these elegant bird species in the
Highland Rose: The Highland Rose is to be found in the enchanting village of Dullstroom where one can ,while away, amid quaint buildings and cheery characters who populate this idyllic Mpumalanga village. Come breath the air, free your mind and relax in one of these comfortable cottages set in a beautiful garden lined with tinkering water features and koi pond. A bird watchers paradise. Hearty breakfasts in a “farmhouse style” kitchen or on the patio overlooking the garden.Bring your mountain bike, fishing tackle, hiking boots or simply just relax. Some of the Country’s most spectacular attractions are, but a leisurely drive away and include Birds of Prey Centre, Pilgrims Rest, Long Tom Pass, God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, to name just a few, or just “chill out” in the Dullstroom paradise by strolling around the charming shops and art galleries.
Cradle of Human Kind Tour (4 Hours)
The tour visits both the Sterkfontein caves, where the oldest hominid fossils (dating back to over 3 million years) in the world were found & Maropeng where you can experience the fascinating, interactive representations of the origin of Earth & all that lives on our unique planet. Interesting to both adults & children alike, this is a must visit for anyone passing through Gauteng.
Interactive Drumming Session – Sun City (from 6 years old)
Join in one of the oldest ways of human communication and enjoy the interactive rhythms of Africa by playing drums together and learn how to play the Djembe Drum.
Zipline Tour (from 7 years old)
Enjoy this unique adventure of sliding on steel cables while viewing the game below! With a total length of 1.3km, made up of 7 slides, this adventure in the sky continues over ten platforms ranging in height from 2m up to 14m. From the main tower you will take on the challenge of the longest slide (240 m) on the tour, while looking down on the zebra grazing below. A short game drive will take you back to the office.
Balloon Safaris (Min of 8 Pax, Max of 12 Pax)
Early in the morning you will be collected at your hotel by a 4×4. The balloon trip starts in the middle of the Pilanesberg National Park and the balloon travels for about an hour over the Park. After the landing you are offered ‘champagne’, an old tradition in the balloon trip world. Next you will get an extensive breakfast at a Game Lodge and will receive a certificate. Then a return transfer to your hotel.