Ride in a new glass lift in Graskop

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There’s a new tourist at­trac­tion on the Panorama Route: a glass lift in Graskop, which opened in De­cem­ber last year. It de­scends 51 m into Graskop Gorge at the base of Panorama Falls – a place pre­vi­ously only ac­ces­si­ble if you were brave enough to do the Big Swing from the op­po­site cliff. From the in­side of the lift, you have plenty of time to ap­pre­ci­ate the gor­geous view of the Lowveld – on a clear day you can see all the way to the Kruger Park. Un­for­tu­nately the lift doesn’t have a glass floor – it would have made the ex­pe­ri­ence even bet­ter! Down in the gorge there’s a walk­way and two sus­pen­sion bridges that take you past river pools and through an indige­nous for­est. In­for­ma­tion boards along the way tell you more about the veg­e­ta­tion and birdlife. At the top there’s a visi­tor’s cen­tre and the Lift Restau­rant. Grab a chicken prego and chips (R70), a pizza (from R65) or an­other light meal. Buy a sou­venir at one of the cu­rio stalls or walk along the decks to find the best spot for a selfie. The lift is the end re­sult of a R40 mil­lion pro­ject led by Oupa Pi­lane, pres­i­dent of the Kruger Lowveld Cham­ber of Busi­ness and Tourism, along with Camp­bell Scott, de­vel­oper of the Sky­way aerial ca­ble trail near Hazyview, and James Sheard, owner of the Long Tom Tobog­gan. Where? Out­side Graskop on the R533 to Hazyview. Cost: R175 per per­son. Open­ing times: Daily from 8 am to 4.30 pm. Con­tact: 066 305 1572/3; tick­ets@gglc.co.za; graskop­gorgelift­com­pany.co.za – Annemarie van der Walt

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