• Blyde River Canyon

South Africa's Panorama Route

The Panorama Route, in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, takes you on an incredible journey to some of the continents great natural wonders. Arguably one of the most beautiful driving routes in the country, this scenic road trip moves through lush-green forests, to extraordinary vistas and impressive mountain ranges. Prepare to be spellbound by the many scenic viewpoints, magnificent waterfalls and picturesque villages along this route. This suggested itinerary combines relaxation and rejuvenation with adventure and wildlife, perfect for honeymooners or couples in need of a romantic adventure.

 Start your journey along the Panorama Route with three nights close to the small town of Hazyview. We highly recommend staying at Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa, where you can enjoy river-side views and luxury facilities on an organic farm. From Hazyview, your trip will take you to iconic sights such as the Blyde River Canyon, one of the longest green canyons in the world. Moving on to Bourke's Potholes, you’ll witness these spectacular geological rock formations in all their splendour before taking in the unforgettable views from ‘God’s Window’, an incredible viewpoint that offers breath-taking views over Kruger National Park. Continuing along the scenic Panorama Route, we suggest spending three nights in Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, in a luxury suite overlooking the Timbavati River. From this location you’ll have plenty of opportunity to admire some of the country’s incredible wildlife on an exclusive 4x4 safari adventure, through the rolling Lowveld savannah, in search of the BIg Five. 

7 days
Best time to go
November to May
Start your journey
Leopard in South Africa

Trip highlights

  • Self-drive, or take a private tour of South Africa’s iconic Panorama Route
  • Take a romantic tour through Summerfield’s rose tunnels and try their popular Duke Gin at the onsite distillery
  • Explore epic sights such as Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Potholes and God’s Window
  • Relax amongst the vast bushveld panoramas of Thornybush Private Nature Reserve and go in search of the Big Five
South Africa

Hazyview is a small farming town situated in Mpumalanga, famous for its Macadamia and Banana plantations. Hazyview offers the perfect base for exploring the Mpumalanga Escarpment's attractions, centred around the Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third largest canyon. This dramatic terrain offers lush mountain peaks, dozens of magnificent waterfalls, raging rivers and one of the largest forested areas in South Africa. Arrive at Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa and spend three nights at this barefoot luxury retreat on the Sabie River, set within a working organic farm, close to South Africa’s iconic Panorama Route. From this romantic location, spend your days indulging in award-winning cuisine and spa treatments and enjoy a tasting of Duke Gin, at the on-site distillery. This river-side retreat offers the ultimate romantic getaway, with plenty of opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Elephant in Kruger National Park
a herd of animals standing on top of a dry grass field

Self-drive, or take a private tour of South Africa’s iconic Panorama Route, before making your way to the Thornybush Nature Reserve where you’ll be accommodated in luxurious suites overlooking the seasonal Timbavati River.  Relax amongst the vast bushveld panoramas of Thornybush Private Nature Reserve and enjoy exclusive safari experiences either by vehicle or on foot, experiencing the true wonder of South Africa’s incredible wildlife.