I have read extensively on TA about driving the Panorama Route en route to or from Sabi Sands but I still have unresolved options I'd appreciate comments on so we can put together the most interesting driving route.
We have decided to drive different parts of the Panorama Route on both the way to, and the way back from Elephant Plains to JNB. Proposed route on the way to EP is N4 - Belfast - Lyndenburg - Sabie - Graskop, viewing some of the sights around Graskop before overnighting at the Graskop Hotel. Next day we intend to drive Graskop - Bushbuckridge - Acorn Hoek - Gowrie Gate - EP, arriving in time for the afternoon game drive.
Question: What is the best road to take from Graskop to EP? Should we take the direct road to Bushbuckridge or would the road via Hazyview to Bushbuckridge be more scenic despite being longer?
After leaving EP we intend to drive to Acorn Hoek - Klaserie - Hoedspruit - Blyde Dam (via R527, R531 and R532) and then south through Graskop and then on to JNB.
Question: Would it be better on the second day (after staying at Graskop) to drive north along R532 to see Blyde River Canyon etc, then through Hoedspruit - Klaserie - EP and then on the way back to JNB after staying at EP, drive Acorn Hoek - Bushbuckridge - Hazyview - White River - Nelspruit?