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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

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...
R700
Avg per night for 2 guests

Jathira Guesthouse

2 Reviews
Sleeps 80 in 20 rooms

Jathira Guesthouse is situated just outside of Barberton, far out enough to enjoy the peacefulness of the Makonwja Mountains.The guest...
R1000
Avg per night for 2 guests

Msauli Village

Sleeps 20 in 9 rooms

Welcome to Msauli Village. Accommodation for 14 guests is now available in the guest house. Self-catering facilities with fully equipped...
R380
Avg per night for 2 guests

Royal Sheba Guesthouse

6 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...
R950
Avg per night for 2 guests

Cockney Liz Hotel

2 Reviews
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...
R550
Avg per night

Mountain Rock Cottage

12 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Mountain Rock Cottage is situated in Barberton which is nestled in the heart of the Makhonjwa Mountainlands in the De Kaap Valley; one of...
R840
Avg per night for 2 guests

Makhonjwa Mountains Map

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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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