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Pilgrim's Rest

© SA Tourism© SA TourismTime didn’t exactly forget this little gem, it just ignored it for a while and then realised it was worth preserving. Gold was discovered in Pilgrims Rest in 1877, and it wasn’t long before a ramshackle town sprung up around the find. The last working mine closed down in 1972, after which the whole town was bought by the then Transvaal provincial authorities, who developed it as a museum town. With its many museums, original buildings, and atmospheric lodgings, restaurants and bars, it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture the rough and ready place this once was.

Pilgrims Rest is a mere 10km from Graskop, less than an hour’s drive from Nelspruit and the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, and about five hours from Johannesburg.

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