After a short week and the year drawing to a close, it was decided that a weekend in Graskop was a well deserved break.

Weekend in Graskop

Graskop is an old mining town, turned tourist town and is situated in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. My father’s birthday was coming up and as a gift we decided to spend the weekend in Graskop.

Leaving Pretoria

We left Pretoria early the Saturday morning, determined to have a relaxing weekend. The first part of the journey feels tedious and never ending, but once we cross over into Mpumalanga it quickly changes.

We approached Waterval Boven which would be our first photo stop and we stretch our legs. I take a few photos until my parents forced me to get back into the car.

Water Boven in Mpumalanga
Approaching Water Boven during Graskop weekend
Waterval Boven photo stop
A photo stop at Waterval Boven during Graskop Weekend


After our stop at Waterval Boven, we were back on the road and headed for Graskop.

The road wasn’t too busy, with only the occasional stop for road works and continued on to our destination, enjoying the fresh air green scenery.

On We Go To Graskop!
A Short Road Works Stop

Checking Out Some Waterfalls

We had another stop to see the Mac Mac Falls. Despite the fence that blocked most of the view, it was definitely a beautiful view of the Mac Mac Falls.

View of the Mac Mac Falls
Mac Mac Falls View


After Mac Mac Falls we decided to push through to Graskop. We would be able to book in somewhere, drop our bags and see more of this beautiful area.

Arriving in Graskop

As we arrived in Graskop we wandered around in search of a place to stay. The plan was to select a place at random, keeping cost in mind naturally, and to spend the first night there. We finally found a place just outside of Graskop; Mogodi Lodge. Our unit had a wonderful view over the gorge and was conveniently close to the Graskop Big Swing.

We quickly unpacked our bags and my sister and I quickly made our way to the Big Swing. The view was amazing and the thrill of the big swing was tempting. We asked about the prices and left it at that for now.

Exploring The Area Around Graskop

The is so much to do in this region of South Africa! We popped in to visit the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Lisbon falls and Berlin falls.



Bourke's Luck Potholes
View of Bourke’s Luck Potholes


We had driven quite far and with the daylight starting to fade, we decided to head back. Along the way we stopped at God’s Window and experienced a spectacular view.

God's Window Vies
Spectacular View of God’s Window


I was able to steal one last photo as we headed back to Graskop. I am honestly very happy with this one.

Photo of Someplace in Graskop Area
Last Photo of Our First Day in Graskop Area


This region has so much natural beauty and there really is a lot to do.

Things to Remember

  • This region is not famous for it’s public transport, so consider renting a car or try a tour bus specifically orientated towards exploring this region.
  • There is many waterfalls in this region, all you need to do is search for them.
  • Stay safe. The roads aren’t too bad but we stumbled upon a few roads that weren’t in great condition, so keep this in mind when driving on your own.
  • With so many things to do, you may have to spend a few days in this region to see it all, so carefully plan your trip.

Are there any places you recommend when visiting this region in South Africa?

Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and see you again soon.

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