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.
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.
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.