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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


9 Reviews
Sleeps 19 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 R530
per night for 2 guests

Old Coach Road Guest House

19 Reviews
Sleeps 17 in 8 rooms

Situated on 13 acres of land 9km outside Barberton on R38 Kaapmuiden road. The guest house is...
from R930
per night for 2 guests

Royal Sheba Guesthouse

5 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 R1050
per night for 2 guests

Chill Inn Barberton

4 Reviews
Sleeps 22 in 8 rooms

The Chill Inn is situated in Barberton which is known for it's unique geological surroundings.  There is lots of activities to be done...
from R650
per night for 2 guests

African Rest

9 Reviews
Sleeps 122 in 45 rooms

African Rest is situated on the banks of the Suid Kaap River off the R40 in Mpumalanga. The lodge is only a three and half hour drive from...
from R990
per night for 2 guests

Barberton Mountain Lodge

24 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 R800
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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