Situated just outside Graskop on the R533 towards Hazyview (on the opposite side of the gorge to the Big Swing)
The Graskop Gorge Lift Company is centrally located on the Panorama Route and is an ideal stopover point, whether it be for the view, the forest, the food or the various adventure activities, guided tours and hikes in the surrounding area. There also fabulous curio and clothing shops, an art gallery and the community craft centre.
The Lift Café
The Lift Café is a spacious inviting restaurant and bar with the most spectacular view in South Africa!
On warm sunny days, sit back and relax on the balcony and take in the incredible scenic views, spectacular terrain and lush natural surroundings.
On warm sunny days, sit back and relax on the balcony and take in the incredible scenic views, spectacular terrain and lush natural surroundings... from the waterfall, big swing and zip line on the left to past the lift and across the gorge and to the magnificent valley in the distance on the right. Enjoy ice cold draught beer on tap and be tempted by Graskop's finest burger, fresh local rainbow trout, or perhaps a Gorge Ploughmans or trout platter. Maybe one of the pizzas may be more to your liking – Adventurer, River, Yellowwood, Forest, Canyon, Canopy, African Fire and Waterfall Pizza... you'll have to go and see for yourself what each one's toppings are!
On cooler, wet days, watch the clouds and mist gently rolling in and out of the gorge past the lift, while gathered around the crackling fire, sipping on red wine or a perfectly brewed cup of coffee and indulging in any of the other appetising temptations off the Sweet Spot section of the menu!
The Gorge Lift
Fast facts about the Gorge Lift:
While the lift itself was a feat of engineering mastery to construct, getting to the Afromontane forest below is at the heart and the very reason for its existence.
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.
The interpretation trail
The trail has six 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 to discover...
The shops and community craft centre
Rates for daily multi-entry tickets:
Adults (17 and older) R175
Children (4-16) R120 (kids under 4 are free)
Open daily from 8.30am to 5pm
The Lowveld offers wonderful experiences, from exhilarating wildlife to secluded mountain retreats, wild water sports and some of South Africa’s most diverse and vibrant African cultures.