#LoveSA: Adventuring through Mpumalanga's Genesis Route

Mpumalanga Genesis Route. (Photo: YouTube)
Mpumalanga Genesis Route. (Photo: YouTube)

Cape Town – South Africans are blessed with an abundance of rich cultural and natural heritage to satisfy our wanderlust at every turn we take.

Every province boasts a unique heritage, history and landscape making each adventure stand out from the rest. The beauty of traversing every corner of the country is that there’s always something new and different to explore.

Such is the case in Mpumalanga – the “place where the sun rises” - which offers more than the awe-inspiring Kruger National Park and breathtaking Panaroma Route.

SEE: #FindYourEscape: Exploring the best of the Panorama Route

Mpumalanga is also known for its Genesis Route, which the province’s tourism body says “will take you back to the best preserved first life forms on planet Earth” as it allows visitors to step back in time and see what the planet would have looked like over 3.5 billion years ago.

The Genesis Route covers an area in the Makhonjwa Mountain Range, and is a 220km route that connects the historic town of Barberton, the holiday destination of Badplaas and the agricultural area of Low’s Creek.

According to Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA), the Route showcases the province’s diverse landscapes and spectacular viewpoints which include rolling Savannah grasslands, rocky mountainous ravines and indigenous forests.

Check out the route highlighted on the map below:

The Route is home to Big Five safaris, is rich in “Gold Rush history”, boasts unique geology, is packed with vibrant cultural experiences and action adventures, says MTPA, adding that it offers a relaxing weekend getaway.

Visitors can also enjoy heritage walks, paragliding, cycling, nature hikes, cultural experiences and be mesmerised by scenic views.

Watch the video to find out what you can explore along the Genesis Route:

After recently winning “tentative World Heritage Status”, it has become the ninth place in South Africa to achieve this, says MTPA.

SEE: WATCH: New gorge lift thrills thousands in Graskop + SA’s new attractions to check out

Road-trippers can take the Genesis Route to get to the Kruger Lowveld, as it provides a scenic alternative to the N4 for those travelling from Gauteng.

MTPA also says that travellers can access the Route from Carolina on the R38, Machadodorp on the R541 or Nelspruit on the R40.

However, the Route does not only make an ideal long weekend escape for families, but also offers easy access as a border-crossing break into Swaziland and Mozambique.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
37% - 2443 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
26% - 1749 votes
No, I don't think they need it
37% - 2433 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.09
(-0.16)
ZAR/GBP
21.02
(-0.23)
ZAR/EUR
18.22
(-0.19)
ZAR/AUD
11.62
(-0.25)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(-0.54)
Gold
1734.50
(+0.02)
Silver
26.67
(+0.05)
Platinum
1186.51
(+0.42)
Brent Crude
64.40
(-2.56)
Palladium
2310.00
(+0.58)
All Share
66138.05
(-1.99)
Top 40
60754.30
(-2.11)
Financial 15
12200.05
(-1.09)
Industrial 25
86144.34
(-0.81)
Resource 10
67459.85
(-4.14)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo