Re-live the gold rush era by visiting Pilgrims Rest, Mpumalanga, in South Africa. Quaint and charming, this beautiful little town transports visitors back to the days when gold was discovered in the then called, Transvaal.
As one explore the uptown and downtown areas of the town it is not hard to let ones imagination wonder and ponder what exciting times the gold rush must have caused in 1873. Remnants of the bygone era are seen throughout the town which has been declared a National Monument. Mining seized in 1971 but active gold mining in the hills surrounding Pilgrims Rest opened again in 1999. Many of the original buildings are still standing and in use, such as the Royal Hotel, Old Print House, and Dredzenís General Store. Stroll along the streets and explore the many stalls selling African art or enjoy traditional South African cuisine at the superb local restaurants in the village. Splendid lodgings are located all over town and nearby areas. Discover Pilgrims Restís history by visiting the array of museums which offer informative displays and tours of the lifestyle and methods used in the days of the gold rush era.
Visitors have an abundance of attractions and activities to explore and a village tour is the perfect way to unearth Pilgrims Rest's history. The Historic Cemetery illustrates the common causes of death of that time, and the 19th centenary grave of the tent robber who was buried in an upright position can be viewed. Traditional and graceful architecture can be seen at St. Maryís and Sacred Heart Churches. View the escarpment of Pilgrims Rest on horseback or take a walk along the splendid scenic hiking trails at Mount Sheba and Blyderivier Canyon Nature Reserves. For the golf lover there is a challenging 9-hole golf course located in the area with a historic clubhouse masterfully built from materials brought from afar by ox wagon.
The true welcoming ambiance coupled with historic buildings and sights make for Pilgrims Rest to be a tranquil haven of exciting exploration and discovery.