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I was looking forward to the trip all year long and finally one misty October morning I made it to pilgrims rest. It was a complete dissapointment from the little coffee shop to the facilities. No clear signage to optimise where you need to go and you feel obliged to purchase from the vast amount of African curious lined along the route. Service was lacking greatly. I didn't feel safe to visit the old grave with my mom and daughters as the place appeared to have a number of people hanging around. I left the town after 30 minutes and I don't plan to return. It's a pity as I read up on the town bit I didn't find it worthwhile at all from any of the info I read up on.
It is so sad how so many businesses were forced to closed down. All the areas have long grass and the feeling you used to get when visiting there is gone now. Give it a skip. Not worth the time or money.
My husband and I visited Pilgrims in October and really enjoyed the few hours spent there. The village is clean with beautiful trees lining the streets and the buildings are well looked after. The local golf course and club house is also worth a visit - a quaint spot!
I read Roger James' review and was quite shocked that he felt this way! I have very recently visited Pilgrims Rest once again and feel completely the opposite! Yes, there is a large section selling African Curios, however on the the other hand, the new department who has taken over Pilgrims Rest is investing a lot of money into fixing the town up and you can see it! All the buildings have or are being revamped, there are two new museums that have been added to the town's already extensive collection - one of which is showcasing the very interesting archaeological find that was only discovered in the last two years just outside pilgrims! Brummer Tours is also a new name I ran into this trip around and being an old visitor, this was really great for me and my family as they are offering a whole new range of activities from goldpanning in the original pilgrims creek to ghost tours ( a complete MUST on your list!) ... There was a stage when i felt that the standard was dropping a little, but after my last visit, this notion is banished and I will definitely be going back soon - probably in late September for the annual South African Goldpanning Competition and Festival which I have been told is another MUST in the town :) :)
Don't bother visiting this place. I used to go there every time I was in the area. It used to be a fabulous mining village themed around the old gold mining days. Now it is a tatty, poorly run, non-discript place selling only more of the same African "crafts". Nothing of the old mining theme remains. You could be in any place in the area that sells the same African tourist tat. Don't expect an old mining village. Those days are sadly gone together with any atmosphere it used to have. Pity as it used to be wonderful, not anymore. I won't be taking visitors there again.
lovley place to visit
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