Graskop Gorge Lift
Whilst the lift, which travels 51m down the cliff face of the Graskop Gorge, was a feat of engineering skill to construct, it is the Afromontane forest below that is at the heart of this development.
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 trail has 6 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.
- The trail takes about an hour to complete.
- The interpretation trail has several stairs and steep inclines.
- The first 100 metres or so do not have any steps or steep inclines or declines so are very accessible to all, even people in wheelchairs.
- The climate in the gorge is generally wet and can be slippery in sections. The decks have been fitted with anti-slip treads but caution should always be taken.
- Trees and branches protrude from the decks and guests need to be aware of obstructions on the trail.
What should I wear or take with?
- Comfortable rubber-soled walking shoes.
- In the rain or if the waterfall is full, we recommend either a rain coat or umbrella.
- Cameras, binoculars etc.
- Water. Cold bottled mineral water can be purchased from The Lift Café. Please dispose of empty bottles in the bins provided at various points on the trail.