Menu mobile

What to see on a road trip from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, encompassing almost two million hectares of real African wilderness. Home not only to the famous Big Five – the African elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard – the park boasts a staggering variety of plant and animal species as well as ancient rock art and fascinating archaeological sites. Kruger National Park truly offers visitors one of the best wildlife experiences on the planet.

Image from Kruger Park website

Kruger is easily accessed from Johannesburg. You can fly directly to an airstrip close to your lodge in the park itself or ask your lodge to organise a transfer to fetch you from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The other option, of course, is to hire a car and self-drive to Kruger. Choosing to embark on a road trip from Johannesburg to Kruger is not only likely to be the most cost-effective way to get to the famous park; it also allows you to experience some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the country en route.

Make the spectacular Panorama Route the highlight of your road trip from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

The Panorama Route threads through the northern Drakensberg (the highest mountain range in South Africa) in the Mpumalanga province. The area is known for its natural wonders and incredible views. Well worth the journey in its own right, the Panorama Route is conveniently located just outside of Kruger National Park, making it an unmissable feature of your road trip from Johannesburg to Kruger.

Take a peek through God’s own window

The Panorama Route is best mapped out by the natural wonders that the area is so famous for. First on the itinerary is God’s Window. This awesome viewpoint is part of a 250 kilometre stretch of cliffs plunging over 700 metres down to the valley floor. Cast your gaze over the jaw-dropping vista of canyons, valleys, rock formations and waterfalls and you can’t help but feel humbled by the beauty and splendour of the place. It’s no wonder the area is dubbed one of God’s favourite views.

Marvel at the majesty of Blyde River Canyon

God’s Window is one of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve’s most astonishing views. The rest of the canyon, however, is certainly nothing to be sneezed at. The wonderful thing about self-driving the Panorama Route is that it’s not only the well-known stops that afford you stunning views; every twist and turn along the route reveals a new angle from which to gawk at the incredible beauty of the canyon.

Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world, and claims top spot as the largest green canyon. In comparison to the seemingly barren browns and beiges of the Fish River Canyon, the Blyde River Canyon teems with verdant vegetation, pristine waterfalls and abundant wildlife.

Explore the weird world of Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Where the Blyde River and the Treur River meet, you’ll find the fascinating natural rock sculptures called Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Carved out of the solid rock over many years by the constant passage of swirling water, the potholes give the impression that someone has gouged out helpings of rock with a giant ice cream scoop. A bizarrely beautiful natural phenomenon, it’s easy to see why so many visitors come to admire the strange shapes and colours of Bourke’s Luck Potholes each year.

Check out the Three Rondavels before heading for Kruger

Rondavels are small, round cabins, and the aptly named Three Rondavels are three mountain peaks resembling round huts with cone-shaped roofs. This is your last stop along this scenic detour before continuing on your road trip from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by making a beeline for Kruger via Hazyview.

If you need to hire a specific vehicle during your trip to Johannesburg then here are some options below;

  • Share this page  
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Newsvine
  • E-mail
  • Tumblr
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks

1 Response on this page.Add your own

  1. Gravatar Mahendra Mehta says:

    What is the best scenic place to stay overnight from my scenic route from sun city to Kruger national park ? Pl advice . We r 4 couples of 60 years of age . Love to see scenic spots .

    Reply to this comment




Leave a Comment

4 Kruger Getaways

Take it from the worldly travellers themselves, and see why Kruger National Park has such a lure. Drive South Africa explores 4 great ideas for your Kruger Park getaway.

4 Kruger Getaways
Best Time To Visit Kruger National Park?

When is the best time to visit the Kruger National Park, and why? Drive South Africa breaks down the reasons why the dry season is the best time to enjoy an African safari at Kruger Park.

Best Time To Visit Kruger National Park?
Kruger Park Safari

Self Drive safari tour through the world famous Kruger National Park

Kruger Park Safari
How to plan a road trip in South Africa

Here are tips to help you plan your next road trip in South Africa. A road trip that'll leave you feeling unbridled with adventure.

How to plan a road trip in South Africa
Road trip planner 101: packing checklist

This road trip planner 101: packing checklist includes a list of essential items you need to pack before heading off into the sunset.

