Nelspruit - From green and pleasant lands, to geographically diverse topography with spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife - Mother Nature has contributed to some stunning mountainous drives across the Mpumalanga region..

There is surely no better way to explore “the place where the sun rises” than driving its winding, curvy mountain roads such as the R533 leading to Robbers Pass.

Whatever your driving preference, you are guaranteed an adventure while winding through gorgeous mountain scenery whilst uncovering plenty of history along the way. No trip on this long tarred wonder is the same, which is why this road has been voted one of South Africa’s Best Roads by Avis.

An area steeped in history, a landscape boasting wild horses and the odd monument. In addition of course, stories of robbers of those who found gold in the area, the R533 brings diversity to life. Whether you simply want to relax and take in the scenery, or be inspired by the stunning natural beauty, this is where it's at.

Connecting the quaint towns of Pilgrims Rest in the east with Orighstad in the West, covering a stretch of 7 kilometres, the road is the original road that settlers travelled on with their ox wagons but today it is a modern tarred highway that winds through Kranskloof, Phelindaba and the Morgenzon Forestry station. Undoubtedly, this road is the most stunning example of human engineering within the vast South African landscape.

Presenting a series of sharp bends and hairpins, the road should be tackled slowly. However, drivers are advised to keep an eye out for a herd of wild horses on the right-hand side of the road on the Morgenzon plantation. If you do spot them consider yourself very fortunate, as they are seldom seen.

South Africa has many roads to travel on, but the R533 towards Robbers Pass rank amongst the most amazing Best Roads To Drive — in terms of beauty, navigation and sheer driving pleasure.

Adapted from a press release for IOL

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