Sports in Pilgrim’s Rest

South African National Gold Panning Championships

Contestants from local school children to semi-professionals pan for nuggets at this atmospheric annual event, which takes place by the Blyde River at the beginning of October.
Food & Drink in Komatipoort

Komatipoort Prawn Festival

This festival in late June celebrates the modest crayfish in all its glory. The weekend of entertainment includes live music, food stalls, a craft market and a beer tent.
Cultural in Dullstroom

Dullstroom Arts Festival

Try catching this platform for showcasing local talent at the end of June or the beginning of July. Expect photography, art, sculpture, music and food.
Cultural in Nelspruit (Mbombela)


Held every June or July, this is Nelspruit’s biggest festival, bringing together artists, musicians and theatre groups for four days of fun.