This compact town is one of the most appealing in the area, with a sunny disposition, sleepy backstreets and gently sloping hills in every direction. While it’s a popular stop with the tour buses, most unload on the main street, leaving plenty of room around town for everyone else. There are numerous guesthouses, restaurants and craft shops for a pleasant stopover. On summer afternoons (October to March), the restaurant terraces are full and there’s a friendly buzz.
Graskop is a useful base for exploring the Blyde River Canyon, and the nearby views over the edge of the Drakensberg Escarpment are magnificent. Adding considerable excitement and adrenaline to the vistas are the Big Swing and Graskop Gorge Lift, which face each other across a forested ravine.