Taking the N4 route away from the city and heading to the Kruger National Park for the ultimate weekend away, is one of the best things that you can do to free your mind and embrace the absolute beauty of the incredible country we get to call home.
While the past year has curtailed travel and tourism, it has given South Africans the opportunity to revisit their own country without having to jostle through the overseas tourist crowds.
The Kruger National Park is a huge attraction, known for its bounty of wildlife and interesting plants. And all around the Kruger there are countless attractions that are equal in beauty and can make your time in this part of the world more interesting.
Whether you intend to spend the entire weekend touring the park or if you wish to make your weekend a more adventurous one, with a whistle stop tour of the area, you can once again fall in love with the place you call home.
The trip from the city to the Kruger is about 340 km and can be done in about a morning of driving, if you intend to stick to the road the entire way through, without making any detours.
No one can say that every part of the N4 is gorgeous, because that is simply not true. Until you reach the escarpment, the landscape is mostly flat and without all that much to see. So there is not much chance of you stopping off along the way, unless you are grabbing a bite to eat or stretching your legs.
Mpumalanga is a stunning place. Known in South Africa as the Place of the Rising Sun, the province is a world-class safari destination and is a landscape of mountains. The rolling greenery is something to behold and it is also home to the Panorama Route.
Not everyone takes the Long Tom Pass road as many people prefer to head straight to Nelspruit to stock up for their time in the Kruger. But to miss Long Tom Pass, is to miss out on seeing a spectacular part of what the province has to offer. Long Tom Pass is a stretch of road that winds along the top of a part of the Drakensberg Mountain range, and the views are absolutely breath taking!
Following this road will take you through Sabie to Graskop, a small mountain town. All along this route you can stop off at a few of the waterfalls that dominate the area and there are various family owned restaurants to visit as well.
To get to the Kruger National Park from Graskop, you will take the road that will take you past the Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest and the only green canyon in the world. The views are exquisite and there are a few trails that will take you close to the edge of the mountains which is quite the thrilling experience.
One feature you should look at while you are here is the Three Rondavels.
If you continue on this road, you will eventually get to the Kruger National Park where that safari experience awaits you. If you are not so keen on driving yourself through the park, you can always book a safari with Kurt Safari. Our experienced guides will happily take you on the trip of a lifetime through the Kruger National Park.