Take a step back in time and appreciate South Africa's rich history at these significant sports
The Royal Hotel Pilgrim's Rest
The little mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a reminder of the early gold rush in the late 1800s. The Victorian-style Royal Hotel on
Main Street sits on the Lowveld's scenic Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, about 45 kilometres from the Blyde River Canyon. Built in 1894, this unassuming hotel sleeps 109 guests in six suites and 44 double en suite bedrooms in the main hotel and adjacent cottages. Our bedroom was truly a step back in time, furnished with an antique brass bed, floral decor and a ball and claw bath. The hotel offers an informal themed restaurant known as Diggers Den, where we enjoyed Germaninspired chicken schnitzel and local beer. If you’re feeling more colonial, you can take your tea in an armchair in front of a fireplace in the charming lounge area, or visit the historical Church Bar for a selection of beer and the chance to chat to friendly locals. Once a school chapel in Cape Town, the bar was dismantled and then transported by ox wagon to Pilgrim's Rest – a journey that took six weeks. A must-do is a visit to the House Museum and a tour through the old gold-digging site.