Forty-three kilometres from Nelspruit and 360 kilometres from Johannesburg you'll find Barberton, Mpumalanga's best-kept-secret. The tiny town of Barberton had its hey-day in in the 1800's, when gold was discovered there and subsequently grew to become the home of the first stock exchange in the then-Transvaal.
It was 1883 when alluvial gold was first discovered, followed by a gold reef in the hills nearby. As you might expect, the discoveries soon lead to an influx of fortune-seekers and wealthy businessmen in the mining industry. The town was declared a year later, in 1884 and named Barberton after a Mr Barber, who was one of the first to come across gold in the area. Soon there was an influx of not just people too but money and the town grew exponentially.
Later though, Barberton's growth slowed and today it is a quiet little town surrounded by breath-taking scenery, perfect for the city dweller desperate for a relaxing break. In the centre of town you'll find a marked heritage walk, but Barberton's major draw card is the nature surrounding it.
It lies in the De Kaap Valley, in the shadow of the Makhonjwa Mountains which, dating back 3.5 billion years, are amongst the oldest in the world. The town is surrounded by numerous hikes in these ancient mountains and there are also plenty of mountain bike tracks to sink your teeth into.
One of the walking routes outside town takes you through an old tunnel, a kilometre long, once used to transport ore from the mines to the old crusher, and on many other walks you can spot bird life such as the Knysna or Purple-crested turaco and Narina Trogon.
The best place to spot these birds and more is in one of the 6 nature reserves which are all within a 12 kilometre radius of Barberton.
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Barberton is set in very old country, and well worn to boot. The hills were scuffed threadbare by treasure hunters centuries ago. Even before the glint of gold there was the allure of red ochre, and a... More Info
Situated at the slopes of the Makhonjwa Mountians, overlooking the town of Barberton and the De Kaap valley, this 1890 built Victorian Style house with its spacious veranda provides the perfect opport... More Info
Bushwhacked is a fully equipped self catering establishment, situated on the edge of town in a peaceful, quiet location with amazing views of the valley. Free Wifi.
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This Charming Guesthouse and fully licensed pub is set in a tranquil garden setting. The Gold Nugget Guesthouse has become known for its friendly service and hospitality.
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The "Chill Inn" dates back to "The Gold Rush Era", this newly renovated Inn is true to its name " Chill Inn " were one will feel welcome and at home in its secluded and homely sitting. prepare a meal ... More Info
This charming holiday resort, midway between Nelspruit and Barberton, on the scenic Panorama Route, is a unique and accessible get-away. Jock of the Bushveld offers reasonably priced accommodation for... More Info
Old Coach Road is situated 9kms from Barberton on the R38 Kaapmuiden road.
Set on 13 acres of land within the Barberton Mountainlands, it is ideal for that quiet weekend break away. Close to Kruger P... More Info
Barberton Manor Guest House - 'the Gem of Barberton' - built in 1927 after a Sir Herbert Baker design - is a National Heritage and still in it's original state (Birma teak doors, Oregon Pine floors), ... More Info
Nestled at the foot of the breathtaking Mkonjwa Mountain Range in the quaint mining town of Barberton, you'll find Fountain Baths Guesthouse. Built in 1884 as a bathhouse for gold diggers in the area,... More Info
A private mountain retreat for a peaceful break away with beautiful views of the Barberton basin and enjoy unforgettable sunsets in your own rock pool. Safe walking areas and a bird watchers paradise.... More Info
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Geotrail is interesting.....the museum and heritage walk as well.....although driving Is a better option......
- H.A Bresler
Baie mooi dorp, jammer dat die droogte hulle so knel.:-(
- Nonnie Van Wyk
Nice historic town
- Gerhard Badenhorst
Barberton is a beautiful town, signage was not good for tourists
- Colleen Bowes
An interesting place to visit with a number of places to see
- Robyn Hughes