- Breakfast and beverages
- Entrance fees
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Lunch and beverages
- Souvenir shopping
- Speaking tour guide
- Tour through the village and a traditional song and dance performance
Genesis Panoramic and Historical Tour
Full Day Genesis Panoramic and Historical Tour
Visit some of the most diverse landscapes, spectacular viewpoints and important heritage sites in South Africa. Immerse yourself in the history of the earth on the Geo-Trail which dates back 3,5 billion years. Fast forward to the 1880’s and the discovery of some of the world’s oldest known gold and silver deposits. Be spellbound by the Van Gogh of African art at NukainMabuza’s Stone Garden. A day of history, diversity and beauty awaits you!!
Tour inclusions and exclusions:
- Pick up from your accommodation
- A fully guided day tour
- Entry fees
- Lunch and beverages
- Drop off at your accommodation
- Breakfast – we recommend that you have an early breakfast
before we pick you up
- Souvenir shopping
Pick up for this full day tour will be at 8:00am and drop off will be in the late afternoon or early evening.
There will be a cooler box available in the vehicle with a variety of soft drinks and bottled water. This will be run on account and will be payable at the end of the day.
Situated in Mpumalanga and bordering on Swaziland, lies The Genesis Route. This panoramic tour showcases some of the province’s most diverse landscapes, spectacular viewpoints and most important heritage sites. It has recently won tentative World Heritage Status, making it only the ninth place in South Africa to do so and a must-see for all visitors to the area.
The Genesis Route includes the town of Barberton which is rich in Gold Rush history. Barberton was established in 1884 following the discovery of gold in 1881. This area is home to some of the world’s oldest known gold and silver deposits and gold is still mined there today at Sheba Mine, one of the oldest and richest working gold mines in the world. Barberton is home to the very first South African Stock Exchange, The Heritage Walk and numerous museums and statues commemorating the small town’s history.
The Genesis Route also encompasses the Geo-Trail which has a unique geology that is found nowhere else in the world and dates back 3.5 billion years to when the earth was being formed. There are 11 stops along this section of The Route, each with a beautifully interpreted information board where you will see evidence of super-hot volcanoes, ancient tsunami’s and the first life forms visible to the naked eye.
Some of the numerous highlights of the day include:
- NukainMabuza’s Stone Garden
- The Genesis Route and its many panoramic viewpoints
- The Barberton Heritage Walk which includes 24 relics of the towns illustrious past
- Belhaven House Museum
- Barberton Museum
- Jock of the Bushveld statue
- The Geo-Trail
Our day will kick off with an 8am pick up at your accommodation. Pick up times may vary depending on where you are staying, but this will be confirmed with you at the time of booking.
Our first stop will be at NukainMabuza’s Stone Garden. Nukain is known as ‘the Van Gogh of African art’ and he has transformed an entire koppie (hillside) with his colourful, painted rocks. He passed away in 1981 and the site has been preserved for visitors.
After departing from the Stone Garden, we will start on The Genesis Route. There will be numerous photo opportunities on this beautiful panoramic route. We will make our way to Barberton, where we will take a trip back to the 1880’s and delve into the towns rich gold mining history. We will visit a couple of museums, The Heritage Walk and the Jock of the Bushveld statue.
After a busy morning, a delicious lunch awaits us at the idyllic Josephine’s restaurant. This will give us a chance to relax and refresh ourselves before continuing on our journey of discovery.
From Barberton, we will wind our way up the Bulembu Pass and onto The Geo-Trail. We will stop at each of the 11 viewpoints and learn about and see some of the oldest rock formations in the world and the earliest life forms visible to the naked eye. This will give us a very good idea what the world would have looked like 3.4 billion years ago.
We will turn around close to the Bulembu Border Gate between South Africa and Swaziland and wind our way down the pass, back through Barberton. We aim to have you back at your accommodation in the late afternoon or early evening. Our drop off times will vary depending on how much time we spend at each of the panoramic viewpoints, museums and other places of interest.
- Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa