ACCOMMODATION IN PILGRIMS REST
When solitary Alec Patterson discovered gold in a stream that was later called Pilgrim’s Creek, he just wanted to be left alone. But others soon found out and the boom gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest was founded in September 1873. While it wasn’t one of the richest fields in the world, it was consistent, and mining only ended in the 1970s. Just as the pretty Victorian village was slipping into ghost status, it was bought by the then Transvaal administration and converted into a museum town. You can stay in the original Royal Hotel or have a drink at the bar, or just explore and trawl the touristy shops.