The 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.
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.
Why not try something different this Sunday and discover the beautiful province of Mpumalanga in the process. The 220km figure of eight Genesis Route lies in the heart of Mpumalanga’s Makhonjwa Mountain Range and makes the prefect Sunday drive.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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