Panorama Route – Graskop, Mpumalanga
The Graskop Gorge Lift Company is centrally located on the Panorama Route. While it is an ideal stopover point, it is also an end destination in its own right, with lots to do on-site and in the area. Most areas are wheelchair and pram friendly.
The Lift Café, Swing Café, Crafts and Curios
Choose from two restaurants: the Lift Café restaurant and bar or the Swing Café and remember to visit the Community Craft Centre and on-site shops.
The viewing lift takes visitors 51m down the face of the gorge into the indigenous forest below, where wooden walkways & suspension bridges make up a 600m trail. Interactive exhibits and interpretation boards enable visitors to explore the diverse life that thrives under the dense canopy of trees. Enjoy the waterfall and meandering stream. The lift is wheelchair friendly.
Whilst the lift, which travels 51m down the cliff face of the Graskop Gorge, was a feat of engineering skill to construct, it is the Afromontane forest below that is at the heart of this development.
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.
The Big Swing is one of the world’s highest cable gorge swings and launches off the top of a waterfall.
The experience is very different to a bungee-jump because participants freefall for 70m before the jump rope pulls them into a high-speed arch and they swing from one side of the gorge to the other. When falling, they reach 140km/h in three seconds
If participants need to hold someone’s hand when they jump, they can choose the tandem option, when available.
For an additional cost, you can capture your jump on camera. Cost includes USB flash drive.
Visitors to the centre who still want to get their hearts racing but who think the Big Swing is too extreme for them, can choose to fly across the gorge on a high-wire Double Zipline. The course starts from the top of a 5m tower, with 360° views. Participants ride a 120m-long zipline to the northern side of the gorge before walking a short distance along a scenic platform and zipping back along a second zipline of equal length.
Our spectacular 52m-long Suspension Bridge spans the northern and southern sides of the gorge. Enjoy spectacular views while standing 70m above the ground.
The Suspension Bridge sways slightly when other people are on it but offers a relatively sedate experience, allowing visitors to enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains, rugged cliff faces, forests and the Motitsi waterfall.
Although the bridge can in fact hold 200 people, only 20 people are allowed on at a time to maximise visitors’ enjoyment.
The Lift Café
The Lift Café is a spacious, inviting restaurant and bar with the most spectacular views.
The Swing Café
The Swing Café is a laid-back chill zone that invites you to Get Delicious, Real Quick! On the menu is flame-grilled chicken and a choice of sides, plus an array of beverages. Spend a couple of hours enjoying one of the best views in the Lowveld, while watching the Big Swing and Double Zipline action. Last orders at around 6pm.
The Swing Café has a choice of seating, from a gorge-edge counter to traditional tables and chairs and inviting couches. Indoor seating is available too.
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