The Development

The development is being done by the Graskop Gorge Lift Company, owned by Lowveld businessmen Oupa Pilane, James Sheard and Campbell Scott, in a private, public partnership with the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), and THALEDA, a development agency of Thaba Chweu Local Municipality.

Nelspruit-born Pilane is the current president of the Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism and a well-known figure in the province, while Sheard and Scott developed the Long Tom Toboggan and Skyway Trails, respectively.

Panorama Lift

The panorama lift will be the main attraction at the Graskop Gorge development, and is due to be launched towards the end of 2017.

Your journey begins as you drop off the grassy cliff top plateau, in a custom designed 26 passenger viewing lift, down along the cliff face descending into the cool mountain forest below. An extensive network of elevated walkways,

Domestic and international visitors, as well as Mpumalanga residents, can expect a memorable outing, with enough to keep all family members entertained for a good few hours.



The countdown to the opening of the Graskop Gorge lift development is underway. While visitors can expect a tourism experience that is unique to Africa, an important element of the venture is the showcasing of the Panorama Route’s magnificent beauty and the importance of ... Read More
November 28, 2017Allison


Pie in the sky. That is what the architects and engineers thought when approached about the possibility of constructing a viewing elevator down the Graskop Gorge cliff face, which has a sheer drop equivalent to around 16 storeys. Nowhere else in Africa can a lift like this be found, so all ... Read More
November 1, 2017Allison


Tourism is one of the largest industries globally and a driver of economic growth. Back in 2012, G20 heads of state recognised tourism as a catalyst for growth and development and according to the Department of Tourism, the sector directly supported more than 700 000 jobs in 2016. Also last year, ... Read More
October 24, 2017Allison


Although the teams contracted to bring the Graskop Gorge tourism node development to life are being tested by the tough terrain, work is progressing well. Earthbound Timber Designs has been charged with building the walkways and doing the decking both on the plateau where the retail offering and restaurant will be ... Read More
July 26, 2017Allison


The big pour in mid-June was a concrete milestone reached by the developers of the Graskop Gorge glass elevator tourism centre. Constructing the 51m viewing lift on Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route is an engineering first for South Africa and work is progressing well. It is estimated that the tourism node will be ... Read More
June 26, 2017Allison
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Whoever came up with the name God’s Window for the legendary Mpumalanga landmark knew a thing or two about beauty. So heavenly is the scenery in this corner of South Africa, that people have for ages been finding innovative ways to share the magic. The latest is the most ground-breaking yet. ... Read More
May 22, 2017Allison


Pictured here are: Ms Xolisile Ntanzi, senior investment associate, National Empowerment Fund; Clr Idos Mokoena, chief whip, Thaba Chweu Local Municipality; Ms Sindiswa Mathebula, chief executive officer, Thaba Chweu Local Economic Development Agency; Clr Selina Mashigo-Sekgobela, executive mayor, Thaba Chweu Local Municipality; ... Read More
May 3, 2017Rian