Step into the heart of adventure at the Graskop Gorge Lift Company, strategically positioned along the iconic Panorama Route. Whether you're in search of a captivating final destination or a delightful pit stop on your way to the Kruger National Park and other regional gems, our location serves as the ultimate gateway to a world of excitement.
Embark on a journey of discovery with our diverse range of activities, inviting you to experience the breathtaking Viewing Lift and Forest Exploration, the pulse-pounding Big Swing, the exhilarating Zipline, and the picturesque Suspension Bridge. Each adventure promises a perfect blend of adrenaline and natural beauty, crafting memories that will linger in your heart for a lifetime.
Satisfy your culinary cravings at our two distinctive eateries, The Lift Café and the Swing Café. Take a moment to savour delectable delights in a charming atmosphere, complemented by panoramic views that enhance the overall dining experience.
Our commitment to accessibility shines through, with most areas designed to be wheelchair and pram friendly. At the Graskop Gorge Lift Company, we invite you to immerse yourself in the thrill of the moment and the serenity of nature, creating a unique and unforgettable experience for all. Join us on this extraordinary adventure where every step is a memory waiting to be made.
The Viewing Lift is a first for Africa. Climb aboard and travel 51 metres down the face of the Graskop gorge and into the Afromontane forest below.
There is nothing scary about the lift – it travels sedately up and down, with a one-way trip taking around one minute.
Interestingly, 240 tons of concrete went into the lift foundation and 88 tons of steel in the shaft.
A 600-metre circular elevated walkway, with some stairs and two small suspension bridges, allows visitors to explore the forest. We have created an informative interpretation trail that takes you on a journey through the indigenous forest, to the waterfall's base, across the river and back to the lift.
The delightful interpretation exhibits introduce visitors to the forest and its inhabitants - which include a diverse range of plants, insects and birds. The endangered Samango Monkey has become a regular visitor to our forest.
The Big Swing is a must for adrenaline junkies. Freefall for 70 metres (equivalent to 20 storeys) and reach 140km/h speeds in under three seconds!
Unlike bungee jumping, participants are strapped in an upright position in a full safety harness, allowing them to see the spectacular scenery of the gorge, waterfall and forest. If you cannot keep your eyes open as you plunge towards the bottom of the gorge, fear not because you can choose to purchase a video of your jump.
Visitors to the centre who still want to get their hearts racing but who think the Big Swing is too extreme for them can choose to fly across the gorge on a high-wire Zipline.
The course starts from the top of a 5m tower, with 360° views. Participants ride a 120m-long zipline to the northern side of the gorge before walking a short distance along a scenic platform and zipping back along a second zipline of equal length.
The 52-metre-long Suspension Bridge links the northern and southern sides of the gorge.
The Suspension Bridge sways slightly when other people are on it but offers a relatively sedate experience, allowing visitors to enjoy the magnificent views of mountains, rugged cliff faces, forests and the Motitsi Waterfall.
The Lift Café is perched on the edge of the gorge and offers breathtaking views. When the mist rolls in, the gorge is shrouded in a quiet blanket of white and on clear days, the Lowveld stretches out beyond the tree-filled gorge.
Guests can choose to sit on the deck or, in colder weather, gather inside around a log fire.
An extensive wine list, craft beers on tap and speciality cold and hot drinks complement a menu that caters for all tastes, from delicious curry to wood-fired pizzas.
The Lift Café is a full service sit down restaurant.
The Swing Café is a laid-back chill zone that invites you to Get Delicious, Real Quick! On the menu is flame-grilled chicken and a choice of sides, plus an array of beverages.
Spend a couple of hours enjoying one of the best views in the Lowveld, while watching the Big Swing and Zipline action.
The Swing Café has a choice of seating, from a gorge-edge counter to traditional tables and chairs and inviting couches. Indoor seating is available too.
The Swing Café is a counter service restaurant.
Unleash your child's inner adventurer at Graskop Gorge Lift Company's epic play area! Imagine squeals of delight as they navigate the mini obstacle course, complete with a soft sandpit and climbing structures. Watch their confidence soar as they conquer the challenges, fuelled by endless imagination.
Meanwhile, parents can take a well-deserved breather in the dedicated seating area. Relax under the shade netting on comfortable chairs or loungers, keeping an eye on your little explorers while enjoying a refreshing beverage from the Swing Café.
But relaxation doesn't mean missing out on the thrills! Your vantage point offers a front-row seat to the action. Witness the exhilarating rush of daredevils ziplining across the gorge, their shrieks of joy blending with the cascading Motitsi Waterfall. Feel the adrenaline vicariously as courageous souls take the plunge on the Big Swing, their screams echoing through the air.
Expect to find international brands that embody South African flair at reasonable prices. T-shirts, jackets, shorts, footwear, flasks and awesome accessories allow international visitors and local tourists to take a piece of our beautiful country home with them. Plus, there are loads of local and Graskop Gorge-inspired products.
Discover exquisite hand-crafted pottery and unique mementos at our shop, catering to both domestic and international tourists.
Explore a treasure trove of distinctive pottery and weaving, along with a variety of South African delights such as coffee from Sabie Valley, local beef, game biltong, and sweets sourced from Cape Town.
This extensive craft market allows for leisurely browsing, with a variety of vendors selling hand-made curios and crafts.
The Community Craft Centre specialises in African art, African wire and wood sculptures, woven baskets, pottery, crafts and curios.
Step into The Gallery at Graskop Gorge Lift Co., where Mpumalanga's artistic spirit bursts onto the scene. Vibrant paintings, intricate sculptures, and handcrafted treasures fill the space, each piece a vibrant thread in the region's rich cultural tapestry.
Take home a piece of its magic and make your visit to Graskop Gorge Lift Co. unforgettable.