Focus on Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa

The Panoramic Route

Central to this route is Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world.

On entering the Panoramic Route via Long Tom Pass from Lydenburg, at 2,149 metres above sea-level you travel along the highest tarred road in South Africa. It gets its name from the cannons used by the Boers against the British in 1900.

From the crest of Mount Anderson look down 1,000 metres to South Africa's largest man made forest and the town of Sabie which boasts the largest sawmill in South Africa.

Visit the Sabie Forestry Museum and see the three spectacular waterfalls, Horse Shoe, Lone Creek, and Bridal Veil. Between Sabie and Graskop you pass Mac Mac Falls.

Pilgrims Rest is an old gold mining town frozen in time, now a national museum with an opportunity to try your hand at gold panning.

Graskop, situated on the magnificent Drakensburg Escarpment above Kowyn's Pass, is the gateway to Blyde River Canyon, the Pinnacle, God's Window, Lisbon and Berlin Falls, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels.

Descend through the Abel Erasmus Pass to Blydepoort to enjoy a barge cruise on the dam.

Just before Acornhoek is the wildlife rehabilitation centre Mholo Holo.

Hazyview is the springboard to the Kruger National Park and the world famous private reserve Sabi Sand. A visit to the Shangana Cultural Village, with its Marula Market featuring exquisite craftwork, its day tours and its evening festivities, is a "must".

Whiteriver is part of a sub route of potters, artists, furniture craftsmen and sculptors called the Artists' Route.

Lower Sabie Restcamp - Kruger Park

Lower Sabie Restcamp graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the Kruger National Park.
The restcamp is some 35 km from Crocodile Bridge, situated on the banks of the game-rich Sabie River in the southern part of the Kruger National Park, with excellent sundowner viewing.

With its large lawns and shade trees this camp is a very popular family destination.

Due to the abundant foliage and waterholes in the area, game abounds here. There are various excellent drives in this area, especially the one flanking the river’s south bank, and lions are quite common in this area, usually under trees and bushes in the heat of the day, but early morning and late afternoon drives should lead to to various sightings.

A small dam situated only about 1 km from the camp often hosts crocodile, hippo and various species of birds.

Facilities at the camp:

  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Cafeteria
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Cutlery and Plates Hamper
  • Emergency Road Service
  • Laundromat
  • Petrol Station
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Post Box
  • Public telephones
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Swimming pool


Keartland Guesthouse
On the river front - 7 persons with 3 x air-conditioned bedrooms, each with two single beds and bathroom en suite (bath, shower, toilet and basin).

There is a bench-bed in the livingroom. A fourth bathroom has a shower, toilet and basin.

Kitchen with a stove (with oven), refrigerator /freezer, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Barbecue facilities, carport.

Guest Cottage

Moffett Cottage - 5 persons
2 x air-conditioned bedrooms with two single beds each. One bedroom has a bathroom en suite (bath, shower (over bath), toilet and basin).

This bathroom is adapted for handicapped persons. A second bathroom has a bath and basin. There is a separate toilet.

Enclosed veranda and kitchen with a gas stove (with oven), refrigerator/freezer, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Open parking and barbecue facilities.

Steenbok Cottage (On the river front) - 4 persons with 2 x air-conditioned bedrooms, each with two single beds and bathroom en suite. One bathroom has a bath, shower, toilet and basin and the other a shower, toilet and basin.

Lounge/diningroom and open-plan kitchen with a gas stove (with oven), refrigerator/freezer, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Barbecue facilities and open parking.


2 x 3-bed bungalows have air-conditioning, a refrigerator, two-plate stove (without oven), sink and a veranda. Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery are not provided. One hut has a shower and toilet and the other, which is adapted for handicapped persons, has a bath and toilet.

2-bed bungalows with air-conditioning, shower, toilet, a refrigerator and veranda. Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery are not provided.


1-bed, 2-bed, 3-bed and 5-bed huts have communal ablution facilities, air-conditioning, washbasin and refrigerator. Four of the two-bed huts have a veranda but no washbasin.

The others have no verandahs. Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery are not provided.

Semi-luxury Tent

The tents are built on a wooden platform, with access via steps or a ramp. These tents have en-suite bathrooms with shower and toilet and hand basin. The tents have 2 single beds, a table and 2 chairs, electricity, fan, fridge/freezer, a 2-plate hotplate with utensils.

There are 3 units that are suitable for the disabled all with a view of the river.

Please Note accommodation rates do not include conservation fees. Please see Conservation Levies


  • Morning and Afternoon Bush Walks
  • Morning Drive
  • Night Drive

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