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Graskop Gorge Lift

Graskop, Panorama Route

The viewing lift takes visitors 51 metres down the face of the gorge into the forest below, where wooden walkways & suspension bridges meander along a 600 metre trail through the indigenous forest with interactive exhibits.

Fast Facts:

  • 240 tons of concrete in the foundation
  • 88 tons of steel in the shaft
  • Lift was manufactured by Otis
  • The distance from the base to the top of the shaft is 60m
  • The total travel distance in the lift is 51m
  • The lift travels at 1m/s and takes one minute to go down.
  • ONLY the front of the lift is glass from waist height upwards

The Forest

Whilst the lift, which travels 51m down the cliff face of the Graskop Gorge, was a feat of engineering skill to construct, it is the Afromontane forest below that is at the heart of this development.

In South Africa, Afromontane forests cover only 0.5% of the country’s land area. They occur in pockets along mountain ranges in well-watered areas, including ravines and south-facing slopes. Under the vivid green canopy of trees lies a lush wonderland filled with a spectacular variety of plants, animals, insects and birds.

Fast Facts

  • The trail has 6 interpretation exhibits and includes information about the forest, its biodiversity, water conservation, birds, insects, and includes giant replicas of indigenous mushrooms, a stained-glass window and much more.
  • The trail takes about an hour to complete.
  • The interpretation trail has several stairs and steep inclines.
  • The first 100 metres or so do not have any steps or steep inclines or declines so are very accessible to all, even people in wheelchairs.
  • The climate in the gorge is generally wet and can be slippery in sections. The decks have been fitted with anti-slip treads but caution should always be taken.
  • Trees and branches protrude from the decks and guests need to be aware of obstructions on the trail.

Contact Details:

+27 (0)66 305 1572/3


Graskop, Mpumalanga
R533 Graskop, Hazyview Road

Opening & Closing Times:

Open daily from 08h30 to 17h00