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A village proclaimed in its entirety as a national monument and a living museum, Pilgrim’s Rest in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa gives the visitor an insight into the gold rush era of the 1870s. The place is filled with stories of characters and legends borne of that time, and several historic buildings have retained their original design. The standout feature is the number of corrugated iron buildings, the largest of which is the town hall.
The origins of the name are unclear, however, a popular story goes that a prospector who had found gold shouted ‘The pilgrim is at rest!’ and the name Pilgrims Rest stuck.
Pilgrims Rest lies on the Panorama Route, a breathtakingly beautiful ramble that begins in Nelspruit to the south and ends in Hoedspruit, near to the Kruger National Park.
A visit to Pilgrims Rest is a must; the town is truly unique and a welcome change from the average small town.
Top 8 reasons to visit Pilgrims Rest
1. Walk through the town to experience the ‘wild west’ atmosphere. Stop in at the historic Royal Hotel, visit the cemetery to see the Robber’s Grave facing at right angles to all others, check out the museums and dress up for a vintage photo of yourself as a keepsake.
2. Almost every visitor to Pilgrims Rest will have stopped off at Harrie’s Pancakes to sample one of their excellent combinations of toppings on a freshly made pancake. The restaurant offers a variety of sweet and savoury toppings.
3. Enjoy the supernatural? Take an evening ghost tour through the old Alanglade House and nearby cemetery. It’s here that the Barry family lost their 3 sons at a young age and the mother is said to haunt the place.
4. Pilgrims Rest has a well-wooded 9-hole golf course set amongst forests and mountains. Hole 4 at... Show more