19 November 2011 by Kate Turkington

Become a gold-digger!

If you’re en route to or from Kruger National Park, or any of Mpumalanga’s scenic wonders such as the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window or Bourke’s Luck Potholes, then stop and try your luck at Pilgrim’s Rest.

The village of Pilgrim’s Rest - a living museum and national monument - recalls the heady, hectic days of the 1870s gold rush.

In 1873, one Scottish prospector struck gold, and thousands of hopefuls from all over the world made their way to this tiny village in the heart of Mpumalanga. Surrounded by mountains, cocooned in a green valley, Pilgrim’s Rest is a must on any visitor’s list.

Chance your luck and pan for gold with a grizzled old digger at the ‘diggings’. Apparently there’s still some left even after an estimated £2 million British pounds’ worth in alluvial gold had been removed from the goldfields by the early 1880s.

Afterwards have a drink at the legendary Royal Hotel bar, where many a miner celebrated his good fortune or drowned his sorrows. You can do the same.

In October, 2012, the World Gold Panning Championships will be held here where hopefuls from 21 countries will take part.

Category: Adventure

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