GPS: S 24 54.184 E 030 45.079 pop. 1,800 | elevation 1,285m/4,216 ft
Pilgrims Rest is an old mining town dating back to the late 1800s when prospectors came from across the world to try their luck panning for gold. Not much has changed in the town in the past 100 years, which makes it a great area to walk around and get a feel for early South African gold mining communities.
There are four museums in town all on Main Street within a couple blocks from each other. Tickets must be purchased at the Pilgrims Rest Information Center.
Across the street from the Central Garage Museum is the Printing Museum which displays the history of the printing of the Pilgrim & Sabie News and the press of Pilgrim's Rest gold fields from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
Pilgrim's Rest Caravan Park is a sprawling caravan/camping park with dorm facilities for large groups. The camping area has braai pits, tables, a volleyball court and when we visited, a large bull roaming around the facility. They also sell firewood.
Royal Hotel is the largest establishment in town with a main hotel building, two annex buildings with rooms across the street (the Victorian Cottage and The Bank House), a bar, and the Royal Hotel Restaurant.
District Six is six original mine workers' houses from the 1920s. These self-catering units are just off the main road perched on the hillside with a view below. There is no reception on location so be sure to make your reservation in advance.