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BARBERTON –– MAKHONJWA GEOTRAIL WINS ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD


The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains at dawn (Lesley Lane - Hamilton-Fynch)


At the recent Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business annual awards dinner the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail was awarded the KLCBT/Halls Limited, Environmental Award

“This award recognises excellence for activities which are developed, planned and managed in accordance with recognised best practice for the benefit of the sustainability of human society and the environment on which we depend.”

The finalists were – BATOBIC (Barberton Tourism and Biodiversity Corridor) Project – The Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail, the Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Journalism and SANParks Honorary Rangers. We are thrilled to say that the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail came out tops


The Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail Team (Lowveld Media)


The development of the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail has been a huge team effort extending over several years (and it’s not over yet). We are immensely proud and privileged to have been part of the BATOBIC-led team and to have had the opportunity to develop the interpretation panels along the trail, and very grateful for the expert refereeing of content by Prof. Christoph Heubeck.


The Dycedale Syncline along the trail at dawn (Lesley Lane - Hamilton-Fynch)


A closer view of the syncline (Lesley Lane - Hamilton-Fynch)


The Dycedale Syncline interpretation panel (Hamilton-Fynch)




The view from the Msauli/Pillow Lava site at Bulembu Gate (Lesley Lane - Hamilton-Fynch)




Picnic site and interpretation panel at the Volcanic Lapilli just a few metres from Msauli View/Pillow Lavas. This picnic site has a braai/barbecue facility. (Lesley Lane - Hamilton-Fynch)


The Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail is the longest, continuous and best preserved sequence of Archean eon geology on Earth, spanning a gulf of time from 3.5 to 3.2 billion years ago and recording cataclysmic and world-changing events, from asteroid impacts and volcanic eruptions to some of Earth’s earliest life forms. Some geologists have said that as a geological record, it is, in its way, as spectacular as the Grand Canyon. Do yourself a favour and take a drive along the trail. There’s lots of other stuff to do in the area and plenty of good accommodation in Barberton and the surrounding area.


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