About Makhonjwa Mountains

The Makhonjwa Mountains around Barberton are renowned for their ancient green rocks with their unique scientific record of the pre-history of the earth and for the human stories in pursuit of hidden gold. Also referred to as the ‘Genesis of Life’, its geology includes the best preserved truly ancient rocks on earth.

Despite the rocks being 3.5 billion years old they are so well preserved that their fossils faithfully record the earliest life forms on the planet as well as evidence of the first recorded massive meteorite impact. Come to Barberton for the most spectacular sceneries, over the mountain for picnic, and if the beauty does not hold you back too long, a trip to Songimvelo Nature Reserve.

"The oldest well preserved sedimentary and volcanic rocks on Earth. ... These rock layers are like the pages of a book that we can read and translate in terms of early Earth's history. Here in Barberton is the Rosetta Stone for this period of time." Prof Don Lowe, Stanford University

"The rocks of the Barberton region represent the best-preserved example of the Earth's ancient oceanic and continental crust." Profs Terence McCarthy and Bruce Rubidge, University of the Witwatersrand

Things to do in Barberton

Accommodation near Makhonjwa Mountains

Barberton Mountain Lodge

19 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 2 rooms

We have two self-catering units Die Berghuisie and Die Houthuisie & Mukwana House rooms only.Each unit sleeps 4 people in two seperate...
from R760
per night for 2 guests

Royal Sheba Guesthouse

4 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 8 rooms

Come and experience our tranquil and homely atmosphere at Royal Sheba Guesthouse. We offer a luxurious, peaceful and secure stay in the...
from R950
per night for 2 guests


6 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 6 rooms

Bushwhacked is a self-catering house in Barberton situated on the edge of town backing onto an uninhabited valley, with spectacular...
from R420
per night for 2 guests

Cockney Liz Hotel

1 Review
Sleeps 32 in 13 rooms

Cockney Liz Hotel is situated in the historic mining town of Barberton, with its breathtaking view of the Makhonjwa Mountains. The Cockney...
from R500
per night for 2 guests

Mantongomane Lodge

2 Reviews
Sleeps 44 in 19 rooms

Mantongomane Lodge is situated on the banks of the Suid Kaap River off the R40 in Mpumalanga. The lodge is only a three and half hour...
from R650
per night for 2 guests

Aloe Ridge Guest Farm

17 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 5 rooms

Aloe Ridge is situated in a very scenic and peaceful environment surrounded by the Barberton Mountains. Our aim is to engender a sense of...
from R550
per night for 2 guests

Makhonjwa Mountains Map

Makhonjwa Mountains is 4.2km from the centre of Barberton , the nearest airport 45.5km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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