Pilgrims Rest – Robbers pass and mail coach robbery

Robbers Pass Lies on the tarred R533, 12km North West of Pilgrim’s Rest in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. It’s a very scenic road with breathtaking views over the Lowveld. It follows the same route that the stage coaches and transport wagons used on the way to Pilgrim’s Rest in the early 20th century. There have been two significant robberies at the pass and it’s most likely the reason it was named Robbers Pass. The first was in 1899 when two men robbed a stage-coach of £10,000 worth of gold. They were never caught. The second robbery at the very same spot happened 13 years later (1912). The robber was arrested and sentenced to jail for five years. He later returned to Pilgrim’s Rest as a celebrity and started the Highwayman’s Garage.