This small and well-preserved settler village had its own gold rush in 1882, at around the same time as propspectors were pouring into Barberton and Pilgrim’s Rest. Weekend homes and accommodation establishments superceded mining activity long ago, and this little village is now a popular getaway. Located 800m higher than the Lowveld, Kaapschehoop has a cooler climate and some spectacular views
The Kaap is a river that runs over the escarpment and through to Barberton. The Pride of De Kaap bush, part of of the Camelfoot family, is endemic here and not, as is commonly thought, to South Africa's Cape provinces.