The Panoramic Tour takes you along a breathtaking route winding its way along the escarpment of the world-famous Blyde River Canyon. While it is difficult to compare canyons world-wide, Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on Earth, and it may be the largest ‘green canyon’ due to its lush subtropical foliage.
It has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet. It is the second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon, and is known as one of the great wonders of nature on the continent. Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the “Three Rondavels”, huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels.
We will stop at various view points en route, call in at any of the scenic waterfalls in the area and visit one of the early gold diggings, Pilgrims Rest. Another must-see is a spectacular site called God’s Window, a place from which it is said one can see “forever”. Finally, the Panorama experience takes us along a road built at 2000m above sea level, the highest tarred road in South Africa, called the Long Tom Pass.
We will travel through a rugged but beautiful countryside and your camera will capture panoramic views of ravines, rivers, grasslands and African bushveld – add to this image the low-lying cloud and mist which decorate the rain forest areas – no wonder Mpumalanga is often referred to as Paradise Country!
For those who would like to test themselves against nature, there are numerous inspiring walks, hikes, horse-riding and mountain bike trails. For those of the less active kind there is a “treetop – cableway” to experience. Your professional guide will advise of the best choice.
Our journey ends back at Sausage Tree at the onset of yet another magical African sunset – time now for that sundowner!
Duration: Full Day Tour
Time: Depart from lodge at 7am. Arrive back at lodge either before game drive or later.
Includes: Entrance fees per person, return transfers from and to Sausage Tree, packed breakfast from the lodge, lunch, services of a professional tour guide and touring in luxury air-conditioned vehicle.
News and Sightings
This new addition to the inside of our lodge is in fact a stunning photograph taken by our guide Kevin whilst on drive here on Balule. We have four others..
HYENA CALLING This female hyena was calling very strongly right in front of our vehicle early this morning and criss crosssing over the junction of Sable..