Barberton is a friendly, walkable little town with quiet, leafy streets set against a striking backdrop of green and purple mountains. It has a wonderful feel, thanks to its well-preserved historical buildings, the laid-back nonchalance of its inhabitants and its compact centre. The rustic town makes an excellent stop-off en route to Swaziland, Kruger or Mozambique.
Dating back to the gold-rush days, Barberton boomed in the late 19th century and was home to South Africa’s first stock exchange. On top of such claims to fame, the fascinating spot's geological significance, rich flora, and sights and activities mixing history, culture and adventure could keep you here for a couple of days.