Gem Stone Trail
area around Pongolapoort consists of ancient Karoo basalts. The
outflow of these basalts covered most of South Africa, and heralded
the break-up of Gondwanaland approximately 180 million years ago. The
rapidly cooling basalts trapped gas bubbles, and percolating fluids
carrying minerals in solution, led to the growth of amethyst crystals
in cavities and openings in the rock. A mineral hike in the Lebombo
Mountains, provides you with an excellent opportunity to collect your
own amethyst crystals.
Tour with Digs Pascoe, local expert: Learn
why the Lebombo Mountains have a powerful influence over this region,
how they were formed. Follow Rider Haggards footsteps, inspiring him
to write classics like King Solomons Mines, through the time span of
the formation of crystals and gemstones in this majestic range and
share the Zulu's rural way of life. Then, together with the diggers
at their primitive gemstone mine, dig for your own treasures of the
typical early prospector's lunch and drinks will be served at the
pithead. The local community sell lovely gemstones, crystals and
bring along small
The excursion takes us over Lake Jozini to the ancient seabed of the
continental shelf where cretaceous fossils have been hidden for some
65 million years. We discuss the awesome geology of the area.
is a long trail suggested for the fairly fit person, rated Grade 3.
by Digs Pascoe, advance notice is required for this outing.
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