A new 51-metre glass elevator is being constructed about a kilometre outside Graskop, at the Graskop Gorge.
The elevator, a first of its kind in Africa, will cost in excess of R40m (€2.8m) and will be the main attraction at the Graskop Gorge adventure centre. Visitors will be transported to the bottom of the Graskop Gorge, into a forest environment. The glass elevator will offer 360-degree views of the gorge, waterfall, trees, birds and sky. An elevated forest walkway will be built at the bottom of the gorge. Two suspension bridges will cross the river and will include interpretation boards.
Karl Lane from Hamilton-Fynch, the company responsible for the environment interpretation boards, says the project will provide the opportunity to explain the origin of the Blyde River Canyon, the biodiversity significance of the forests and the smaller organisms, as well as the importance of the escarpment catchment to water supplies for communities and wildlife downstream, all the way to the Indian Ocean. The centre will also include a restaurant, bar and shops at the top of the gorge, with a children’s play area and lookout points. The centre will open for business in the last quarter of 2017, with the second phase of the project including a 40-bed boutique hotel.
Source: ETNW. Image: Pixabay