What to do in Barberton

Day outings by car

From Old coach Road you can explore the Southern Lowveld and Swaziland. Kruger National Park is only 65km distant (Malelane gate) and within easy reach for a day visit. We will supply a breakfast/picnic pack for an early start.

Barberton is Mountainland territory. Take a day self-drive trip for some fantastic scenery via Barberton/Swaziland/Badplaas and visit the old mining town in Msauli.

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Day Hike at Old Coach Road

(Please note that the day hike is closed due to illegal mining activity (Zama-zamas) and will be re-opened once safety issues of hikers have been resolved- As of January 2018, we are currently negotiating with the zama-zamas to give hikers freedom of movement. This has proved to be painfully slow as the faces change every day and no one person seems to be in charge) We apologise for the inconvenience.

If you enjoy hiking and birding, there is a 6km day hike on the property which gives you access to the unique geology of Barberton as well as a wide variety of plant, insect and bird species, some of which are endemic to this region.

Duration of the hike is approximately 3 hours, allowing time for rests to admire the view. The hiking trail rises from about 600msl to 980msl at the highest point. A wide variety of wild flowers and Protea species can be seen depending on season. You will also come across remnants of the gold rush days.

The hiking trail is open to day visitors at a cost of R25.00 per person. Prior reservation is essential. There is no charge for
overnight guests.

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Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail

On your way up the Bulembu Pass on the R40 towards the Swaziland border, you travel back in geological time. In fact, about 3.6 billion years when our planet had recently cooled down and the first continental crust had formed. To view this evidence from the distant pass, several geological waypoints (geosites) have been established along the route where you can safely park your vehicle and admire the view and the geological formations. For more information about this unique route, please visit www.geotrail.co.za

Give yourself at least a day to view and appreciate this unique record. An informative book describing the various geosites is available from the Barberton Tourist Office or from local hospitality establishments.

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