Barberton - Genesis of Life


Overlooking townBarberton 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 almost every thing is prefaced by the phrase “the oldest”. This is the Frontier of Time.

HorsebackThe wildness is surprising. For land so trod-over, delved into, dug over and uprooted, it is blissfully serene and beautiful. The effervescent sense of wilderness and adventure percolates through the scars of adits, pits, paths and the patchy overlay of alien plantations.


Barberton is a by-product of the hills, a relic of fleeting gold fever. Once the “Gem of the Lowveld” the town now rests in the supporting arms of the beautiful Makhonjwa mountains.


StreetsignThere are Heritage Walk signposts around  town and a number of hiking trails in the hills behind. A slow stroll from town centre will take you into a gentle wooded ravine where you can see Purple Crested and Knysna Turaco, and Narina Trogon. Another walk includes a kilometre long tunnel used in the old days to move ore from a mine to a long vanished crusher.

This is a destination you can make your own. Relax in the gentle serenity of the area, or thrill to the wild exuberance of the pioneering spirit as you explore on foot, by mountain-bike or 4x4. Experience the wonder of this most ancient geology and its associated botanical richness, or play a gentle round of golf or game of bowls in the velvet air. Quad Biking

Within a twelve kilometre radius of the town you can reach half a dozen nature and wildlife reserves; inside an hour, through Malelane, you can be in the Kruger National Park. In two hours by road you can reach either Maputo or Mbabane, the capitals of neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland.



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