Tucked away in the most ancient corner of our land, hard against South Africa’s border with the kingdom of Swaziland, lies a hidden and spectacularly scenic wilderness of immense geological importance. The Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga are not well known by their original name, maybe that’s because Swazi folklore has it that pointing at them brings bad luck. Well, things are about to change! A major drive for international recognition, started many years ago, and driven by the Barberton Tourism and Biodiversity Corridor (BATOBIC) is finally bearing fruit. The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains of the Barberton Greenstone Belt are now on the tentative list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site programme. The Barberton Makhonjwa geotrail has a series of beautifully landscaped laybys at sites of geological interest and uses richly-illustrated, information-rich panels, conceptualised, compiled and designed by Hamilton-Fynch interpretation consultants, that draw aside the veil of arcane geological communication, and reveal the significance of the Barberton Greenstone Belt in every-day language and concepts. This geotrail is a bucketlist candidate, and something for everyone from families on leisure breaks, to geology students, to enjoy. The Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail takes you on a journey into the mists of an impossibly distant past — more than 3 billion years ago.
Welcome to our time machine!
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SEE OUR YOUTUBE VIDEOS ON THE GEOTRAIL:
http://youtube/VWKOOMZ1Mi0 — An overview of the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26nBe2SlZfM — The Geotrail Launch
http://youtu.be/XtJu0m3V130 — The Plaque Unveiling
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