Explore the ‘Panorama Route’ in Mpumalanga and Experience a Night Safari in the Kruger National Park  - Handy Tips and Facts

Explore the ‘Panorama Route’ in Mpumalanga and Experience a Night Safari in the Kruger National Park - Handy Tips and Facts

Mission 45- Explore the ‘Panorama Route’ in Mpumalanga and Experience a Night Safari in the Kruger National Park

  • Tip1#
  • It’s great to travel to Mpumalanga and especially the Kruger National Park between May- Nov as Malaria is at its lowest risk. I still say rather be safe and if you are planning to travel to this part of the country anytime and would like some additional info regarding Malaria and it’s precautionary measures, you can contact a 24 Hour Malaria hotline 27 (0)82 234 1800.

  • Tip2#
  • Most of the roads to Mpumalanga from Gauteng are tarred so 4X4’s aren’t necessary. There are a few toll gates along the way so I would suggest to always have cash handy.

  • Tip3#
  • Choosing a bed rest location in Mpumalanga is difficult not because of a lack of accommodation but because every place you view on the internet looks so incredible that it leaves you more confused as to where to make your ‘home away from home’ base. My suggestion would be to look for personal recommendations and a location that is close to the places you would like to explore. Accommodation I personally recommend is Dar Amane in Graskop. It’s situated between Blyde Canyon Reserve and Kruger National Park.

    http://www.daramane.co.za


  • Tip4#
  • When embarking on a long day adventure, it’s always advisable to eat a good breakfast as you never know when you will be eating again during the day. If you are going to be doing allot of walking, you will need energy.


  • Tip5#
  • Packing for the day outing, it’s always advisable to take contact details of your accommodation to keep in touch of your return. Also contact details of the emergency services in the area incase of an emergency. Items to pack include comfortable shoes, a good sun hat, sunscreen, extra clothes, jacket (weather changes quickly), water, mosquito repellent, camera (fully charged), mobile (fully charged) and map or GPS. Take cash with you as most of the places require a small fee for entry or parking. You may want to take a towel and swimming suit with as some of the waterfalls allow for swimming.


    The ‘Panorama Route’ and Blyde River Reserve


  • Tip1#
  • Before leaving make sure you have enough fuel in your vehicle's tank and I would suggest starting as early as possible like around 7am. Travelling the ‘Panorama Route’ is always best done with a map of the area showing places of interest. This will also ensure you don’t miss out on any spectacular views but don’t be shy to try out any places that may come along your way that isn’t necessary on the map.


  • Tip2#
  • The Pinnacle a.k.a. Rock in middle of gorge!


  • Tip3#
  • God’s Window is slightly steep and a bit of a hike but there are stops on the way up so anyone can do it;)


  • Tip4#
  • When approaching any view I would suggest tone down your, “Oh Wow” as you could walk into some hiking viewing clickers club who seem to have a knack for staring without sound. Fascinating! Or ignore them and yodel out at the view;)


  • Tip5#
  • Though there may seem like allot of places to see on the route towards Blyde Canyon, each view is very quick so you can do every stop and complete the tour up to the Three Rondawels in a few hours.


  • Tip6#
  • Driving a little further from Berlin Falls is a treasure of a place that isn’t featured on any map but you can locate it whilst travelling towards the Blyde Canyon. ‘Potluck Bush Kitchen’ is nestled next to a small meander and is a bush kitchen that relies completely on traditional ways of cooking. The restaurant is covered by bamboo and features wooden stumps for chairs and a natural sandy ground. It’s the perfect place for a beer (if you are not driving) and a wonderful spot to have lunch, explore and waddle through the river.


  • Tip7#
  • ‘Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ features massive circular potholes with the Treur River running right through it. My suggestion is to stick to the marked pathway as beyond all the signs is a sheer drop and can be super dangerous. There are picnic facilities available.

    http://www.sa-venues.com/attractionsmpl/bourkes-luck-potholes.htm


  • Tip8#
  • Here are the fees that I can sort of remember for the following stops I made on my journey- Prices can change anytime:

    • The Pinnacle

      - R5 for Parking

    • God’s Window and Forestview

      - R10 per person

    • Wonderview

      - Free

    • Berlin Falls

      - R10 for Parking

    • Potluck Bush Kitchen

      - Free Entrance

    • Lowveld View

      - Free Entrance (If I can remember)

    • Bourke’s Luck Potholes

      - R5 for parking and R30 per person

    • The Three Rondavels

      - R5 or R10 for parking

  • Tip9#
  • Some places do not provide toilets so use the loo when you have a chance. I did take note of toilet facilities at Bourke’s Luck Potholes.


  • Tip10#
  • Most of the gates of all these viewpoints are open between 7am-5pm!


  • Tip11#
  • Treat each stop with precaution and stick to the rules as most of these places involve some major height and slippery rocks and could be fatal.


    The Kruger National Park


  • Tip1#
  • Travelling to the Kruger Park is something you need to plan a little in advance as the roads can get quite bad either affected by potholes or flooding. It’s always advisable to phone the gate you are planning to visit and find out about the conditions of the roads.

    The Kruger Park Gates and Times- Click Here


  • Tip2#
  • It is possible to see some of the Kruger National Park in a few hours but I would suggest planning which gate you would like to visit and work out your duration of stay and how far you would be able to travel in the park. The park is massive and you won’t be able to get extremely far in a day.


  • Tip3#
  • There is a conservation fee when entering the park and for South African citizens the price is R48.00 per person per day.


  • Tip4#
  • When travelling through the park, please obey the speed limits, they are there for the animals and your safety!


  • Tip5#
  • Visiting the Kruger Park in Winter does mean that the grass can be extremely high and makes it a little harder to spot animals. Find the nearest Waterhole; you will for sure be able to spot something there if it’s the right season.


  • Tip6#
  • Never at any time leave the comfort of your own vehicle, there are dangerous animals lurking and you could become their next meal. Find out from the gates where you are allowed to leave your vehicle and rest for loo stops. Also never hang out of windows or a sun roof... it’s a big no no!


  • Tip7#
  • When visiting the Kruger National Park, I advise to book or join a safari either in the mornings or evenings. Being with an expert game ranger will increase your chances of seeing any game as they keep tabs where animals have been spotted in the day. Also the park closes in the evenings due to all the rhino poaching and during the day the park gets so hot that the animals tend to go into hiding to keep cool from the heat. Call the gates to enquire about the availabilities and costs.


  • Tip8#
  • Make sure the fuel in your vehicle is full, you have lots of water in the car and you drive in an air conditioned vehicle... the park can get extremely hot!


  • Tip9#
  • For more information of The Kruger National Park and some more tips check out- http://www.krugerpark.co.za


    http://www.mpumalanga.com