Elephant, Kruger National Park
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
Giraffe and zebra, Kruger National Park
Elephants, Hippo Hollow
Kruger National Park
Mpumalanga, South Africa
Sunset, Johannesburg

Kruger & The Panorama Route

5 day Self Drive - from £419

Enjoy a fabulous mix of South African scenery and wildlife on this five day adventure from Johannesburg.


  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Scenic Panorama Route
  • Kruger National Park
  • Long Tom Pass
  • Beautiful scenery and wildlife

You can include this self drive in a longer South Africa holiday.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Long Tom Pass (320 kms)

Head out from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, towards the culturally rich and diverse province of Mpumalanga – ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. Enjoy the ever-changing dramatic scenery of high mountain passes and fertile valleys as you drive towards the Long Tom Pass, atop which stands an Anglo-Boer war field cannon which the British named ‘The Long Tom’ and from which the pass was named in its honour.

Hotel: Misty Mountain Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Panorama Route (70 kms)

After an overnight stay in the Long Tom Pass, head to the historic gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest with its quaint buildings and museums that will take you back in time to the bygone era of the South African ‘Gold Rush’.

Continue to the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world and arguably the most beautiful! Enjoy stops along the scenic Panorama Route and marvel at the geological wonders of God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels.

If time permits, visit the small town of Graskop a great place to pick up some local curios from a wide selection of vendors selling charming locally produced goods.

Hotel: Hippo Hollow, Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Kruger National Park (95 kms)

We suggest an early morning start as you enter the world famous Kruger National Park for the excitement of a self drive safari. Covering an area of 2 million hectares (roughly the size of Wales), Kruger is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Home to the ‘Big Five’, elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, along with a wide variety of other mammals and over 500 bird species. A true wildlife enthusiasts’ paradise. Overnight in the park for a true safari experience.

Hotel: Lower Sabie Rest Camp
Meals: None

Day 4 - White River (110 kms)

Another early start, making the most of your time in this magnificent wildlife haven. Continue your search for Africa’s legendary animals as you eventually make your way out of the park and head towards the town of White River for your overnight stay.

Hotel: Casterbridge Hollow
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Johannesburg (370 kms)

Depart White River on your scenic drive back to Johannesburg. If you have time, perhaps stop at the large town of Nelspruit where you can visit the Lowveld Botanical Gardens or Reptile Park before dropping your car off at Johannesburg airport in time for your onward travel.

5 day Self Drive - from £419


  • Add extra nights in Johannesburg or any location en route
  • Add a Kruger game drive, led by an expert tracker

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin or double room. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information and availability. Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar standard. Kruger entrance fees and park fees to be paid locally.


Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. Book them as they are or ask your consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your self drive tour includes:

  • Well planned route
  • Time to explore
  • Air conditioned car
  • Maps and information
  • Pre-booked hotels
  • Flexible itineraries

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