Mkhomazi State Forest, KwaZulu Natal
Mkhomazi is situated in the southern section of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. The Mkhomazi section of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is one of the most isolated and least explored mountainous areas in KwaZulu Natal. The area is not attached to the main escarpment and comprises of a number of elevated ridges protruding towards the Natal Midlands. Mkhomazi is one of the few areas in the Drakensberg where one can hike for days without seeing another soul. The ideal destination for a wild demanding hike.
Mkhomazi is characterized by numerous high altitude wetlands, deep gorges and rolling prairie-like grasslands. It is home to a variety of wildlife and bird species. Black Wildebeest, Mountain Reedbuck, Grey Rhybuck and Eland are the more commonly seen mammals but Caracal, Serval, Porcupine and Otter are also found in the Area. Some of the more common bird species include Bokmakierie, Golden Breasted Bunting and Stone Chat. Lammergeier, Cape Vulture and Black Eagle are also present but sighted less often.