Daisy town as some would call it, Barberton is a small town in Lowveld Mpumalanga, named after Henry Barber in 1884 by the gold commissioner David Walson. Engulfed by the beautiful Makhonjwa mountains, that have been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO.This comes to enhance the province and the country’s tourism destinations, these mountains are one of the world’s oldest geological site and is such a great gem to the local residents.
The mountain has a beautiful route called the Genesis of life – Geotrail. On this route lies a few hangout spots that are well in use by the residents of Barberton. These spots are usually full and hectic during weekends. Residents drive up the mountain to enjoy breakfast, lunch or sometimes host braais up the mountain.
Along with exceptional geology, the area is rich in wild plants, animals and beautiful scenery. The several large and small nature reserves and panoramic beauty, provide the key elements needed for developing diverse and innovative tourism partnerships and businesses such as adventure tourism, geological, birding, game viewing, historical and cultural tours, hiking and off-road trails. A first World Heritage Site in Mpumalanga will thus provide a major global marketing boost for tourism.
In the past few years, cycling completions held in Barberton have been hosted around the geotrail, A restaurant owned by young men in Barberton, Café Lavida – a Pop up restaurant has also has their restaurant up the Makhonjwa mountains. This is amongst many other ways the community gets together and has a good time! Adventure tourists or families looking for a thrill will love horse riding, quad biking, and paragliding their way through Mpumalanga’s rugged mountains. Off-roading can also be a thrill, and promises spectacular views.
The exposure to great entertainment in this town is in the hands of a few young business orientated individuals, who aim at uplifting the young, making sure those at school have uniforms and most importantly that the town’s economic development is one that is tangible. The biggest annual event held is Barberton July, which has been growing in numbers through the years since it was launched in 2017. The hype around the event is huge enough to have people from all over the province and all over the country gather in witness and support, says Ncedo ‘Tjinja Guluva’ Shakwane, sole founder of the Barberton July. Development is what keeps the structure of town planning a successful one, business heads saw it fit to erect a shopping centre, Stimela Crossing in Barberton. This has since brought many community members together as it is central and consists of a number of stores to choose from. A vibrant way to socialize and get everything in one place , very convenient!
Then the richest soil is that which is home to the mines, Barberton is a town of gold as it hosts a number of Gold mines which supply out to other provinces within the country.
Well worth a visit are the old mines, the beautiful scenic drives and the museum.