Gina Bornman | Mar 11, 2019 | 0
Live the view, feel the forest
Graskop Gorge Lift Co is a welcome addition to Mpumalanga’s tourism offering and a great add-on for visitors to the Kruger National Park and surrounds...
The centre boasts Africa’s first viewing lift – which travels 51m down the face of the Graskop Gorge and into the forest below. And it is there, in the pristine Afromontane wonderland, that the real show begins.
Tourists will delight in the beautiful forest environment which is explored via a 600m circular trail consisting of elevated boardwalks and suspension bridges. Thoughtful interpretation boards provide information on the forest and its inhabitants.
In South Africa, Afromontane forests cover only 0.5% of the country’s land area. They occur in pockets along mountain ranges in well-watered areas, including ravines and south-facing slopes. Under the vivid green canopy of trees lies a lush wonderland filled with a spectacular variety of plants, animals, insects and birds.
It is an ideal stop over point, whether it be for the view, the forest, the food or the various adventure activities, guided tours and hikes in the surrounding areas.
The centre, which is perched on the top of the cliff edge with spectacular views of the Motitsi waterfall, the forest below and long views down into the Lowveld, also has a restaurant and bar, contemporary African art gallery, colourful African fashion clothing shop, curio shop and community craft market. There is ample parking for cars and busses as well as clean, modern toilet facilities.
Under four hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Lowveld makes for a wonderful, accessible getaway from city life. The Graskop Gorge lift centre is on the Panorama Route and well positioned to serve as a stop for tourists on their way to KNP. It is on the R533, 1km outside of Graskop, which is a delighted tourist town filled with a variety of accommodation options.
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