The Drakensberg Mountain range runs from North to South through the Eastern region of South Africa. In Mpumalanga it divides the province into the Highveld in the West and the Lowveld in the East. This divide is best noted on the escarpment along the Panorama Route. The mountainous centre part of the Drakensberg mountain range in Mpumalanga reaches heights of more than 2000 m.
To the East, the Drakensberg escarpment forms a dramatic drop down to the Mpumalanga Lowveld. The popular Panorama Route runs along this edge and offers breathtaking views over the Mpumalanga Lowveld. Favourite viewpoints include the Pinnacle, God’s Window, World View. The Three Rondavels viewpoint gives a wonderful view down the Blyde River Canyon that runs down to the Lowveld. The Bourke’s Luck Potholes is another popular stop on the Panorama Route.
The Highveld consists of grassland with pockets of forest in between. This area produces maize (mealies), citrus and vegetables. In the higher lying regions around Belfast and Dullstroom, trout farming is a tourist attraction.
Remarkably, the district of Belfast exports tulip bulbs to Holland.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
The 5 Day Wildlife Experience Scheduled Tour, starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. It includes the Makalali Private Game Reserve, the Panorama Route, The Kruger National Park, The Mthethomusha Game Reserve, a game drive and walk in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.
Highlights: Makalali Private Game Reserve , Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Swaziland , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , St. Lucia Estuary & Lake .
The 3-Day Kruger National Park Safari departs Johannesburg on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It includes two nights in the Kruger National Park (Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp) and various game drives in your tour vehicle. There’s also an option of joining an ‘open’ 4x4 full-day game drive in the Park (own account).
Highlights: Kruger National Park .
Mpumalanga Province lies to the north-east of South Africa. In the Mpumalanga Highveld you’ll find grassland savanna and trout-fishing villages. The Mpumalanga Lowveld is known for fruit farms, game farms, private game reserves and the Kruger National Park. In between lies the spectacular escarpment and Blyde River Canyon.
The town of Belfast is situated on the national road (N4) that links the Johannesburg / Pretoria metropole to the neighboring country of Mozambique. It is mainly known for agriculture, collieries, trout fishing and the export of tulip bulbs to Holland.