Pilgrims Rest wine Event 2020

Sat Nov 21, 10:00 - Sat Nov 21, 12:00
Echo Office


Pilgrim's Rest is situated on the magnificent Panorama Route in the Kruger Lowveld region of Mpumalanga Province. The Museums are dusted, All beds are turned down, the shops are open and stocked and the PUBS and RESTAURANTS are ready to serve you. The department of Public Works found their paint brushes and we are hyped up to showcase our latest addition to the Echo Historic Wine Routes.

During the Gold Rush Wine Route you can taste wines from 20 different wineries and more than 60 different wines while roaming the streets of Pilgrims Rest

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Ticket Types: 

1. Wheelbarrow Patterson Dinner with Chef JB (Friday 20 November 2020)

3 course dinner served with Golden history, paired with wines from 3 wineries.

Online Tickets: R450 per person

Only 20 Spaces Available

2. Tasting Ticket (10:00 - 22:00) (Saturday 21 November 2020)

Receive a wine glass, wristband and taste Wines, Beer, Gin and more from 19+ Wineries

Online Tickets: R120 per person (all ticket holders receive same access)

Tickets at the Event: R150 per person 

3. Vintage Tasting Ticket (10:00 - 16:00) (Saturday 21 November 2020)

Receive a wine glass, wristband and taste wines from 19+ Wineries

"HOP on HOP off" between different venues. A whatsapp group will be created on the day for more information with time and locations. 

Online Tickets: R180 per person

Tickets at the Event: R200 per person 

4. Ghost Hunting Tour (Saturday 21 November 2020)

Online Tickets ONLY: R280 per person

Ticket includes Ghost tour through Pilgrim's Rest with snacks and wines served during the day.

Only 20 Spaces Available

5.Gold Rush Bubbly Breakfast (Sunday 22 November 2020)

Breakfast served with MCC or Sparkling wine.

Online Tickets: R100 per person

visit www.pilgrims-rest.co.za for more information regarding the history as well as for accommodation and other activities in the area. 

Winding roads and mountain passes lead to the historic and unspoiled gold mining village of Pilgrims Rest. Here the atmosphere of the town has been successfully preserved, where gold was discovered over a century ago.

1. Pilgrims Hut Guesthouse - 083 307 3737
Gorgeous self-catering cottage just outside the village - Sleeps 6

2. District six cottage - 072 207 0623
Old style 4 or 6 sleeper Zinc cottages, self-catering. 

3. Drosdy House - 072 207 0623
Previously a mine Managers' house, self-catering - sleeps 8

4. Mona House - 082 878 1397 
Cottage next to the Old Print house, self-catering - sleeps 8

5. Berettas Guest House - 072 520 7174
Bed and Breakfast - Guest house

6. The Royal Hotel offers a unique experience for a tired traveller. Being the only village in South Africa with National Monument status. The hotel offering charming Victorian accommodation, that can sleep up to 110 people. WIFI facilities, two fully functional Bars and Room service at request is available.
  • Contact:
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Tel: 013 768 1100
  • Cell phone: 076 950 4530
  • Fax: 013 768 1188

7. Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge is a Four-Star self-catering Resort situated at the top of Robber's Pass, on the historic old road to Pilgrim's Rest; beautiful gardens combine with exquisite natural scenery to create a haven incorporating spectacular cliffs and gorges, forests and sweeping views. Birdlife is plentiful and wild animals such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, antelope and leopard inhabit the Nature Reserve.
  • Contact:
  • Reservations:
  • Tel: 073 930 2529
  • Office Hours:
  • Mondays and Fridays 7h30 – 16h00
  • Tuesday – Thursday 7h30 – 17h00
  • Saturdays and Sundays 8h30 – 13h00
  • 8. Mount Sheba, A Forever Lodge is situated in the Rain Forest near the famous town of Pilgrim's Rest in Mpumalanga. Superb Cuisine and Luxury Rooms with crackling wood Fireplaces, give a magical feel to this one-of-a-kind Forest Lodge. Tranquil Hiking Trails through the Rain Forest, rare Samango Monkeys and joyful bird calls will transport you to utter Relaxation.

Property Reservations:
013-768 1241
Central Reservations:
012 423 5600
EMail: [email protected]

Panorama Route - Graskop, Mpumalanga

The Graskop Gorge Lift Company is centrally located on the Panorama Route and is an ideal stop over point, whether it be for the view, the forest, the food or the various adventure activities, guided tours and hikes in the surrounding areas.


Robber's Pass connects the little town of Pilgrim's Rest to Ohrigstad, a long tarred road rich in history with a particularly scenic landscape that boasts wild horses and the odd monument.

Pilgrim's Rest itself has a rich history. Not only it is the birthplace of South Africa's gold rush but there are more than a couple of stories about robbers to add to the allure of the pass.

First is the Robber's Grave, perched above the town, where a thief – banished and convicted for stealing a tent - was shot as he returned to Pilgrim's Rest. But he isn't the robber for whom the pass is named, despite the grave's fame.

That's a different story, involving at least two highway robberies. The first when a stage coach was robbed of £10 000 worth of gold (no-one was convicted or even caught); the second happened in the same spot, 13 years later. For this robbery Tommy Dennison was jailed, only to return to Pilgrim's Rest post sentence to start the Highwayman's Garage.

The pass begins on the northern edge of Pilgrim's Rest and leads in a north-westerly direction into the foothills of the mountains. The initial 5 km follows a series of hairpin bends, best driven slowly, particularly as large trucks tend to use the pass. You will be lucky if you manage more than 40 km an hour.

You pass your first monument about 6.5 km up the pass – a cairn with a plaque that explains how the pass got its name.

As you reach the Morgenzon plantation, keep a watchful eye for wild horses, said to be the descendents of horses bred near Dullstroom for the stagecoaches from Pilgrim's Rest. But you will be lucky to spot them.

The Prospector's Trail, anything from two to five days' of hiking, starts up here. Fairly close by is the second monument – a plaque to commemorate the opening of the tarred pass in 1938, by the local MP who later spent time in prison for fraud. The third is a plaque for Jock of the Bushveld, but you may find it difficult to locate.

The highest point of the pass is at about 13 km, after which you descend in slow curves onto the grassy plains of the Ohrigstad River. The last 5 km are easy, along the bank of the river; Thabatswenya peak on your right.

Gods Window is so called for the panoramic view of the Lowveld more than 900 m down into lush indigenous forest clad ravine. The majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the private game reserves which have made the area one of South Africa's main wildlife destinations. God's Window is a small part of a 250km long earthwork of sheer cliffs and extravagant beauty. One can observe the hills and forests as far as the eye can see. In fact, it seems as if one can see forever!

Viewing sites are provided along the length of the spectacular Blyde River Canyon including God's Window, and there are numerous fantastic walks, hiking, horse and mountain bike trails. From the parking area a very steep stepped footpath along the edge of the escarpment leads to the actual view points.

Alanglade House Museum: This large and graceful double story building contrasts sharply with most of the other corrugated iron buildings in town and is testimony to the high status that mine managers of the period enjoyed. Today Alanglade is a period house museum and furnished with items from the early 1900's.

Guided tours of can be booked at the Information Centre - Monday to Sunday at 11h00 or 14h00.

Telephone - +27 (0)13 759-5432

Additional information

Refund policy No refunds


Pilgrims Rest wine Event 2020
Echo Office
R533, South Africa
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