Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dream Travel Destination: The Drakensburg Mountains, South Africa

I thought I'd start doing a regular blog about my dream travel destinations (it's a long list!). And that way I have written it down and will therefore be one step closer to going! I have an awesome book called "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" by Patricia Schultz which I get out and flick through every now and then when the travel bug has bitten me.  This one is a destination that I read about in that book.

Apparently, Mpumalanga (where the Drakensburg Mountains are situated) is believed to be the inspiration behind the setting of Lord of the Rings, which was written by South African born JRR Tolkien.
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These are South African highest mountains and they offer a whole host of activities including hiking, horseback riding, bird watching and fishing - and from the photos I think there would also be a lot of standing around looking gobsmacked at the spectacular views.
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The Blyde River Canyon is a 15 mile long gorge which boasts "God Window" - a spectacular lookout point.  Definitely a place for the to-do list.
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And if you have not yet had your fix of beautiful South Africa, check out Robin Street Market's "South Africa" page for handmade products directly from the beautiful country.  The products are colourful, unique and obviously handmade with lots of love and attention, like these gorgeous paper mache bowls.