Graskop

Set atop the escarpment, the arty little town of Graskop is known for its friendly vibe and village atmosphere. From Mozambican prawns to cottages reminiscent of the gold-rush era and from unique African collectables to pubs where stories are spun late into the night, the pioneering spirit of the region is tangible at every turn. In winter, the village is frequently shrouded in mist, whilst in summer the plateau offers breath-taking views of scenic valleys and dramatic waterfalls plunging hundreds of metres over the escarpment.

Top Attractions

  • Harrie’s has been the home of the Graskop pancake since 1993. Have you never had a chicken liver flavoured pancake? Well, here’s your chance to put that right
  • Berlin Falls – formerly Berlyn – a perfect one-chute fall, but see if you can find the mysterious cave where Portuguese traders are said to have been smoked to death by their perfidious African trading partners
  • Lisbon Falls offers an easily-photographed stepped waterfall. Watch the sunlight play on the spray
  • Natural Arch – just set back from the road and a good curio site, an arch of dolorite straddles the stream
  • The Bonnet is named for its shape, which rather attractively translates into Afrikaans as ‘Die Kappiekoppie’. This lovely peak sits alongside the road to Pilgrim’s Rest
  • Antique and Curio shops: Graskop has some fine collections of sub-Saharan artefacts and curios at unusually bearable prices
  • God’s Window – probably the district’s best known icon. Stupendous, aloe- and fern-decked views off the escarpment and into the Lowveld below
  • Graskop Gorge, home to the Big Swing and the iconic Panorama Guest House with its rock swimming pool, right on the edge of the ledge
  • The Graskop Day Hike is a 13 km hike that takes in the Mac Mac River and Forest Falls. And it is not too strenuous
  • Macadamia nut salesmen – almost as indigenous as the pancake
  • The Protea, South Africa’s national flower, flourishes around God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes
  • Wonder View lies beyond God’s Window and – here’s a top tip – it’s a similar view but without the climb through the rainforest
  • The much-loved Pinnacle is a small inland stack with its base buried in indigenous woodland and its head poking out of the gorge
  • An old steam loco still stands on the side of the track at Graskop station, its relevance shrouded in history
  • Make a turn at the Berlyn Peacock Tavern, a bizarre old Victorian-style house near the Berlin Falls. A spectacular garden and some downright eccentric art
  • Africa Silk Weavers – An opportunity to see the silkworm at work. The shop is in Graskop and the farm is just outside Bushbuckridge

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