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JJust three-and-a-half hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria, Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route now sports an exciting attraction - the Graskop Gorge Lift Co. Situated just outside the tourist town of Graskop and a short and very scenic drive away from the Kruger National Park the Graskop Gorge lift centre boasts Africa’s first viewing lift – which travels 51m down the face of the Graskop Gorge and into the forest below. And it is there, in the pristine Afromontane forest, that the real show begins. You will delight in the beautiful forest environment which is explored via a 600m circular trail consisting of elevated boardwalks and suspension bridges. Thoughtful interpretation boards provide information on the forest and its inhabitants. In South Africa, Afromontane forests cover only 0.5% of the country’s land area. They occur in pockets along mountain ranges in well-watered areas, including ravines and south-facing slopes. Under the vivid green canopy of trees lies a lush wonderland filled with a spectacular variety of plants, animals, insects and birds. The centre, which is perched on the top of the cliff edge with spectacular views of the Motitsi waterfall, the forest below and long views down into the Lowveld, also has the Lift Café restaurant and bar, a contemporary African art gallery, colourful African fashion clothing shop, curio shop and community craft market. There is ample parking for cars and busses as well as clean, modern toilet facilities. The Graskop Gorge lift centre is on the R533, 1km out of Graskop.