Graskop is situated in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

Graskop is ideally located in the heart of the tourism region. It is also right in the centre of the Panorama Route and within short distances from towns such as Sabie and Pilgrim’s Rest. It is a small forestry town, perched on the edge of the Drankensberg escarpment and only a few minutes away from a number of scenic wonders including the world famous Kruger National Park.

Besides the magnificent beauty, why talented painters and photographers flock to the area, the small town boasts many outdoor activities including 4 x 4 trails, hiking, horse trails, mountain biking, golf courses and much more. It is also well known for its pancakes, coffee and curio shops. In fact Harries Pancake Shop could be Graskops’ most famous attraction, it is a definite must!

The town offers a wide range of accommodation, including a Hotel, B & B’s, Guest houses, backpackers’ accommodation plus a few camping and caravan sites in the area.

Things to do & see

Climate

Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels. 

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 26˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 20˚C.

Transport

There are daily flights from JohannesburgDurban and Cape Town into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mombela (Nelspruit). Car rental companies are available for easy access to the surrounding areas with Graskop being just over an hour away along the R537. Road trips from Johannesburg to Graskop via the N12 and N4 will take a little over 4 hours.

Festivals

April/May – Forest to Falls: This mountain bike race offers challenging 70 km, 35 km and 15 km routes through forests and past waterfalls.

June – Blue Swallow Festival: Open air craft and food stalls with fun activities and entertainment over two days.

History

The first records relating to the town of Graskop date back to 1843 and the arrival of the Voortrekkers who were searching for a route to the coast. In the 1850's a renowned eastern Transvaal character, Abel Erasmus, known to the Africans as Dubula Duze (he who shoots at close range), had a farm called Graskop ('grassy hill'). From there he exercised rough justice as the native commissioner of the lowveld.

Graskop is also famous for the story of “Jock of the Bushveld”, which dates back between 1885 and 1887. Two chapters of the book are set in this area and Paradise Camp is where Sir Percy Fitzpatrick established his camp.

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