Explore the Area

Mac-Mac is a historical area in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa and the site of the country’s earliest gold rush. It is located near the town of Sabie, 5 km from Pilgrim’s Rest.

Gold  was  discovered  in  1872  by  Thomas  Mclachlan  and  partners.    This  triggered  the  first  gold rush  in  South  Africa  and  diggers  from  all  over  started  to  flock  to  what  later  became ‘Mac-Mac’.  Alex  “wheelbarrow”  Patterson discovered rich gold deposits in the Pilgrim’s Creek in September 1873.  The nearby Mac Mac twin falls, originally a single stream, acquired their current appearance when gold miners blasted the stream to reach the gold-bearing reef over which it drops.

The quaint old gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest is the starting point of the epic journey. The history of gold mining operations in the Pilgrim’s Rest area goes back more than 160 years.  The trail passes many relics from these early days of mining as one climbs away from the start.

The Fanie Botha Trail is situated in the Sabie area and located on the Drakensberg escarpment. On this trail, runners can admire the Lone Creek and Mac Mac Falls – both national monuments – or just get carried away by the scenic grandeur of the Drakensberg.  Some of the main attractions on this section are Mount Moodie, Mac Mac Pools, Mac Mac Falls and more than 5 other waterfalls.

The Prospector’s trail is a unique trail that beautifully combines the historical interests and natural environment of the area.