Graskop

Graskop

Things to do - general

Gods Window Graskop Mpumalanga South AfricaGraskop 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”, a scenic view from the escarpment of the Lowveld below, is located outside the town. It is the best place to view the “Edge of the Lowveld”, with a sudden drop of 700 metres.

Graskop Climate

The mist belt which stretches along the escarpment is caused by warm moisture laden air rising up from the Lowveld and cooling at these high elevations. This results in misty cloudy conditions and a relative high rainfall. Some areas receive up to 4,000mm of rain per year.  As one moves further west (away from the escarpment edge) the rainfall and mist diminishes. Atop the plateau the summers are temperate. The winters are pleasant with mild frost in places and occasional snow on the higher mountains around Graskop

Graskop History

The town of Graskop is perched on a spur of the Mauchsberg at an altitude of 1,493 meters. The town dates way back to 1837, when Andries Potgieter passed through with the Great Trek of the Voortrekkers in search of greener pastures in the north.  In his memoirs he mentions leaving the woman folk in the area known as Graskop (“grassy peak“). He then went down the escarpment in search of an ox wagon route to Delagoa Bay (now Maputo in Mozambique). In the 1850’s the Graskop area was a farm owned by Abel Erasmus He was an adventurous character in hunting, prospecting and imposing law and order in the area.  He was known among the local tribes as Dabula Duzi (“He who shoots at close range.“).

Jock of the Bushveld

Limpopo_Three-Rondavals_Graskop_Mpumalanga_South_AfricaGraskop is also famous for Jock of the Bushveld which dates back to between 1885 and 1887.  Paradise Camp is where Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of Jock of the Bushveld, established his camp.  Two chapters in his book, namely “Paradise Camp and the Leopard” and “The Baboons” are set in this area. A railway link from Nelspruit through the farm Sabie and onto the farm Graskop was begun in early 1910. Established mainly to transport supplies to the booming gold-mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest.  The railway line was completed and ready for the opening ceremony on 18th June 1914.  Graskop was declared a town later the same year

Natural Sites

The natural wonders around Graskop are probably the most seen, most photographed, most painted and most cherished scenes in Southern Africa.  There is a good reason for this …….. Not only are these natural scenes breath-taking, the sites are all within easy reach along a good network of tarred roads.

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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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Autumn Breeze Manor Guest House - Graskop

Autumn Breeze Manor Guest House - Graskop

Graskop
Autumn Breeze Manor is  known for its spacious and comfortable vintage-styled accommodation. Togethe More info
Blue Swallow Chalets

Blue Swallow Chalets

Graskop
Blue Swallow Chalets is located in Graskop, Mpumalanga close to the famous Blyde River Canyon. The n More info
Blyde Chalets

Blyde Chalets

Graskop
Blyde Chalets are in central Graskop and offer one an ideal location from which to explore the tranq More info
Blyde Lodge

Blyde Lodge

Graskop
Blyde Lodge is centrally located in the beautiful town of Graskop. The owners have transformed this More info
Daans Place

Daans Place

Graskop
Daans Place is located in the village of Graskop, 1.6 km away from God’s Window, Daan’s More info
Dar Amane Luxury Guest House

Dar Amane Luxury Guest House

Graskop
Dar Amane Luxury Guest House is located in Graskop set in a beautiful quiet residential street close More info
Elephants Nest

Elephants Nest

Graskop
Elephants Nest is situated on the picturesque Mpumalanga escarpment in the safe and quiet village of More info
Frankas Lodge

Frankas Lodge

Graskop
Situated in the Village of Graskop and on the Panorama route you will find Frankas Lodge self-cateri More info
Graskop Hotel

Graskop Hotel

Graskop
Graskop Hotel has been lovingly renovated and redecorated from the original “70’s style” hotel. It h More info
Havana Nights

Havana Nights

Graskop
Havana Nights proudly welcomes you to their establishment.  Situated in Graskop, a small town found More info
Kloofsig Holiday Cottages

Kloofsig Holiday Cottages

Graskop
Kloofsig Holiday Cottages are located on the outskirts of Graskop, just off the main road. Situated More info
Le Gallerie

Le Gallerie

Graskop
Le Gallerie is an up-market B&B with 3 luxurious rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The rooms a More info
Log Cabins Village - Graskop (Central)

Log Cabins Village - Graskop (Central)

Graskop
Log Cabins Village situated in the center of the village of Graskop, and on the road to the Panorama More info
Manna House

Manna House

Graskop
Manna House is a family run venture providing clean, affordable accommodation for nature loving tour More info
Mogodi Lodge

Mogodi Lodge

Graskop
Mogodi Lodge is 1km out of Graskop Village at the top of Kowyn’s Pass towards Hazyview and Bushbuckr More info
Panorama Rest Camp

Panorama Rest Camp

Graskop
Panorama Rest Camp is situated on the R533. The establishment is 2km out of Graskop Village en-route More info
Post Office Inn

Post Office Inn

Graskop
In the heart of Graskop, you will find the “Post Office Inn,” a perfect and comfortable house in the More info
Settlers Village

Settlers Village

Graskop
Settlers Village lies in the heart of Graskop village on the Panorama Route, close to Sabie and Pilg More info
Sheri's Lodge and Backpackers

Sheri's Lodge and Backpackers

Graskop
The small Village of Graskop is home to Sheri’s Lodge & Backpackers. The 10 en-suite African Sty More info
Thaba Tsweni Lodge

Thaba Tsweni Lodge

Graskop
Thaba Tsweni Lodge is owner-managed by the Hough family since 2000 and proudly offers luxury and ver More info
Valley View Backpackers

Valley View Backpackers

Graskop
Valley View Backpackers is located on the western side of Graskop village overlooking the green Vall More info
West Lodge

West Lodge

Graskop
West lodge is a Victorian style dwelling architecturally designed as a Bed and Breakfast establishme More info

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