Graskop is a small town in the Mpumalanga province that never fails to astound with its natural beauty. It forms the gateway to the Panorama Route, known for its renowned attractions like the Blyde River Canyon (the largest green canyon in the world), Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, Three Rondavels, and an abundance of cascading waterfalls. With a vibrant combination of leisure and adventure activities, Graskop offers the perfect escape from the city.
Graskop, Afrikaans for “grassy peakâ€, is a one-stop adventure destination. The Big Swing offers a chance to experience an 86m freefall in under 3 seconds on one of the world’s highest cable gorge swings, or fly across the gorge on a zipline only 130m above the ground. If this isn’t for you, you can still catch all of the action from The Edge Bar, an aptly named multi-tiered deck on the other side of the gorge.
If you prefer your holidays a little more calming, you’ll love boat cruises along the Blyde River, guided tours of the Echo Caves, or a factory tour of the Africa Silks Farm. Shangana Cultural Village is another experience not to be missed.
Nature lovers will be in their element in Graskop. With countless walks and hikes, spanning from a few hours to gruelling day hikes. Don’t miss a chance to follow the footpath to the Natural Bridge. Here, the magnificent Mac Mac River has carved a path under the rocks to form a natural bridge that is quite a spectacle to behold.
Activities in the region include meeting the reptilians at Khamai Reptile Park in Hoedspruit or Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park in Hazyview, panning for gold in Pilgrim’s Rest, white water tubing in Sabie, or spotting the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. Other activities include golfing, hiking, 4x4 trails, horse rides, quad biking, motorbike tours, and more. Whatever you do, don’t miss Harry’s Pancake Shop where you are promised the tastiest pancakes in the country.
With a wide range of leisure, nature, and adventure attractions, Graskop is the perfect holiday destination for couples, families, and friends.