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Information on Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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Pilgrim’s Rest is a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa which has been declared a national monument.

Pilgrim's Rest village is one of the best examples of a living museum, a replica of the early gold mining town. Gold was discovered in Pilgrim's Rest in 1873, and many restored miners' houses serve as shops, accommodation establishments, etc.

Horse riding trails through the Pilgrim's Rest Nature Reserve surrounding the town are conducted daily. Trout fishing is popular on the Blyde River. An exciting annual event to attend is the Pilgrim's Rest Festival in December.




Pilgrim's Rest History

After it was officially declared a gold field in September 1873, it suddenly grew to 1,500 inhabitants searching for alluvial gold. Towards the end of the 19th century claims were bought up and underground mining started by the company known as TGME. Mining was closed down in 1971 and the village sold to the government as a national museum. Transvaal Gold Minings Estates, currently part of the listed Simmers and Jack, started gold mining again in 1998. The town’s original architecture remains largely unchanged since then, due to the fact that the town was declared a National Monument in 1986.

Towns and Suburbs of the Mpumalanga province of South Africa

Badplaas , Belfast , Dullstroom , eMakhazeni , eMalahleni , eNtokozweni , Ermelo , Graskop , Groblersdal , Hazyview , Komatipoort , Lydenburg , Machadodorp , Malelane , Mbombela, Middelburg , Nelspruit , Ohrigstad , Piet Retief , Pilgrim's Rest , Sabie , Sabi Sands , Secunda , Skukuza , Schoemanskloof , Standerton , Stoffberg , White River , Villiers , Witbank


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