Prospector's Hiking Trail
Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumalanga
The quaint old gold mining town of Pilgrim's Rest is the starting point for the 5-day Prospector's Hiking Trail. If you don't have the time to do the whole trail there are several shorter options. The history of gold mining operations in the Pilgrim's Rest area goes back more than 160 years to the 1840's. The gold rush began in 1873 when the Lydenburg magistrate advised the Transvaal Volksraad that gold had been discovered in the streams. Hundreds of diggers from as far a field as Australia, America, England and France flocked to the gold-fields to make their fortune. The trail passes many relics from these early days of mining as one climbs away from the start of the trail.
Excelsior Hut to Morgenzon Hut 15,7Km
This is a fairly long and strenuous day and an early start is advisable. The day starts with a climb up to another viewpoint before passing through a Pine plantation and then undulates through grassland and Pines before eventually descending into the beautiful Clivia Bush in which a number of beautiful Clivia are to be found. The trail then descends into a valley to a small stream and a historical wagon track. The path then passes the Jock of the Bushveld plaque and the Robbers Pass plaque. The trail follows a stream before reaching Klipspringer Randjies with lovely views before following a stream to Morgenson Hut.
Morgenzon Hut to Pilgrim's Rest 8,3Km
The final part of the trial is fairly easy and short, allowing for a further opportunity to visit the beautiful little town of Pilgrim's Rest. The trail follows a path along a plantation edge and grassland before joining the Columbia Race, a furrow that supplied water to Columbia Mine. The trail then descends to the Blyde River and the opportunity for a short swim before the final short walk into Pilgrim's Rest.
The Prospector's trail is a unique trail that brings together the historical interests and natural environment of the area, beautifully. The full trail is, however, not easy and should be attempted only by fit hikers. The shorter options should be considered as an alternative by those that are less fit.
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