One of South Africa’s most loved and admired heritage sites, the tiny hamlet of Pilgrim’s Rest lies in the heart of the gold-specked Drakensberg Mountains. The action really kicked off here in the late 1800s when alluvial gold was discovered in the streams that trickle down the hillsides around the settlement, leading to a huge influx of people from around the world. Nowadays, Pilgrim’s Rest is a national monument, brimming with historic buildings and perfectly-restored and -maintained heritage sites. Not to mention its many hospitable bars, cafés and restaurants.
Pilgrim’s Rest was home to an emergency mint during the second Anglo-Boer War. Only 986 veldponde, or "field pounds", were struck, making the veldpond one of the world’s rarest coins.
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