Exploring the wonders of Graskop Gorge

Posted on 9 July 2021 By Anita Froneman

Graskop Gorge in Mpumalanga is one of the most scenic places in the country, and the perfect stop off along the Panorama Route. Here, a glass-bottomed elevator will take you the 51 metres down into the Afromontane forest in the gorge.

The descent is not bumpy or abseiling-scary, nor is it like a cable-car ride, but rather a smooth elevator experience like you’d find at Sandton City – just with a far better view. Once down in the forest, a beautifully set out 500-metre boardwalk guides you below the trees along the Mitsi River, where ferns flourish, towering yellowwoods guard the trail and cicadas shrill loudly from hidden crevices in the bark. If you haven’t visited in a while, this is the reason to return.

We visited the attraction when it first opened in 2018. Read: A new way to see Graskop Gorge

Those who are more gutsy can enjoy a variety of adrenaline-pumping activities, like the Big Swing that lets you freefall for 70m before the jump rope pulls into a high-speed arch, swinging from side to side at the bottom of the gorge.

Jurg Reynders visited recently and shared some footage of this incredible area to the traveller’s group on Facebook, Ek reis deur my pragtige land… Suid-Afrika. Take a look:



Cost for Big Swing: R480 per person

Contact: Call 066 305 1572/3 or email [email protected]

Visit the website for more information 

Pictures and videos: Jurg Reynders


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