These mountains are a must-see for any nature enthusiast. Few places match the Mpumalanga’s (as the native peoples call it) beauty. J.R.R. Tolkien was so inspired by this environment in South Africa that it inspired him to create Middle Earth, the world in The Lord of the Rings.
This mountain range has some of Africa’s highest mountains, most beautiful passes and valleys, and powerful rivers and waterfalls. The entire area is open for hiking, climbing, and horseback riding over the mountainous passes and flat, pristine, and lush plains. Fishing and birding is also very popular in the Drakensberg. The Blyde River Canyon (a 15 mile long gorge) is home to God’s Window, the canyon’s unsurpassed lookout point.
The surrounding savanna is also a great place to view the native wildlife, including, but definitely not limited to elephants, wild dogs, lions, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, zebras and wildebeast.
The best time to travel here is from September to October and March to April. Costs at nearby hotels are only $290 for two per night, but in a place as beautiful and primordial as this, there is absolutely no reason why you should not camp out in the wilderness.