Graskop, Mpumalanga , South Africa

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A pretty little town, Graskop cashes in on the many tourists passing through en route to or from the Kruger National Park and all the other many attractions of this scenic part of Mpumalanga. It's a convenient stop for lunch, tea or whatever. As well as a number of good little restaurants, there is a plethora of craft shops. It is a drive of about 5 hours from Johannesburg. The nearest airports are at Skukuza and Nelspruit, both just under two hour's drive away. Pilgrims Rest is a mere 10km from Graskop.

Graskop is famous for its scenic waterfall and for Harrie's Pancake Shop, which is known to serve up the best pancakes this side of the Kruger National Park. It is an established tradition to stop off here in Graskop for a favourite sweet or savoury pancake en route to the Blyde River Canyon. Graskop has a vibrant artistic community and curio shopping opportunities abound.

Graskop is close to The Lowveld National Botanical Garden, which is located just outside the town of Nelspruit. Blind travellers can experience the other-worldly Bourke's Luck Potholes on the Lichen Trail. This 180m trail near Graskop has wide pathways and audio tapes for blind walkers.

Take a turn on your Panoramic Route to view the beautiful Graskop Gorge. The town of Graskop got its name from the treeless grassland that dominated the area in the past. Today much of the area is cultivated although there are areas where ancient indigenous forests lie. The Graskop Gorge, into which the Graskop Waterfall flows is a stunning example of this areas beautiful natural landscapes.