Pilgrims Rest - Tourist Mecca in Dense Forest
Traveling north through the Drakensberg Mountain Range, the road winds through dense forests to the tourist mecca of Pilgrim's Rest, a town which is a living museum. Founded in 1873 it has a romantic link with the gold mining and prospecting pioneers of the last century.
Pilgrim's Rest has changed little and the entire village has been proclaimed a national monument and gold mining museum. Quaint shops, crafts and displays are a tourist delight and well worth a visit.
Close to Pilgrim's Rest is the beautiful Mount Sheba Nature Reserve of the Mpumalanga Province with its rich bird life, situated in a paradise of indigenous forest.
The entire region abounds with clear beautiful streams, cascading waterfalls and crystal pools, ideal for trout fishing and a joy to hikers on trail in the area.
North of Pilgrim's Rest is the scenic Blyde Riverspoort Nature Reserve with spectacular and stunning scenery and a 56 kilometer hiking trail along the edge of the escarpment.