Top things to do in Pilgrim’s Rest

South African in Pilgrim’s Rest

Vine Restaurant

This nicely restored general dealer's shop, decorated with local animal art, serves traditional dishes such as bobotie and ostrich-neck potjie stew. Burgers, prego rolls, chicken schnitzels, salads and toasted sandw…
Crêpes in Pilgrim’s Rest

Pancakes at The Stables

Occupying a stable dating from 1895, this cute little place has a corrugated-tin roof and wooden tables and benches outside. They serve a dozen excellent pancakes, with classic South African fillings such as mild sp…
Museum in Pilgrim’s Rest

Diggings Museum

Just southeast of town along the Graskop road is the open-air Diggings Museum, where you can see how gold was panned. You need to visit on a tour, which you can arrange through the information centre.
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.
Museum in Pilgrim’s Rest


A former mine-manager’s residence at the northern edge of town, beautifully decked out in 1920s style with original artefacts. Tours need to be booked 30 minutes in advance.
Museum in Pilgrim’s Rest

Central Garage Transport Museum

Great for classic-car enthusiasts, this museum illustrates the development of transport in Pilgrim's Rest from 19th-century ox wagons to Ford, Bedford and Morris cars and trucks in the early 20th century.
Museum in Pilgrim’s Rest

Pilgrim's & Sabie News Museum

This museum explores the history of printing in the town and has a collection of old presses. A section covers the impact of the Anglo-Boer War, WWI and WWII on local families.
Museum in Pilgrim’s Rest

Dredzen Store

The Dredzen Store is a general store recreated as it would have been in 1930s, complete with vintage advertisements and chairs hanging from the ceiling.
Museum in Pilgrim’s Rest

Victorian House Museum

This restored Victorian home is full of B&W photos, old dolls and furniture, including a wooden carved commode in the main bedroom.
Museum in Pilgrim’s Rest

Thelwall's Museum

This former fruit shop dating to 1946 has interpretive panels on the local gold rush and conflicts.