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.
Popular Activities in the Mkhomazi State Forest
McKenzie's Caves Hike
The upside of this hike is that McKenzie's caves are relatively close to the car park from where you begin hiking. The downside: it is an almost immediate and relentless uphill slog to reach them. Actually Mckenzie's caves are a couple...
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Sinclair's Cave Hike
There are two routes to reach Sinclair's Cave – either from Mkhomazi or from the Kamberg Game Reserve's hutted camp. Taking the Kamberg Route can include Game Pass Shelter, famous for its rock art paintings, but to see them you need...
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Popular Attractions near Mkhomazi State Forest
Mkhomazi Wilderness Area
Mkhomazi Wilderness refers to a large section of the southern central parts of uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Centre) that is regarded as one of the few spaces in the country where you can hike for days without...
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