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PPilgrim's Rest is situated on the magnificent Panorama Route of the Mpumalanga province. The entire village is a tourist attraction and was declared a National Monument in 1986. Today, Pilgrim’s Restis a living monument to the feverish gold rush days of the late 1800s. 

You're in the village where that famous dog Jock of the Bushveld roamed with his master, where thieves and diggers and good-time gals gathered in scores of pubs, where a gold nugget was thrown onto the bar counter to buy a round of drinks and where the surrounding hills still ring with gold rush clamour every year when the gold panning championships come around. (These championships are still held each year in September.) 

Visit the Alanglade House Museum, which was once the mine manager’s home. It's an elegant Edwardian house built in 1915 and furnished with period pieces. 

Pilrgrim’s Rest is home to a wide variety of shops selling antiques and collectables, as well as arts, crafts and curios. You can also take a walk between uptown and downtown to see a number of historic buildings and sites. 

The attractions of Pilgrim’s Rest are not limited to gold. You can explore the surrounding area in a 4x4; or try a variety of outdoor activities including fly-fishing, golfing, horse-riding, overnight hiking and hot-air ballooning. 

Feeling brave? Head out to Graskop and experience the adrenaline rush of one of the world's highest cable gorge swings with a 68m freefall. Or fly across the 80m high gorge on the high wire slide. Both are located at Panorama Gorge in Graskop, about 15km from the village. 

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Travel  tips  & planning  info 

 

Who to contact 

 

Pilgrim's Rest Tourism Information Centre 
Tel: +27 (0)13 768 1060 

 

How to get here 

 

Pilgrim's Rest is on the R533, 15km northwest of Graskop in the northeast region of the Mpumalanga province. 

 

Best time to visit 

 

Any time of year. Summer, however, can become uncomfortably hot at times. 

 

Things to do 

 

From Pilgrim’s Rest, it’s an easy drive to visit the major attractions of the Panorama Route, including God’s Window with its amazing views across the Lowveld, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, amongst many others. 

The Friends of the Pilgrim's Rest Museum offer a 5-hour interactive tour through the village which you can book through the tourism office, as well as ghost tours. 

 

What to pack 

 

Be sure to check the weather as temperatures can vary. 

No matter what the season, always remember to bring plenty of sunblock and a hat. Good walking shoes or hiking boots are a must for those who enjoy exploring on foot. 

 

 

Where to stay 

 

There's accommodation for all pockets in and out of town, including budget backpackers, luxury guesthouses, lodges and the famous Royal Hotel. 

 

What to eat 

 

No visit to the village is complete without a meal or a drink at the Royal Hotel, which has seen its fair share of wild tales and tall stories over the years. 

 

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