Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumalanga
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The Joubert Bridge was built in 1896 at the western entrance to the town.
Pilgrim'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 Rest is a living monument to the feverish gold rush days of the late 1800s.
You're in the village where 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.
You can explore the Gold Commissioner's hut, prison tent, transport wagon, sluice box, waterwheel, steam engine and stamp battery. And then you can pan for gold – and you even get to keep the gold 'bits' you find. You then visit Alanglade Museum, which was once a mine manager’s elegant Edwardian house.
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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Who to contact
Pilgrim's Rest Tourism Information Centre
Tel: +27 (0) 13 768 1060.