The village was once brimming with life in the late 1800s, with eager prospectors swarming into the area to find alluvial gold. The return distance between pretoria to pilgrims rest is 361 km. In a continued effort to ensure the health and safety of all south african citizens and. This old gold mining town in south africas magnificent mpumalanga province.
A comprehensive site for tourist that describe all the things to see and do in pilgrims rest. The house architecture and interior design are harmoniously put together to give the accommodation charm and the guests comfort. Not only it is the birthplace of south africas gold rush but there are more than a couple of stories about robbers. Pilgrims rest home page pilgrims pilgrimsrest pilgrimsrest. Below are the number of accommodations by star rating in pilgrims rest and the surrounding area. This national monument is famous for its atmosphere and worldclass service and facilities. A tribute to the printing industry, including historical front pages of local publications. Mpumalanga means place of the rising sun and is the name given to the new province in eastern transvaal in 1993. Being the only village in south africa with national monument status, we are. We cant gurantee the accuracy andor they being up to date. Tour museums and historic sites to learn about the quest for gold in this part of south africa during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Here the atmosphere of the town has been successfully preserved, where gold was discovered over a century ago. Declared a goldfield in 1873, the town of pilgrims rest became a cosmopolitan centre of activity in south africa. However, you can take the taxi to nelspruit airport, fly to johannesburg, take the walk to or tambo airport, take the train to marlboro, then take the train to johannesburg. Winding roads and mountain passes lead to the historic and unspoiled gold mining village of pilgrims rest. Pilgrims rest accommodation if you are looking for pilgrims rest holiday accommodation, safarinow has a selection of hotel, holiday accommodation in pilgrims rest and surrounds. A mere 16km from graskop lies the historic mining town of pilgrims rest. A pilgrims rest offers you a marvelous possibility to time travel. Mar 25, 2019 she is the vicechair of the south african gold panners association.
This video covers the essentials of the village of pilgrims rest its history and modern day challenges. With 4 listings in pilgrims rest, our handy pilgrims rest map search and great low prices, its easy to book the perfect holiday accommodation for your pilgrims rest. The history of this quaint and delightful village dates back to 1873 when a. Pelgrimsrus is a small museum town in the mpumalanga province of south africa which is protected as a provincial. The first discovery of gold in the transvaal which led to the first gold rush in south africa, took place in 1873 when payable gold was discovered on the farm geelhoutboom near the town of sabie in mpumalanga. Pilgrims rest village tour 2018 mountain passes of. The entire village was declared a national monument as a living memory of the early gold rush days in south africa during the late 1800s early 1900s. Pilgrims rest is a living musuem the entire town has been declared a national monument taking the visitors to the. It is steeped in history and drama as it is a living monument of the gold rush. Pilgrims rest is situated on the magnificent panorama route on the eastern escarpment region of the mpumalanga province of south africa. The news sparked off the biggest gold rush of the time and in january 1874 some 1,500 diggers were working about 4,000 claims in and around pilgrims.
The history of the pilgrims rest gold fields dates back to ancient times when unknown miners worked the quartz reefs for gold. There is no direct connection from pilgrims rest to johannesburg. Featuring a spacious garden, the royal hotel pilgrims rest offers rooms in a victorian style complex of 10 annexes 1. Thaba tsweni lodge is situated 30km from pilgrims rest. Pilgrims rest village tour 2018 mountain passes of south. The fort measures 40 meters north south down the slope. Pilgrims rest photo gallery page pilgrims rest history. The royal hotel pilgrims rest south africa accommodation. Geni photos in photos from south africa history and. Jun 03, 2019 pilgrims rest is located on the tarred r533 route between the towns of graskop and ohrigstad in mpumalanga. The 1902 gold veldpond xf example displayed below also known as the pilgrims rest coin is a remarkable coin struck by the boers on the run from the overwhelming british forces on a makeshift mint set up in the veld long grass in the remote region of pilgrims rest in the north eastern transvaal now known as. The historic village of pilgrims rest is an important part of the history of south africa, as the first ever gold rush in africa occurred here in 1873.
It includes part of the old transvaal and the former homeland kangwane, as well as parts of gazankulu and lebowa. Weekly weather report for pilgrims rest, south africa. Check map from pretoria to pilgrims rest for clear directions. Pilgrims rest graskop 2020 all you need to know before. The group is standing in front of the pilgrims hotel. Revisiting 33 years later i was once again reminded why i fell in love with this special place. In 1994 pilgrims rest came under the administration of the mpumalanga department of public works. When entering the hotel, visitors are immediately taken on a nostalgiafilled trip into the past.
Pilgrims rest to johannesburg 4 ways to travel via train. With 4 listings in pilgrims rest, our handy pilgrims rest map search and great low prices, its easy to book the perfect holiday accommodation for your pilgrims rest visit. In 1873 the town and surrounding area was densely populated with prospectors all hoping to make their fortunes in the second of the transvaal gold fields. She is the vicechair of the south african gold panners association. News of the discovery triggered the first major gold rush in south africa and by the end of that year there were some 1 500 diggers working 4 000 claims in and around pilgrims rest. Top 10 hotels in pilgrims rest, south africa cancel free. Early gold macmac diggings alec wheelbarrow patterson pilgrims rest proclaimed digging deeper zar veldponde last gold pilgrims at rest the first site in the history of south african archaeology where gold objects were excavated, was mapungubwe in limpopo province, dating to 1,000 1,300 ad. Today the whole village of pilgrims rest is a national monument and a living museum in memory of the early gold rush days in south africa. We have pilgrims rest accommodations with prices starting at usd 11.
