Visit Pilgrims Rest, Mac Mac Falls and Explore the Sudwala Caves

Visit Pilgrims Rest, Mac Mac Falls and Explore the Sudwala Caves

Mission 46- Visit Pilgrims Rest, Mac Mac Falls and Explore the Sudwala Caves

    Pilgrims Rest


  • Tip1#
  • Arriving in Pilgrims Rest, I would suggest in making your way to the ‘Information Centre’ to gain some information and history to the buildings and town before exploring. Purchase a few postcards to compare how the buildings have dated and see how things have changed in time.


  • Tip2#
  • Across the street ‘The Royal Hotel’ is a proclaimed National Monument and still has guests staying overnight from all over the world. It’s infamous ‘Church Bar’ that was once a chapel shipped from Cape Town is an impressive location to have a cold draught. If you’re not looking at spending the night in their Victorian dated bedrooms then this is still a great place to have some lunch to fulfil your energy levels before exploring further.

    http://www.royal-hotel.co.za


  • Tip3#
  • Although there has been some negative news sparking about the future of Pilgrims Rest, it’s still a wonderful place to visit and explore. The bad news is it does seem a little run down and slightly neglected but I think through everything it still deserves our support to keep up the economic eco-system of this tiny town.


  • Tip4#
  • There are many adventures and activities around Pilgrims Rest including the infamous ‘Big Swing’. Visit the website for the list of what you can further experience.


  • Tip5#
  • For more information on Pilgrims Rest and some more tips check out- http://www.pilgrims-rest.co.za


  • Fact1#
  • Pilgrims Rest is a living museum forming part of South African history and it’s monumentally known as the place where the first gold rush in South Africa began in 1873.


  • Fact2#
  • Percy Fitzpatrick used to travel to Pilgrims Rest to deliver gold field supplies from Delagoa Bay with his trusty dog companion- Jock


    The Mac- Mac Falls


  • Tip1#
  • If you happen to come across an interesting location whilst travelling towards your targeted destination, always explore because you never know it could be an undiscovered treasure not on the map.


  • Tip2#
  • If you ever come across a monument that seems ‘uninteresting’, take photos and research it when you return to a computerized piece of machinery. You will most often find out the most remarkable story about that particular location.


  • Tip3#
  • The Mac- Mac Falls is spectacular and worth the short hike down to the overlooking ledge.


  • Fact1#
  • Mac- Mac Falls is a drop of 70m into the gorge.


  • Fact2#
  • The Mac Mac Falls is a national monument and forms part of the history of the 1870’s gold rush.


    The Sudwala Caves


  • Tip1#
  • When walking through the caves... don’t eat any baked beans before entering as the caves echo and sound travels;)


  • Tip2#
  • Don’t explore caves in flip flops... it could result in muddy buttocks!


  • Tip3#
  • Entrance Fees:

    • Adults

      - R70 per person

    • Pensioners

      - R60 per person

    • Children (Under 16 years)

      - R40 per person

    • Kids (Under 5)

      - Free

    • Crystal Tour

      - R240 per person

  • Tip4#
  • “The Caves are open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The standard tour lasts about an hour. Visitors are invited to check on arrival with the booking office just inside the entrance, to find out when the next tour is set to begin. The maximum wait for a tour is 15 minutes, and sometimes there is no wait at all. Specific times for group bookings can be arranged by phone. Regular Crystal tours on the 1st Saturday of each month. By prior arrangement, for a minimum of 5 people, Crystal tours can be arranged for other days besides the 1st Saturday”- Information from http://www.sudwalacaves.co.za


  • Tip5#
  • The Dinosaur Park and Fish Spa are on the same premises if you would like to do some extra exploring.


  • Tip6#
  • For more information on the Sudwala Caves and some more facts check out- http://www. sudwalacaves.co.za


  • Fact1#
  • The Sudwala Caves’ is said to be the oldest known caves in the world.


  • Fact2#
  • Horseshoe Bats can be found in the Sudwala Caves!


  • Fact3#
  • ‘The Amphitheatre’ which is a big chamber measuring 70m in diameter, is known to have brilliant acoustics and has hosted some famous singers and choirs.


  • Fact4#
  • There is a rumour that the Kruger Millions is buried here and people have tried digging for it with no success in finding it. They did however discover Black Gold which is bat guano or otherwise known as bat poop used as a fertilizer as well as an African delicacy.