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Our GPS News area includes Sabie, Graskop, Pilgrim’s Rest, Hazyview and White River. According to people in this area, it is the perfect place to spend your Easter break for the next couple of years. The list of what to do is quite a long one, so without further ado, here it is:
Sabie and surrounds:
Restaurants worth visiting…
Petena’s Pancakes – under new management with a wonderful new selection of delectable pancake fillings to choose from.
Wild Fig Tree Restaurant – Experience excellent cuisine, including game, in a convenient location with safe parking, accommodating staff, excellent menu options presented well with quality food delivered in a timely way.
African Elephant – African Elephant has the best viewpoint of our lovely Sabie Valley. Order the Hungry Lion Basket or the Stalking Leopard pizza… you won’t be disappointed. Great menu, great wines.
Sabie Brewing Company – This brewery has handcrafted local beers supplemented by a gourmet chef kitchen. The menu is small but immensely delicious with an attractive presentation reasonably priced and beautiful views over the Sabie river valley.
Cafe La Boulangerie – Friendly service and an extensive, reasonable menu and the cake are really good. They are located opposite St Peters church on the Main road, next door to Big Sky Fishing.
Wimpy and Engen– Always a favourite where you fill up on good food for the family and liquid refreshments for your vehicle.
Sabie Caltex Garage– All-in-one-stop: deli, takeaways, fresh fruit and veg, all while you fill up your car.
Adventure and extreme activities: – Kestell Adventures and Induna Adventures – With the backdrop of the famous Sabie Valley, Kestell Adventures thrives on bringing the best out of the surrounding environment for all to enjoy. We are qualified and have extensive experience. Choose your adventure: White-water Tubing/Geckoing, Canyoning/Kloofing, Waterfall Abseiling, Caving, Forest Cruises, and Team Development.
Sabie is famous for its waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Waterfalls galore: Lone Creek, Mac Mac, Bridal Veil, Horseshoe, Sabie Waterfall, Lisbon, Maria Shires and Forest Falls.
Graskop: Panorama Route Activities:
Graskop Gorge Glass Lift – Travel down 51 meters to the valley floor in the glass lift where suspension bridges and wooden walkways meander through the indigenous forest. Visit the Lift Cafe and bar, as well as the shops and community craft centre.
Skyway trails – Experience the freedom of gliding over one of the last remaining natural forested valleys along the Sabie River on aerial cable trails.
Big Swing –Conquer your fear with a 68 Meter free fall at 180 km per hour under 3 seconds on one of the world’s highest cable gorge swings.
Long tom Toboggan at Misty Mountain- Africa’s longest toboggan run, winding and whooshing along the Long Tom Pass and mountains.
Restaurants in Graskop include the Loco Inn, Canimambo, and Potluck Boskombuis.
Divine Foods at the View – They specialize in “home from home”…laid back, no pressure – a total unwind and wonderful food, a place for your soul to catch up with your body, a place that will become a happy memory…You can see so far into the valley and in the meantime enjoy your food.
For daily necessities, visit Sabie Spar and Tops, as well as Graskop Spar. Pilgrim’s Rest, a living museum, is a must see. Lots of restaurants, shops selling a wide spectrum of must-haves and visit the museums. Book a Ghost Tour or learn how to pan gold at The Diggings. Afterwards, enjoy a meal and drinks at Johnny’s Pub or The Vine Restaurant – both had their 25th birthdays recently.
Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview is really worth the visit. Walk with these gentle giants and experience nature at its best. Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview offers many restaurants, shops and a local chocolatier.
Visit Bourke’s Luck or the Potholes (not the ones in the road), the Kruger National Park, waterfalls or white water rafting, candlelight caving or sundowners next to the river or just enjoy the spectacular views and adventures that our area has to offer. There is something for everybody, young and old, adrenaline junkies and those that enjoy a leisurely stroll along the river, or a local beer while you relax on the deck. For more information on what to do, visit the info centres in each of these towns. The options are endless… You will definitely come back for more.