In the same week the minimum temperature will be 7. The entire village was declared a national monument as a living memory of the early gold rush days in south africa during the late 1800s. Pilgrims rest is situated on the magnificent panorama route of the mpumalanga province. We offer a unique experience for a tired traveller.
She is a local amateur historian who has now published her lifes work in the 3rd edition of pilgrims rest whos who covering a mere 8 years of the towns history, but perhaps the most important years, 1873 to 1888. Scott balsons trip to south africa 7th september 2006. Review of pilgrims rest whos who the heritage portal. Pilgrims rest mpumalanga south africa pilgrims rest is a small town, with a population of only about 1800 people but the history of the town and the traditional feel have made the town a national monument since 1986. May 04, 2018 this video covers the essentials of the village of pilgrims rest its history and modern day challenges. You can also try a different route while coming back by adding multiple destinations. Mining in south africa was once the main driving force behind the history and development of africa s most advanced and richest economy.
Pilgrims rest travel guide with detailed information about pilgrims rest, attractions. Pilgrims rest was declared a gold field in 1873, soon after digger alec wheelbarrow patterson had found gold deposits in pilgrims creek. If you have ever visited pilgrims rest it is one of those places that stays. The history of pilgrims rest in mpumalanga south africa and information on pilgrims rest diggers and the 1873 gold rush. Pilgrims rest is not just preserving the history of south africa it is also a beautiful little town. You can also order an extra breakfast at extra cost. Bloubergstrand, south africa 6 contributions 1 helpful vote pilgrims rest after visiting pilgrims rest for the first time after 8 years i must say i was disappointed.
What companies run services between pilgrims rest, south africa and johannesburg, south africa. For many years pilgrims rest used to be a popular tourist destination in mpumalanga. It should be viewed in conjunction with the videos on robbers pass and bonnet pass. Alec wheelbarrow patterson struck it rich in a small stream, later named pilgrims creek. The entire village is a tourist attraction, and was declared a national. In the 1840s gold was discovered in california, which created gold fever all over the world. Today its a quiet little tourist town, trying to preserve its rich and diverse history.
The pilgrims rest gold rush was situated in one of the most beautiful and healthy settings of any gold rush in history. Largescale and profitable mining started with the discovery of a diamond on the banks of the orange river in 1867 by erasmus jacobs and the subsequent discovery and exploitation of the kimberley pipes a few years later. Journey back to the days of the gold rush with a visit to the old mining town of pilgrims rest. Mining in south africa was once the main driving force behind the history and development of africas most advanced and richest economy. The royal hotel pilgrims rest is situated in this historic and unspoiled gold mining village. Here, visitors can relive the days of the old transvaal gold rush. Pilgrims rest museum things to do in pilgrims rest. These finds led to a search for gold in other countries, including south africa. Pilgrims rest is a village situated on the magnificent panorama route on the eastern escarpment region of the mpumalanga province of south africa. It was the second of the transvaal gold fields, attracting a rush of prospectors in 1873, soon after the macmac diggings started some 5 kilometres 3. Pelgrimsrus is a small town in the mpumalanga province of south africa which is protected as a provincial heritage site. Located in the mpumalanga region of south africa, pilgrims rest is a small town with a very colorful and exciting history. An excellent history of pilgrims rest can be found at this link.
Thanks to a group of citizens of the province who have taken it upon themselves to come up with an initiative aimed at attracting tourists to the town. The old mining town of pilgrims rest in mpumalanga might once again return to its former glory. Looking at the weather in pilgrims rest, south africa over the next 7 days, the maximum temperature will be 23. Pilgrims rest is a living musuem the entire town has been declared a national monument taking the visitors to the day of old transvaal gold rush. Pelgrimsrus is a small museum town in the mpumalanga province of south africa which is protected as a provincial heritage site.
Pilgrims rest pilgrims rest history pilgrims rest information. Robbers pass connects the little town of pilgrims rest to ohrigstad, a long tarred road rich in history with a particularly scenic landscape that boasts wild horses and the odd monument. Choose one of our 166 deals and get discounts of up to 20%. The 1902 veld pond pilgrim s rest coin introduction. Proclaimed as a national monument in 1986, the village has succeeded in preserving the quaint atmosphere of yesteryear. In 1986 the village was declared a national living museum in memory of the early gold rush days of south africa and is a major south african tourist venue. Composed of authentic buildings dating back to the 19th century. Gold and gold mining became the most important industry in south africa, driving the economy from that time until present. If you are looking for pilgrims rest holiday accommodation, safarinow has a selection of hotel, holiday accommodation in pilgrims rest and surrounds. The entire town of pilgrims rest has been declared a national monument. Take a break and relax in pilgrims rest south african tourism. Pilgrims rest weather forecast, mpumalanga, south africa. Along with it, estimate travel time from pretoria to pilgrims rest to calculate the time you will spend travelling.1533 189 868 660 1531 463 498 151 409 978 1311 953 493 1212 1555 5 244 1426 645 1104 968 383 186 1196 584 1110 1311 1418 1043 522 919 833 533 440 143 506 1461 1153 276 205 238 1429 88 1147 760 93 1334 256 1433 1266 347