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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

Barberton Manor Guest House

4 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 3 rooms

Barberton Manor Guest House, the Gem of Barberton built in 1927 after a Sir Herbert Baker design is...
R1145
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Fountain Baths Guest House

24 Reviews
Sleeps 26 in 7 rooms

Nestled at the foot of the breathtaking Mkonjwa Mountain Range in the quaint mining town of...
R920
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Royal Sheba Guesthouse

12 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 9 rooms

Come and experience our tranquil and homely atmosphere at Royal Sheba Guesthouse. We offer a luxurious, peaceful and secure stay in the...

Temaswati Lodge

3 Reviews
Sleeps 36 in 18 rooms

Temaswati Lodge is an African lodge situated in the Makhonjwa Mountains within the CBD of Barberton. The lodge is an expression of the...
R750
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Kloofhuis Guest House

15 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 3 rooms

Situated on the slopes of the Makhonjwa Mountians, overlooking the town of Barberton and the De Kaap Valley, you will find the beautiful...
R800
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The Gold Nugget Guest House

22 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 4 rooms

This Charming Guesthouse and fully licensed pub is set in a tranquil garden setting. The Gold...
R500
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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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