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Songimvelo Nature Reserve, Barberton, Mpumalanga

Ancient mountains of the world - Songimvelo Nature Reserve, Barberton, MpumalangaThe Songimvelo Nature Reserve is the largest provincial nature reserve in South Africa and falls within the world-famous archaeological zone known as the ‘Barberton Greenstone Belt’. These mountains are among the most ancient landforms on earth, having been around for nearly half the earth’s existence. Unsurprisingly, the reserve attracts scientists and geologists from around the world, on a daily basis.

Covering an area of 49 000ha, the reserve is one of Mpumalanga’s best kept secrets. If geology isn’t quite your thing, then you’ll sure be fascinated by the fact that the reserve has the highest known plant diversity in the entire Mpumalanga province, with more than 1400 species. The most precious of these species is the Wooly Cycad, the last remaining population of which lies within the reserve.

A diverse tapestry of rolling hills, hiddens valleys, ravines and plains, the landscape is one of the most aesthetically inspiring in the province. For it’s fascinating geology, incredible plant and animal life and unmatchable Mpumalanga scenery, the reserve should definitely be on your to-do list on your visit Mpumalanga.

Getting there: from Gauteng, take the N4 going East into Mpumalanga. Continue to Nelspruit. At Nelspruit, take the R40 going South to Barberton. Continue through Barberton until you see the entrance to the reserve on your right-hand side.

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