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People arrive for the clean country air, since Mooi River is almost 1400m above sea level. Established in 1921, the attractive town of Mooi River (pretty river) has the national highway between Johannesburg and Durban running down its middle. It’s the gateway to the central Drakensberg (Dragon Mountains) and from here the Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve is reached.
Mooi River is farming country, some of South Africa's top stud farms are located here. It was once the scene of skirmishes during the South African War and where the British located their military hospital in the hope that the fresh air would hasten recovery.
Mooi River is part of the Midlands Meander, an established and popular arts and crafts route. The town’s elevated position has panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, the days are warm to hot in summer and snow sometimes falls during winter.
It’s relaxed country living surrounded by pastures, ravines and indigenous forest... Show more
For those who are a little adventurous and enjoy the company of other travellers, you can decide to stay at a Backpackers. Often having to share a room with others as well as costs, it is incredibly inexpensive. Often the best choice for those who may be just passing through or will be occupied for the majority of their day. It comes with the most basic amenities and is often formed as part of a bar or similar establishment. Not recommended for those who want privacy, this is best suited for those who wouldn’t mind meeting various other interesting travellers.