Gateway to the Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon, Graskop is a small town set up in the 1880s as a gold camp but it now serves as a tourist destination and home to a large timber industry. The name is
Afrikaans for grassy peak.
Renowned for its banana industry the town's name is derived from the shimmering haze that occurs during the heat of summer. Close to Kruger National Park and boasting 3 Golf Courses within a 5km range of the Town center, it is also a perfect place to just relax and feel the good vibes of one of the friendliest towns in South Africa.
A living museum, the entire town has been declared a national Monument , taking the visitors to the day of old Transvaal Gold Rush. Pilgrim's Rest was declared a gold field in 1873, soon after digger Alec "Wheelbarrow" Patterson had found gold deposits in Pilgrim's Creek. The Valley proved to be rich in gold and by the end of the year, there where about 1500 diggers working in the area.
An important centre for farming, and is also home to one of Mpumalanga's best museums detailing the mysterious history of the famed Lydenburg Heads, unique pottery masks made by a vanished people thousands of years ago, and believed to have served a ritual or religious purpose. The Lydenburg heads are one of the earliest known forms of African sculpture in Southern Africa and are dated at between AD500 and AD800.
Experience the picturesque beauty of nature in and around Sabie, a small forestry town nestled in the majestic Drakensberg escarpment mountains on the banks of the Sabie River. The plantations in the area form one of the world's largest man-made forests. This popular tourist destination is renowned for stunning scenery and adventure sport activities.
Perched high on the slopes of the Steenkampsberg Mountain it is one of the coldest villages in South Africa, a premier trout fishing area, home of the highest railway station,and is the only place where elm and beech trees grow in any number. A delight for tourists, Dullstroom hosts a Whiskey Bar with the largest collection of whiskeys in the southern hemisphere and a specialized clock shop with the largest collection of clocks in the southern hemisphere.
Originally a gold mining town once known as the Duiwels Kantoor (the Devil's Office) when gold was discovered in 1882 in a small creek running through the town, Kaapsehoop boasts beautiful landscapes, complete with gushing waterfalls, indigenous forests, rugged hillsides and is home to the only wild horse herd in South Africa.
Nestled in a valley between the Abel Erasmus Pass and Lydenburg, Ohrigstad is the oldest town on the Panorama Route, established by the Voortrekkers in 1845. Relics of Iron Age and Stone Age found in the area indicate that the Pedi and San groups lived here thousands of years ago. Today Ohrigstad is mostly a farming community and a diverse range of crops are produced.
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