About The Area
The area is a biodiversity hotspot with lush vegetation and an abundance of trees and birds.
The town is surrounded by seven nature reserves with a wide range of rare and red data fauna and flora. The plant species diversity is higher than that of the Kruger National Park and second only to the Cape Fynbos. The best-known plant found here is the Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii).
The valley was once one of the migratory routes for elephants and the estate borders on the 18 000 hectare Barberton Mountainlands Game Reserve all along its northern and eastern boundaries. The estate already nurtures an abundance of game and is closely situated to the home of the big five, the Kruger National Park, a mere 40 minutes drive from the Malelane gate. Famous tourist attractions like the potholes at Bourke’s Luck, God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrims Rest and the Mozambican Coast, are a pleasant drive away.
The area is also famous for its rich gold prospecting history dating back more than a century. Sheba gold mine (1885) is the oldest and in its prime, the richest gold mine in the world. Colorful personalities like “French Bob”, Cockney Liz, Edwin Bray, Paul Kruger, Percy Fitzpatrick and his dog, Jock, feature in many of the stories of the pioneer era.
Recreation facilities in and around Barberton include gold panning, microlight flights, the best spot in SA for paragliding, quad routes, fly-fishing, and horse riding. Golf can be played locally or nearby at a number of courses as well as at the exclusive Leopard Creek course in Malelane. The development itself offers modern luxuries in the rustic charm of original forests, rivers, and mountains unblemished by the rich cultural history of the region, making it ideal for excursions on foot.
Barberton accommodates locals and visitors with popular amenities such as Pick ‘n Pay, Shoprite Checkers, Wimpy, Kentucky Fried Chicken and services such as a very well established private Medi Clinic and a provincial hospital.
The Nelspruit / Barberton road and the Bulembu road, connecting Barberton via Piggs Peak casino to Maputo and Kosi Bay, is known as the “Royal Route to the Sea” and is arguably the most scenic road in South Africa.
The town nestles 877 meters above sea level at a latitude: 25:47 south, and longitude: 31:03 east. The climate subtropical with mild winters and warm summers and a perfect year-round average day temperature of 24° C(76°F). Distances are, from Barberton to Nelspruit – 45 km, Johannesburg – 380 km, Pretoria – 366 km, Kruger National Park – 90 km and the Swaziland Border – 35 km.
The area is also famous for its rich gold prospecting history dating back more than a century. Sheba gold mine (1885) is the oldest and in its prime, the richest gold mine in the world. Colourful personalities like “French Bob”, Cockney Liz, Edwin Bray, Paul Kruger, Percy Fitzpatrick and his dog, Jock, feature in many of the stories of the pioneer era.