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City Pilgrim's Rest

It all began in 1873 when gold was found near Sabie and a camp was set up called MacMac. Alec Patterson, one of the Mac Mac diggers was then drawn further and found gold in the Pilgrims Creek. He kept the news to himself for some time until someone went looking for gold and also found it. It was not long before there were more competitors on the horizon.

After the area was appointed officially a "gold field" on 22 September 1873, it was not long after that, which more than 1 500 miners were at work. There seemed to be no end to get to the gold making more and more houses, which replaced the tents. In 1881 a London financier came who won the mining rights. Then the Transvaal Gold Exploration Company was founded and later Transvaal Gold Mining Estates. The proceeds of the mines became less and were closed after the 50's and after almost 100 years the mine was closed in 1972.

Pilgrim's Rest is now a National Monument. The buildings here are still in original condition and restored where necessary. Of the many buildings there are only a few open to tourists. In the information centre you can buy a ticket for R10 which allows you to enter four museums. These are: The Garage (car museum) Dredzen Shop and House Museum (shop house), Victorian House Museum (Victorian house) and the Pilgrims and Sabie News Museum (old typing and printing equipment). You can get an impression of how people lived here. Of course, the mine owner lived far enough from the dusty mine in a large stately house.

Atop a hill is Hill Cemetery, the burial place of Pilgrim's Rest. Here you will find Robber's Grave. The story in this tomb is that an unknown man is here who was caught stealing the excavations from the tents. He was given a trial and was subsequently banned. But the thief was still around because he was seen above on the hill. There he was shot and buried. There are many graves of which it is not known who lies there. The miners came from all countries of the world to try their luck here. Besides the many mining accidents there are also many people who died from diseases such as pneumonia, dysentery (especially children) and malaria, drowning and snakebites.

There are plenty of restaurants and cafés where you can eat or drink. At the beginning of the road there are stalls where locals sell souvenirs, nuts, and all kinds of stuff.

Pilgrim's Rest is located 35 km north of Sabie on the R533.

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