General

Valley View Backpackers is located on the western side of Graskop village overlooking the green Valley and rolling hills. It is only a 15-minute walk from the centre of town. This is a clean, friendly and well-located budget venue for international and local travellers. The backpackers is set in a peaceful garden overlooking the Sheba Mountain Reserve. This is an ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries after a day full of discovery and adventure.

Valley View Backpackers Venue

Valley View offers a variety of accommodation with complimentary tea and coffee provided. All guests make use of the communal, fully equipped kitchen, and a comfortable communal lounge. The lounge is equipped with TV and DVD player available for guest’s use. Relax on the wooden deck and share your experiences and establish new friendship with fellow backpackers. Secure parking next to the main building is provided, and you will be given a key to come and go as you please.

Mountain bikes may be rented for half or full day outrides at Valley View Backpackers, enabling you to explore the local surroundings of Graskop. Maps, permits and information about the various biking routes and hiking trails are available from the reception. The establishment will assist guests to book tours to the Kruger Park and numerous adventure activities in the Mpumalanga Province.

Places to see

Kruger National Park (45km from Graskop)

From Graskop, drive through the Lowveld to the world-famous animal park where visitors can experience the wonders of African nature. If you are very lucky you might even catch a glimpse of a leopard or cheetah! Not forgetting the many kinds of birds, insects and plants to identify too in the Kruger National Park.

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (5 – 55km from Graskop)

Just 5 minutes outside Graskop begins the Panorama Route, which gives you stunning views along the escarpment. Have a look at the Pinnacle, a 30-metre quartzite column, then continue on up to catch a view of the world from God’s Window. From here you can marvel at the Lowveld, which lies 600m to 800m below your feet.The route takes you past the Lisbon Falls, the Berlin Falls and on to the exceptionally-formed Bourke’s Luck Potholes. At the end you will not be disappointed with the most incredible and unique landscape. The Lowveld viewpoint and the Three Rondavels, standing above the world’s greenest and third largest canyon: Blyde River Canyon.

Pilgrims Rest (15km from Graskop)

This quaint village with its rich history brings you back to the end of the 18th century. To the times when fortune seekers and daredevils from all over the world came to search and dig for gold. The museums give you a lot of information about the village and its past. There are several restaurants and plenty of souvenir shops in Pilgrims Rest

Mac Mac Falls and Pools (15km from Graskop)

The 56m high Mac Mac area is named after the many Scottish immigrants who came to search for gold. In an attempt to divert the flow with explosives, the single stream was split into twin falls. During hot days you can take a refreshing dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Mac Mac Pools. Sunbathe and have a braai in the picnic area for a small entrance fee. This area is ideal for mountain biking and hiking.

Sabie (30km from Graskop)

The Sabie village has many souvenir shops, nice restaurants, market stalls and a second-hand book shop for the complete day out. Besides all this, you can visit the four waterfalls that are close to town. Sabie Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Horseshoe Falls and last but not least the spectacular Lone Creek Falls.

Nelspruit (85km from Graskop)

This city is the capital of Mpumalanga and the transit area between Johannesburg/Pretoria, Mozambique and Swaziland. There is a cinema, a casino and at least three big shopping malls. Apart from this, Nelspruit offers you the beautiful Botanical Gardens, the River Croc Reptile Park, and the Sudwala Caves. Included is the world-famous Jane Goodall’s Institute ‘Chimpanzee Eden’.

Hazyview (35km from Graskop)

Hazyview is the main door way to the Kruger National Park. With the entrance gates Paul Kruger and Phabeni just down the road and on to the biggest rest camp, Skukuza. There are two elephant havens ‘Elephant Sanctuary’ and ‘Elephant Whispers’ where you can feed, touch, ride and interact with elephants.

Hoedspruit (114km from Graskop)

The village of Hoedspruit is situated next to the Kruger National Park, the nearest entrance being the Orpen Gate. There are two animal rehabilitation centres for wild animals; Moholoholo, and Endandered Species Centre, otherwise known as the Cheetah Project. Here you see and learn about many species of animal which have been rescued from the wild for a variety of reasons.

Swaziland (190km from Graskop)

Although Swaziland is still very traditional, the country has developed in a skilled way. The local hand-made crafts are some of the best in the area. There are many Nature Parks and numerous hiking trails through the mountains and valleys. A visit to the Milwane Animal Sanctuary is well worth a visit!

Mozambique (280km from Graskop)

This former Portuguese colony has a fast-growing economy and tourism is rising. Alongside the coast are beautiful spots to dive or swim, where you can meet with dolphins, manta rays and turtles. You can also relax under the coco palms on one of the deserted beaches. The capital, Maputo, offers you elegant colonial buildings and a wonderful variety of tasty cuisine.

Cancellation / Prepayment

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL PAYMENTS ARE ONLY REFUNDABLE AT THE RESORT MANAGER’S DISCRETION

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION S.A. CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • No show or cancellation within 14 days of stay – No refund due.
  • Cancellation between 15 and 30 days before stay – 25% of the deposit will be refunded.
  • Cancellation between 60 and 30 days before stay – 50% of the deposit will be refunded
  • Cancellation more than 60 days before stay – full refund.

**NB**If you do not arrive on the date mentioned on your confirmation letter, your booking will automatically be cancelled, and your deposit forfeited.

Facilities

  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry

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Graskop

GraskopGraskop is a small town in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. It is 14 km south-east of Pilgrim’s Rest and 28 km north of Sabie. Graskop was laid out between 1880 and 1890 on a farm belonging to Abel Erasmus, Native Commissioner of the Transvaal Republic. Originally it was a mining camp. Graskop now serves as a tourist destination and the timber industry. The name is Afrikaans for grassy hillock. “God’s Window”,

Sports & nature

Sports & nature

Mountain Biking and road cycling is very popular and safe in the area.

 

GRASKOP GORGE LIFT

A 51-meter glass elevator has being constructed down the road from God’s Window. Situated one kilometer out of Graskop, at the Graskop Gorge, on the R533 towards Hazyview, the development will offer yet another amazing tourism experience on the Lowveld’s legendary Panorama Route. It is also the first development of its kind in Africa and the centre was opened for business in March 2018, only 4 minutes (1,3 km) drive on the R532 to the closest attraction point, The Big Swing & Highwire, Graskop.

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