Graskop – Graskop Gorge Lift Company
The Graskop Gorge Lift Company is centrally located on the Panorama Route and is an ideal stop vier point, whether it be for the view, the forest, the food or the various adventure activities, guided tours and hikes in the surrounding areas.
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 trough the indigenous forest with interactive exhibits.
Whilst the lift, which travels 51 m 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 forest 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.
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 to 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find the Graskop Gorge Lift Company?
Situated just outside of Graskop on the R533 towards Hazyview. (on the opposite side of the Gorge to the Big Swing)
What do I need to wear or take with?
- Comfortable rubber-soled walking shoes.
- In the rain or if the waterfall is full, we recommend either a rain coat or umbrella.
- Cameras, binoculars etc.
- Cold bottles water can be purchased from the Lift Cafe.
- Please dispose of empty bottles in the bins provided at various points on the trail.
When is it available?
Open daily from 08h30 – 17h00