The Genesis Route

The Genesis Route lies in the heart of Mpumalanga in the Makhonjwa Mountain Range. The 220km figure of eight Route connects the historic town of Barberton to the holiday destination of Badplaas and the agricultural community of Low’s Creek.
The Genesis Route showcases some of Mpumalanga’s most diverse landscapes and spectacular viewpoints, from rolling savannah grasslands through rocky mountainous ravines and indigenous forests. It has recently won tentative World Heritage Status, making it only the ninth place in South Africa to do so. The Route is home to Big 5 Safari’s, rich in Gold Rush history, a unique geology found nowhere else in the world, packed full of vibrant cultural experiences and action packed adventures. As well as being the perfect place for those wanting a perfect relaxing weekend getaway. In short, the Genesis Route has it all! 
The Genesis Route is the gateway to the Kruger Lowveld, Swaziland and Mozambique and provides the scenic alternative to the N4 for those travelling from Gauteng. Access the Route from Carolina on the R38, Machadodorp on the R541 or Nelspruit on the R40 and explore one of Mpumalanga’s hidden gems – The Genesis Route.
Click on a red pin to view more information about each of the towns, or select a yellow pin to find out more about the activities along Mpumalanga’s Genesis Route.

If you are looking for something to do in the beautiful nature of the province of Mpumalanga, we highly recommend taking a drive along the Genesis Route. Shaped in the figure of a number eight and spanning 220km, the Genesis Route will take you on a journey through Mpumalanga’s Makhonjwa Mountain Range, perfect for a Sunday drive.

A Road Trip along the Genesis Route
14 December 2017 by Mpumalanga Tourism
Categories: Genesis Route

With “Sustainable Tourism” as this year’s theme, the province of Mpumalanga is thrilled to host the 2017 World Tourism Day during the month of September. With an events calendar in build up to the main event on the 27th of this month, find interventions across various sectors of the economy in support of World Tourism day. Aimed at growing the provincial economy as well as addressing socio-economic challenges that affect the area, find month long events and happenings throughout the month and beyond aimed at advancing sustainable tourism throughout the province of Mpumalanga.

MTPA 2017 World Tourism Day Schedule
22 September 2017 by Camilla Meszaros
Categories: Genesis Route, Adventure, Wild Life

The Genesis Route has so much to offer. There is the spectacular scenery, amazing wildlife, a rich and diverse cultural heritage, unique geology and a huge range of attractions. There are also many adventurous ways that you can explore this amazing route.

The Big 5 Ways to Explore the Genesis Route
16 March 2017 by Katy Johnson
Categories: Genesis Route

He may be new to the Lowveld, but that hasn’t stopped Rekwele leaving his mark. Poached from his Johannesburg job to be part of BATOBIC - the Barberton Tourism and Biodiversity Corridor, it was the prospect of working on a World Heritage Site project that really excited him. You only have to hear Rekwele speak about the area to realise he has fallen in love with The Genesis Route. When asked the best part of his job, Rekwele’s answer was simple, “I get to expose Barberton and all the wonderful things we have here to the world”. So who better to uncover this incredible part of Mpumalanga?

The Genesis Route Uncovered
10 July 2015 by Katy Johnson
Categories: Genesis Route

In the heart of Mpumalanga lies the Genesis Route. A 220km figure of eight loop, the Genesis Route takes you through some of the Province’s most incredible scenery and important heritage sites.

Introducing The Genesis Route
02 July 2015 by Katy Johnson
Categories: Genesis Route

Barberton born and bred, owner of the iconic Barberton restaurant ‘The Cocopan’, and the town’s tourist agency ‘Barberton Odyssey’; it is fair to say Andrea Botha’s life revolves around Barberton. 

Uncover Barberton Part One
02 July 2015 by Katy Johnson
Categories: Genesis Route, Adventure

It only takes a few minutes of speaking with David to realise that he is a man who wears many different ‘hats’. A geologist by training, he now runs the Aloe Ridge Guest Farm with his wife Anne. A 66 hectare once derelict property that they transformed into a beautiful guest house with a garden any bird lover would die for. Over 260 bird species are officially listed on the property. Mainly as a result of David’s insistence that they only plant bird attracting plants, although Anne has managed to sneak in the odd Aloe or three. Aloe Ridge truly is a birder’s paradise.

Barberton Uncovered – Part 2
02 July 2015 by Katy Johnson
Categories: Genesis Route, Adventure

A Belgian Restaurant in Barberton might not be what you initially expect to find in this quaint Gold Rush town. But like the best hidden treasures, once you have found it you will never forget it!

A taste of Belgium in Barberton
02 July 2015 by Katy Johnson
Categories: Genesis Route, Adventure

Around every corner of the Genesis Route you will find a brown sign pointing out one of the great things to see and do in the area. Of all the signs I have followed while exploring the route, it is the one pointing into the Nkomazi Game Reserve on the R38 that had me most intrigued. 

All Photo's were taken by Roger Horrock


Diving into the Unknown!
25 June 2015 by Katy Johnson
Categories: Genesis Route, Adventure
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