Road trip planner 101: packing checklist
Campervan Hire Johannesburg | Camper Rental Johannesburg

Hiring a motorhome, camper, caravan or RV. Explore South Africa from the comfort and convenience of our wide range of fully equipped Johannesburg campervan rentals at affordable prices.

Campervan Hire Johannesburg | Camper Rental Johannesburg
Johannesburg (OR Tambo) Airport Car Hire

Affordable comparative car hire at Johannesburg OR Tambo airport. A wide range of vehicles form multiple suppliers, best prices & qualified consultants with an easy secure online booking service for your Johannesburg Airport car hire needs. Sedans, SUVs,

Johannesburg (OR Tambo) Airport Car Hire
Johannesburg 4x4 Hire | Johannesburg 4x4 Rental

4x4 hire Johannesburg, South Africa. Fully equipped Johannesburg 4x4 car hire for your off road adventure. Wide range of 4wd rental in Johannesburg from qualified consultants, secure online booking and affordable prices.

Johannesburg 4x4 Hire | Johannesburg 4x4 Rental
Johannesburg Airport Transfers

Affordable and reliable Johannesburg Transfer. Arrive safely on time with Drive South Africa’s door-to-door transfer service.

Johannesburg Airport Transfers
Car Hire Kruger Phalaborwa Airport | Car Rental Kruger Park Airport (Phaa)

Car hire at Kruger Phalaborwa airport compared, thus you save. A wide range of vehicles at the best prices. Qualified consultants and an easy secure online booking platform for your Kruger Phalaborwa Airport car rental needs. Sedans, SUVs, 4x4 vehicles an

Car Hire Kruger Phalaborwa Airport | Car Rental Kruger Park Airport (Phaa)
Kruger Park Car Rental | Kruger Park Mpumalanga Airport Car Hire (Kmia)

Simple, efficient, affordable car hire. Choose Drive South Africa for a wide range of vehicles, best prices and qualified consultants for Kruger Mpumalanga Airport car rental

Kruger Park Car Rental | Kruger Park Mpumalanga Airport Car Hire (Kmia)
Kruger Park Self-Drive

Kruger Park self-drive tours tailor made at affordable prices to give you flexibility and freedom as you discover the Kruger at your own pace.

Kruger Park Self-Drive
Johannesburg Car Hire

Car hire Johannesburg, South Africa comparison to bring you the cheapest rental cars in Johannesburg. Unlimited mileage car hire options. Sedans, SUVs, 4x4 vehicles & compact cars.

Johannesburg Car Hire
Johannesburg Chauffeur

Professional and reliable Johannesburg chauffeur service providing you with safe and comfortable transport for Johannesburg City and Johannesburg Airport

Johannesburg Chauffeur
Johannesburg Main Street Camper Hire

We actively compare car hire and camper hire prices in Johannesburg, South Africa to bring you the cheapest rental camper at Johannesburg Main Street. Whether you call it an RV, a motorhome or camper, we've got you covered.

Johannesburg Main Street Camper Hire
Johannesburg Main Street Car Rental | Johannesburg Main Street Car Hire

We actively compare car hire and camper hire prices in Johannesburg, South Africa, to bring you the cheapest rental cars at Johannesburg Main Street.

Johannesburg Main Street Car Rental | Johannesburg Main Street Car Hire
Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport 4x4 Hire

Fully equipped 4x4 car hire at Johannesburg Airport for off road adventure. Wide range of 4wd rental vehicles, qualified consultants, secure online booking and affordable prices.

Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport 4x4 Hire
Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport Camper Hire

Hiring a motorhome, camper, caravan or RV. We actively compare car hire and camper hire prices in Johannesburg, South Africa to bring you the cheapest rental campers at Johannesburg International airport.

Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport Camper Hire
Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport Luxury Car Hire

Luxury Car Hire at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport compared on an extensive range of sport, exotic, SUV and executive cars available from Johannesburg Airport at excellent prices.

Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport Luxury Car Hire
Search & Compare
  • Dropoff same as pickup?


Comodo LogoThis web site is secured using a Comodo Digital Certificate.

Drive South Africa accepts all major credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Diners


Rental ConsultantsWould you rather chat to a consultant? Send an email or phone us:+27 87 806 7330


satsa-logo.png The Discover Africa Group is a proud member of SATSA and therefore your rental deposits for future bookings are bonded.

Drive South Africa is a division of the Discover Africa Group.

About SATSA membership.