Accommodation in Barberton, Mpumalanga
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Barberton is situated in close proximity to Swaziland (42km to Bulembu border – remember to bring your passport), the Kruger National Park (78km to Malelane gate), the popular Badplaas resort (76km through breathtaking scenery) Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga (45km) and the other main attractions of the Lowveld and Escarpment – e.g. Sabie 109km, Pilgrims Rest 149km. Good roads link Barberton to these places of interest, but if off-road is more your scene, enquire at the information bureau about the scenic drives and walks through some of the most unspoilt and biodiverse areas of our country.
Latitude : 25 degrees, 47' south
Johannesburg : 403km
1. Barberton-Bulembu : R40, 9km tar, 32km gravel. This route is considered one of the most scenic in South Africa.
2. Shiya lo Ngubu Dam : gravel road off Bulembu road through plantations and natural forests.
1. Fortuna Mine Trail : Circular route of 2km, through 600m of mine tunnel - please bring a torch!
2. Rose's Creek Trail : A short walk through the Barberton nature reserve.
3. Barber's Trail : New 5 hour hiking trail that leads past Barber's Cottage.
A flood of diggers arrived, and a motley collection of shacks, stores and canteens sprang up. On 24 June 1884 David Wilson, mining commissioner of Kaapse Hoop, broke a bottle gin over a lump of rock to christen the town and Barberton was launched on a lively career. Many of the buildings and monuments we see today are a reminder of those wild and wonderful days.
More information on the history can be seen/obtained at the Barberton Museum/contact Alison or Lee at (013) 7124281
Barberton boasts various attractions :
1. Museum: situated in Crown Street, it includes displays ranging from geology and mining to general history. Admission is free, and the museum is open between 9am and 4pm. Contact person : Alison 712-4208
2. Old Stock Exchange facade: The facade of the first gold stock exchange in South Africa is still standing. On display at the Museum are price lists reflecting buyers, sellers and sales of shares of the many public gold mining companies formed during the gold rush. The Sheba Reef traded at R105 per share!
3. Lewis and Marks Building; Now the Head Office of Eastern Transvaal Consolidated Mines Ltd. this building, originally financed and owned by Lewis and Marks was the first double storey in the Transvaal. The Bank of Africa occupied the ground floor and the remainder of the building served as offices.
4. Guard House: Standing at the foot of Rimers Creek this wood and iron guard house was erected during the Anglo Boer War. It was manned by the Barberton home guard formed by members of the public, and J. W. Winter was the first Captain. No shot in anger was ever fired from this point. The Barberton Commando came into being during the 1914-18 war and still serves as a local defence force.
5. Old Fig Tree: It is not known how old this magnificent fig tree is, but it is reputed that President Paul Kruger addressed the miners under this tree when he visited the town in the late 1880’s to settle some of their grievances. He delighted the miners by delivering his speech in English and was later honoured by them at a special champagne dinner at the Phoenix Hotel.
6. Old Locomotive: This locomotive was in service on the railway line between Barberton and Kaapmuiden circa 1899. It was traced to near Port Elizabeth by its number from an old photograph in the Museum archives and brought back to Barberton in 1971. Under its own steam and on loose rail sections it made its way through the streets to where it stands now.
7. Jock’s Memorial: Standing in front of the municipal builings is a statue to that most indefatigable of dogs "Jock of the Bushveld", sculptured by Ivan Mitford Barberton Of Cape Town and kindly donated by Mrs Mackie Niven daughter of Sir Percy Fitz Patrick.
8. Regimental Badges: During the second World War, a large military training camp of wooden huts was sited on the northern outskirts of the town. Regiments generally spent two to three months in training here before being posted to Egypt and Abyssinia. Many of the regiments that were encamped at Barberton built their regimental badges out of stone, cement and plaster. Thanks to the local M.O.T.H. organization these have been preserved and maintained.
9. Garden of Remembrance: Sited close to the Regimental Badges at the foot of an aloe covered hill stands the Garden of Remembrance, an imposing stone memorial to persons who gave their lives in the Lowveld during the early days.
10. Fernlea House: In Lee Street. Admission is free, and the museum is open from 9:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.
11. Eureka City: When the Sheba Reef, the richest ever to be worked, was struck at Edwin Bray’s Golden Quarry, 50 000 ounces of gold were extracted from the first 11 000 tons of ore and diggers established Eureka as a residential area. Today it is a ruin but offers visitors the opportunity of a spectacular walk to the top of the mountains where it was sited.
12. Coach and Wagon Shoot (Chute): Access to the valley by mail coaches and wagons was gained by this chute still identifiable in places. On Barberton/Badplaas Road, right hand side 31 km stone, 1,7 km from gate through plantation. NB. This is private property. On reaching a junction in the road at this point you will have to leave your car to walk through the plantation towards the edge of the treeline at the top of a valley. This is the entrance to the "shoot". From the top of the Shoot to the bottom is a distance of approximately 6km. It took a severe toll on wagons and hundreds of oxen died in the process of ascent and descent Wagon wheels were chained to act as a brake and riems tied to the side, which were held on to prevent the wagon capsizing.
13. Aerial Ropeway between Barberton and Havelock Mine, Swaziland:
14. Belhaven House Museum : This house museum which has been restored and furnished to its original appearance in 1904, depicts the life of a family from the wealthy middle class during the late Victorian/early Edwardian periods. The visiting hours are advertised at the entrance.
15. Globe Tavern: Built in 1887. It has been turned into a boutique and coffee shop.
16. Lodge of St John's in the South : A magnificent neo-Gothic Masonic temple built in 1884. It is situated in Judge street.
17. Truter House: A stylish, turn-of-the-century period house, complete with Anglo Boer War fencing. It also boasts the first well in Barberton, and has a giant fig tree in the garden.
18. De Brug Ostrich Farm: Come and enjoy these magnificent birds. Guided tours are available all week long, except on Mondays. It is about 12 kilometres along the Kaapsehoop Road. For bookings and enquiries please phone 712-5265.
Hot Air Ballooning
Overnight horse trails in the Songimvelo game reserve are extremely popular. Get up close to rhino, elephant and giraffe. Other game like kudu, springbok and eland are prolific in the reserve
Quad Biking/ 4x4
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