Pan For Gold In Pilgrim’s Rest

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Pan For Gold In Pilgrim’s Rest

The charming little mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest is a tourist attraction as it is both a World Heritage Site and a national monument.

Pilgrim’s Rest in Mpumalanga is a delightfully quaint spot where you can amble around and enjoy a scone and tea, especially when the mist envelops the surrounds. Whether you want to do a little sightseeing, admire the beautiful landscape or just brush up on your local history, there is always something to do in this small mining town. Developed during the gold rush in the late 1800s, Pilgrim’s Rest has become a major tourist attraction, with the Groot Trek monument and authentic gold panning, where you can re-enact what it was like when hopefuls panned for gold back in the day. 

Explore The Upper And Lower Parts Of Town

Pilgrim’s Rest is divided into two sections – the upper and lower town. Both parts of town are brimful of history and historic memorials to help you learn a little more about the town. This offers a great opportunity for visitors to admire the old architecture that will take you back in time.

Visit The Historic Royal Hotel

This hotel, made entirely of corrugated iron, is iconic and exudes the hard yet vibrant period of the 1870s gold rush. This was the spot where diggers would celebrate their finds or drown their sorrows at the hotel’s Church Bar. It is tradition that every visitor to this little town has a beer at this bar, so be sure to pop by when you pass through.

Stop By The Central Garage Museum

Love cars? Then you will enjoy a visit at the Central Garage Museum, where you can view a number of vintage vehicles and transport methods that were used during the gold rush. It’s not a big collection, but you will see a variety of vehicles, from great quality antique cars and trucks, to horse-drawn wagons and carriages. 

Find The Robber’s Grave

Visit the town’s historic graveyard and find ‘The Robber’s Grave’. This grave is the resting place of a thief amongst the diggers in the mining camp during the gold rush. You will notice how the grave lies north/south, rather than east/west like all the rest.

Check Out The Printing Museum

With the news of the expanding goldfields in the area, this was the start of the town’s first local newspaper, Gold News. The Printing Museum in Uptown Pilgrim’s Rest displays some of the equipment that was used to handprint newspapers during the early 1900s.

Pay Your Respects At The War Memorial And Oak Tree

The War Memorial is a commemoration of the men from Pilgrim’s Rest and surrounds who fought and died during both World Wars. The oak tree next to the memorial was planted in 1965, which grew from an acorn taken from the Delville Wood battlefield of WW1.

Travel Back In Time At The House Museum

This museum is a well-preserved Victorian-era home, where you can tour the living room, dining room, bedroom and kitchen. Each room contains furniture and décor from the late 1800s to early 1900s.

See The Sights Around The Town

Not only are there things to see in the town, but also around it! Journey up to Robber’s Pass and take in some breath-taking views, while looking out for the seldom-seen herd of wild horses. See stunning natural landscapes and sites, including God’s Window and Wonder View, The Pinnacle, Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls, the Three Rondawels, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

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