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The Graskop Gorge Glass Lift

By Focus Online Team on December 18, 2018

The Graskop Gorge glass lift was officially opened in August 2018. It is the latest and most innovative tourism development in Mpumalanga, offering a look into the heart of the region’s forested wonderlands. The lift is surrounded by soaring cliffs cut over millennia by the Motitsi River, where a waterfall plunges 70m into the gorge below. Normally inaccessible to all except the most adventurous, the new lift traverses the natural barrier of the cliffs opening up a new world in the mountain forest below.

Graskop Gorge

The Graskop Gorge Glass Lift

 

The adventure begins as you drop off the plateau in a custom-designed 26 passenger viewing elevator 51 metres down the cliff face. The lift offers an almost 360 degree view of the gorge as you descend. Once you’ve descended into the cool canopy below, an extensive network of elevated walkways, suspension bridges and interactive exhibits leads you along a forest trail. The trail offers a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural and pristine environment of the Afromontane forest.

Some facts about Graskop Gorge Lift

  • Only the front of the lift is glass
  • The total travel distance of the lift is 51m
  • The lift takes one minute to go down
  • 240 tons of concrete were used in the foundation
  • 88 tons of steel were used in the lift shaft
Graskop Gorge Lift

Other facilities at Graskop Gorge

 

In the Graskop Gorge Lift Centre, guests will find the Lift Café restaurant and bar perched on the cliff edge. On sunny days it’s a beautiful spot to sit back and take in the panoramic views. There is also the contemporary Yonaka Art Gallery, a clothing shop, a curio shop and an African community craft market.

Location

 

The Gorge Lift is situated along the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, roughly 4.5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg. The route is famous for its natural beauty and impressive landmarks such as God’s Window, Three Rondavels and Blyde River Canyon. The lift is situated on the R533 road towards Hazyview (on the opposite side of the gorge to the Big Swing). If you are staying with us at Hippo Hollow in Hazyview, Graskop is 35km away – approximately a 30 minute drive.

GPS: 24°56’45.0″S 30°50’30.4″E

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The Graskop Gorge Glass Lift prices:

Conservation fee:
R20 – Adults & Pensioners (17 and older).
R10 – Children 4 – 16 (under 4 are free).

Daily multi-entry ticket (Valid to 30 November 2019):
R190 – Adults (17 and older).
R130 – Children 4 – 16 (under 4 are free).
R130 – Pensioners.

The Gorge Lift is open daily from 08h30 to 17h00. Enquiries can be made by calling +27 (0) 66 305 1572 or filling in an online booking form. If you would like to enquire about accommodation near Graskop Gorge, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly reservations team by filling in our online booking form here.

 

Image credits: 
Graskop Gorge Lift Company
Artographers/JustinBlanche

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