Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail, Barberton

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World heritage site · Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Drive on Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail and explore ancient rock formations that tell the story of the beginning of life on Earth, when the sun was pale and the atmosphere was toxic. Cutting through the mountains, the trail includes geosites from the Archaean geological period. Consult the information boards to recognize different geological elements, such as volcanic hailstones, piles of lava pillows, and one of the first signs of life on the planet--fossilized biomats in sandstone. The rocks also reveal ancient tidal patterns, as well as evidence of volcanic activity and huge asteroid impacts. There's a lot to see and learn, so pack a picnic lunch and make a full day trip out of it. PutBarberton Makhonjwa Geotrail into our Barberton trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • If you are a Geography type person or just enjoy the epic beauty our planet has to offer its worth the trip. The road is in a fair to slighty crumbly unmaintained. I drive a polo sedan and it was...  more »
  • Whoever designed this and organised getting it done, built or whatever deserves a special mention. Easy to see and follow, informative, interesting, and something you could relate to. I'm no...  more »

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