The Genesis Route
I have never been a fan of Zoo’s or Wildlife Parks, especially after being lucky enough to live in the Kruger National Park for a number of years. However, curiosity about the Cradle of Life Biopark along with the urge to see a Siberian Wolf up close and personal got the better of me.
The moment Simon’s house comes into sight you know you have found something special, a real labour of love. With its mixture of stone and organic sculptures, wrought iron metalwork and quirky disjointed architecture this house is definitively one of a kind. It would look at home on the cover of glossy magazines promoting bijoux living, yet the real magic of the place only truly comes alive when you hear the story behind it.
The resort town of Badplaas is nestled invitingly at the foot of the Ndlumudlumu Mountains just 3 hours from Johannesburg via the N17 & R38 or a little over an hour from Nelspruit via the R40 and R38. Badplaas provides the ideal weekend getaway, especially for those looking to escape the cold Gauteng winter.
How did life on Earth come about? What did it look like? Are we alone in the universe?
If there was life on other planets, what might it look like?
The small town of Badplaas in Mpumalanga is famed for its hot springs that draw thousands of tourists to the town each year. But it’s the other amazing attractions that can be found around this small town that keeps them coming back.
From the moment you enter the magnificent gates of Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge you know you are somewhere special.
The Wild Frontier provides an important gateway to Swaziland, which has become a popular weekend getaway for South Africans and international tourists alike. Most want to get through the border gate of Jeppe’s Reef as quickly as possible, but if you make the time to visit the Matsamo cultural village located at Jeppe’s Reef border post you won't regret it.
Mpumalanga is renowned for its birding and the Genesis Route is no exception. Over 350 different species of bird have been identified along the Genesis Route, mainly around the Gold Rush town of Barberton.
Mpumalanga’s wildlife draws people from all over the world, whether it is Kruger National Park’s iconic Big 5 or the exceptional birding the area is famed for. Author Herbert Otto, nephew of famed Kruger game capture pilot Piet Otto, is no different. He has been coming to the Lowveld since he was a child, but the animal he hopes to catch a glimpse of is one that people rarely stop for – the butterfly.