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The Royal Hotel Pilgrims Rest

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The Hotel boasts a Restaurant, Lounge, Bar and 50 En-suite bedrooms.The ROYAL HOTEL in Pilgrim’s Rest is perhaps one of South Africa’s best-known hotels. This national monument is famous for its atmosphere and world-class service and facilities. The Hotel boasts a Restaurant, Lounge, Bar and 50 En-suite bedrooms.

The Royal Hotel was impeccably restored, to reflect true late Victorian style. Composed of ten authentic buildings dating back to the latter part of the nineteenth century, the hotel now offers 50 charming en-suite bedrooms. Declared a goldfield in 1873, Pilgrims Rest became a cosmopolitan centre of activity in South Africa. Today it stands as a legacy to these pioneers. The entire town was proclaimed a National Monument in 1986.

Trapped in a time warp, the lounge reflects an epoch of time honoured hospitality and elegance so typical of the late Victorian era. Upon entering the Royal Hotel, visitors are immediately taken on a nostalgia filled trip into the past. The reception walls are lined with interesting photographs and artifacts providing vivid glimpses of the towns history. This theme is carried forward into the lounge as well as the very famous public bar.Once a school chapel in Cape Town, the very popular and famous “Church Bar” was shipped to the former Lorenco Marques (Maputo, Mozambique) from where it was transported overland to the village by ox-wagon. The bar’s walls are covered with old photographs depicting the social and sporting life of historical Pilgrims Rest. (Fly fisherman will gaze in awe at some of these portraits) Everything about this bar compels visitors to spend more than a happy hour.

Rounding off the Royal Hotel experience is our informal restaurant where hearty old-fashioned meals are served in a historical atmosphere in keeping with the rest of the Hotel. Enjoying a meal outside while taking in the scenery is an experience worthwhile. The Royal Hotel is ideally situated for visitors to this wildlife capital of South Africa. Our central location enables guests to make easy day trips to all the major attractions on offer. The world famous Kruger National Park, no more than a three quarter hour drive away.

Other attractions include the wide range of beautiful waterfalls and other natural wonders located around Pilgrims Rest, Sabie and Graskop towns mere minutes away. Also easily reached is the wildlife area of Hoedspruit, where guests can visit the Kapama cheetah breeding project as well as the Moholoholo Raptor rehabilitation centre. Fly-fishermen will find plenty of sport in the Lowveld area around us, and golfers will have no shortage of excellent courses to choose from. Pilgrims Rest is a crime and malaria FREE area.

Guests arriving by air will land in Nelspruit, from where our staff will shuttle them by prior arrangement. Pilgrims Rest is located in the heart of the Mpumalanga Bridal Route and The Royal Hotel is the crown jewel of this route. Organising your wedding should be fun and exciting! With our wedding co-ordinators’ assistance, we promise you will have the time of your life as you progress from engagement to honeymoon.

Directions to The Royal Hotel Pilgrims Rest

From Johannesburg/Pretoria take the N12/N4 East to Witbank. Continue on the N4 past Middelburg and Machadodorp. Just past Machadodorp, do not continue on the N4 to Nelspruit via Waterval Boven. Take the R539 to Nelspruit via the Schoemanskloof valley. Turn left onto the R36 to Lydenburg. Continue on the R36 through Lydenburg. You will turn right onto the R533 about 35kms from Lydenburg.

This will take you into Pilgrims Rest. At the first street turn right, and then first left. Continue straight until you see The Royal Hotel on your right hand side.

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Features and Facilities at The Royal Hotel Pilgrims Rest


  • Conference Venue 25-75 People
  • Notebook Projector Available
  • Overhead Projector Available
  • Slide Projector Available
  • Television Available
  • Whiteboard Available


  • A la carte Menu Offered
  • Breakfast Served
  • Dinner Served
  • Lunch Served
  • Restaurant on the Premises

ECO Tourism

  • Game Drives
  • 4 x 4 Trails


  • Babysitting Service
  • Off Street Parking
  • Bar on the Premises
  • Fax
  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Fireplace on the Premises
  • Pets Permitted by Arrangement
  • Garden
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Parking Available
  • Laundry Service

Facilities in Rooms/Units

  • Heater in Rooms
  • Fan in Rooms
  • Tea and Coffee in Rooms
  • No Smoking in Rooms

For Whom

  • Honeymoon
  • Gay / Lesbian
  • Family
  • Disabled
  • Solo Travellers


  • Fishing
  • Great Outdoors
  • Bicycle Touring
  • Fishing - Fly
  • Hiking / Backpacking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing - Freshwater
  • Horse Riding
  • Climbing - Traditional
  • Forest
  • Mountain
  • Countryside
  • Game Reserve
  • Environment

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