Graskop

The small town of Graskop, situated on the Drakensberg Escarpment above Kowyn’s Pass, was established in 1880. The town was originally a gold-mining settlement but is now a major forestry centre. The mining of asbestos, manganese and phosphates also contribute to the economy of the town. Graskop is the gateway to the Panorama Route, which […]

Hazyview

During the warm balmy days of summer, a shimmering haze often hovers on the horizon -hence the name of the town. The green subtropical vegetation blends in well with the boisterously colourful bougainvilleas that can be seen almost everywhere. Most of Mpumalanga’s game reserves are situated just east of Hazyview. Kruger Gate, the main entrance […]

Ohrigstad

Ohrigstad was founded in 1845 by Andries Hendrik Potgieter and other Cape Dutch Voortrekkers who left the town of Potchefstroom in the old Transvaal Republic when they they heard of a new British Law that extended British authority northwards to latitude 25 degrees south. A fort, water furrows and broad streets were laid out and […]

Pilgrim’s Rest

Pilgrim’s Rest was proclaimed a gold field on 22 September 1873 and by the end of that year there were approximately 1 500 diggers working 4000 claims in and around the village. The Gold Commissioner moved his office to the village, which became the social centre of the diggings and a busy community. The village […]

Sabie

This picturesque village on the Sabie River was established in 1895. The name is a derivative of the Shangaan “uluSaba”, meaning “fearful”. When gold was discovered here, many people flocked to the area, but even before gold was discovered, people realised the potential value of the timber in the area. To this day the economy […]