On 2nd July 2018, UNESCO declared the Barberton-Makhonjwa Mountainlands as South Africa's 10th World Heritage Site and Mpumalanga’s first!
Long recognised by geologists as having World Heritage potential, the Barberton-Makhonjwa Mountainlands was placed on South Africa’s World Heritage Tentative List by UNESCO in June 2008.
The site comprises 40% of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, one of the world’s oldest geological structures. The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains represents the best-preserved succession of volcanic and sedimentary rock dating back 3.6 to 3.25 billion years, when the first continents were starting to form on the primitive Earth. It features meteor-impact fallback breccias resulting from the impact of meteorites formed just after the Great Bombardment (4.6 to 3.8 billion years ago).
The site incorporateS the spectacular Barberton-Makhonjawa Geotrail, where striking and informative roadside panels have been installed along the 40km tarred road between Barberton and the Swaziland border post at Josefsdal / Bulembu. A dozen