With 900 citizens and surrounded by mountains, forest and bush Graskop is a nice little village. Because it is on the way to the famous panoramic route, there are lots of activities in the village to make it the tourist as comfortable as possible. With an altitude of 1430 meters Graskop is weather wise a very pleasant place to stay. Average temperature in summer is 25 degrees Celsius, in Winter 18 degrees Celsius. There are a lot of curio shops, theres a supermarket, a petrol station, banks with ATM and different places where you can eat pancakes.
Kruger National Park (45 km from Graskop)
From Graskop you drive through the lowveld to the world famous park where people can experience the beautiful African nature. Save from inside the car, people can see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, lions and buffalos. Also dont forget the different kinds of birds, insects and plants. You never know whats around the next corner!
You can explore the park with your own car or you can travel with a trained guide who can teach you a million of interesting things about the nature. In the camps you can choose to sleep in classy self-catering rondawels or just sleep in a tent. Most camps have an excellent restaurant, which serves delicious food. You can go on a guided night drive to explore the park after sunset or have a guided morning walk and wake up amongst the animals. And at night, lying in your bed, you can hear the lions roar outside the camp!
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (5 till 35 km from Graskop)
Just 5 minutes outside Graskop starts the panoramic route, which gives you some stunning views along the escarpment. Have a look at the Pinnacle or see the world from Gods Window. From here you can see the lowveld, which is lying 600 to 800 meters below your feet. If the air is clear you can even see Mozambique! The panoramic route takes you to the Berlin Falls, the Lisbon Falls and to the exceptionally formed Bourkes Luck Potholes. At the end you can see the Three Rondawels, standing in the worlds greenest and third biggest canyon: the Blyde River Canyon.
Pilgrims Rest (15 km from Graskop)
This tiny little village with its rich history brings you back to the end of the 18th century. To the times that fortune seekers and daredevils from all over the world came to this area to look for the gold that was hidden inside the hills. The museum gives you a lot of information about the village and the gold digging. You can even test your luck in one of the many rivers that still carry along some of this desirously stuff! There are several cozy restaurants and plenty of souvenir shops.
Mac Mac falls and pools (15 km from Graskop)
The Mac Mac area is named after the many Scottish immigrants who came to search for gold. The search for gold spread to this waterfall and particularly to the pool below its 56 m drop. In an attempt to divert the flow with explosives the single stream was split into twin falls. During hot days people can take a refreshing dive into the crystal-clear water of the Mac Mac Pools or take a shower under the Maria Shires Falls. The Mac Mac area is ideal for mountain biking and hiking.
Extreme adventures in Sabie (30 km from Graskop)
Sabie is the place to be if you want to do some extreme adventures. The rough landscape with its many mountains, gorges and waterfalls is ideal for abseiling, rafting, climbing and quad bikes. If you dont like the rush of adrenaline, this cosy village is still worth a visit. The many souvenirs shops and nice restaurants offer you a splendid day. Besides this you can also visit one of the waterfalls who are close to town; Sabie Falls, Lone Creek Falls, Horse Shoe Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.
Shoppen in Nelspruit (85 km from Graskop)
This city is the capital of Mpumalanga and the transit area to Mozambique and Swaziland. It is a modern city where the African culture meets the western. There is a cinema, a casino and there are some big shopping malls. Besides this, Nelspruit offers you a beautiful Botanical Garden, the River Croc Reptile Park or the Sudwala Caves. The colourful African Market is definitely worth a visit. Experience life in real Africa and enjoy the hectic!
Hoedspruit and area (60 km from Graskop)
The village Hoedspruit is situated next to the border of the Kruger National Park. The village houses several rehabilitation centers for the wild animals. You can visit the white lions, the rhinos, learn about the reptiles or take a look at the cheetah project. The route to Hoedspruit takes you along side the Blyde River Nature Reserve. There are some amazing views up there, for example Mariepskop. If it gets to hot during the day, you can always go underground. Cool down and visit the Echo Caves with its many stalagmites and stalactites.
Shangana Village (35 km from Graskop)
The inhabitants of this cultural village still live according to their traditions. The inhabitants are the descendants of Chief Soshangana. Experience the dignity and pride with which the inhabitants honor their rich traditions. There are guides who will happily lead you through the village. Visit the Marula Market where you can buy hand made crafts. Or go to the musical night show where the inhabitants tell you the story about the Shangaan people and where you can taste their traditional food.
Swaziland (190 km from Graskop)
The Swazi people are friendly and very proud of their country. And right they are! The Swazi had to fight for a long time to keep their land out of the hands of the British, the Boers and the Zulus. A visit to Swaziland is a welcome change during your stay in South Africa. Although Swaziland is still very traditional the country has developed in a skilled way. The hand made crafts are the best in the area. And you will definitely meet the big 5 in one of the Nature Parks. Besides all this Swaziland offers you many more! Hiking through the mountains, a climb to the top of Piggs Peak or a visit to Mbabane and Manzini are just one of these things.