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Book a Thula Seats Panorama Tour to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the well-known Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon. To include all the viewpoints described below you will need to set aside a full day. However for those with limited time this tour can be shortened to suit your specific time restrictions and a half day tour is also available.
A full day Panorama Tour from the Hazyview area would ideally start with the pick-up at your hotel, lodge or B&B at about 08h00. The route would take us through the town of Sabie, which is the Forestry Capital of the Lowveld. The town of Sabie boasts a number of beautiful waterfalls to be seen such as the Sabie Falls, the Horseshoe Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Lone Creek Falls. These are known as the forgotten falls or secret falls and can be visited with prior arrangement. Our tour will take you to the Berlin falls and the Lisbon falls, two of the larger and more well-known falls in the area.
The Panorama route takes you past the Mac Mac Falls which are steeped in history. A small detour to view the delicate Maria Shire Falls can be arranged if time allows and on through the town of Graskop to the Pinnacle Viewpoint. From the Pinnacle it is a short drive to God’s Window with its stunning viewpoints overlooking the wide expanse of the Lowveld and the vast plains of the Kruger National Park. God’s Window is at about 6 000 feet above sea level and unfortunately when it’s cloudy there is nothing to see...however you will find yourself immersed in a cloud of mist that will make you forget time. For those energetic enough, a climb to the Rainforest is a must. To fully appreciate the beauty of God’s Window you should allow at least an hour there.
We pass Sir Percy Fitzpatrick of Jock of the Bushveld fame’s outspan area and onto the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Again, as with God’s Window, time is needed to fully appreciate the power of water over solid rock.
From Bourke’s Luck Potholes it’s about a 45 minute drive with mountains of Dolomite to the west and strange Quartzite and Sandstone formations to the east until we get to the first of 3 lookout points over the Blyde River Canyon. This is said to be the third largest “true” canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon. The Canyon is almost 25 km’s in length and 800 meters above the Blyde River, and took millions of years to form. It is truly a superb sight.
If time allows, on the return trip to your accommodation we will call in at the 92 meter high Lisbon Falls and the 48 meter high Berlin Falls. Please consider that all the falls on the Panorama Tour are best viewed during our summer months, which is our rainy season, for obvious reasons. But even during the dry winter months the falls in the area are spectacular even though there is not a great volume of water flowing over them.
The Thula Seats Panorama Tour is available from lodges and hotels in the following areas: Nelspruit, White River, Hazyview, Sabi Sands South and North, Hoedspruit, Timbavati, Manyeleti, Malelane, Komatipoort and Marloth Park.
The weather plays an important role when doing the Panorama Tour.
The below times are just estimates and not set times to be expected