Barberton trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
day by day itinerary for free
Barberton is a town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, which has its origin in the 1880s gold rush in the region. It is situated in the De Kaap Valley and is fringed by the Makhonjwa Mountains. It is south of Nelspruit and east of Johannesburg.HistoryPrehistoricThe mountains around Barberton are amongst the oldest in the world, dating back 3.5 billion years, and these mountains include some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet. These volcanic rocks, which scientists call the Barberton Greenstone Belt, have given direct evidence of the conditions of life on the surface of the very early earth.In the satellite image, the bare rocks of mountain peaks appear as a pale gray-green, accentuated by the sharp relief of sunlit slopes and their shadows. Deeper shades of green indicate vegetation, including some vegetation on the lower slopes. In the mountain valleys, bright green areas suggest well-watered grassy areas and crops. Deeper green areas are probably forests. The series of bright green circles north of the town of Barberton result from centre-pivot irrigation systems. The area north and west of Barberton appears slightly pale and fuzzy compared to the rest of this image, probably the result of low-lying haze.The first form of life on earth, a bacterial micro fossil Archaeosphaeroides barbertonensis was discovered here in 1967 and has been identified as being 3.1 billion years old.GoldIn 1881 gold in the Barberton area was discovered by Tom McLachlan who found alluvial gold at Jamestown. However, due to the location (the hot lowveld region was rife with malaria) no-one wanted to go there until Auguste Roberts ("French Bob") discovered gold in Concession Creek on 20 June 1883. This discovery resulted in a gold rush to the area.Plan the details of your Barberton holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use South Africa online holiday planner.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Barberton
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top tours near Barberton
Popular things to do in Barberton
Places to visit with Barberton
NelspruitTrip planner BEST FOR: National Park, Cave, Safari HazyviewTrip planner BEST FOR: Nature / Park, Zipline, Safari GraskopTrip planner BEST FOR: Scenic Drive, Landmark, Geologic Formation MoremelaTrip planner BEST FOR: Geologic Formation SabieTrip planner BEST FOR: Waterfall, Outdoor Activity, Landmark
Recently planned trips to Barberton
10 days in Mpumalanga BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Dullstroom Barberton Malelane 4 days in Barberton BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Barberton History & Mining Museum Barberton Museum Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail 29 days in Barberton BY A USER FROM MEXICO Barberton History & Mining Museum Safaris Nature & Wildlife Tours 1 day in Barberton BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Barberton History & Mining Museum Barberton Museum Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail 5 days in Barberton BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Barberton History & Mining Museum Safaris Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail 10 days in Mpumalanga BY A USER FROM BELGIUM Hazyview Marloth Park Barberton