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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Hiking in Barberton

Sadly, the Old Coach Road Mountain Hike has been closed due to illegal mining activity as have the other day trails in Barberton.

Hiking nearby Barberton is only available at the Queen Rose Trail on the R38 road towards Badplaas, approximately 30 km from Barberton.

The hiking trail is an overnight trail but they also offer short day hikes. Please direct enquiries to 0791801488 or do an internet search for Queen Rose Trail.

For more information about Barberton and the surrounding area, please visit the Barberton tourism site at http://www.barberton.co.za

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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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