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Monument in Barberton

Painted Stone Garden

These rocks at the entrance to town are painted in the style of 'outsider' artist Nukain Mabuza, who turned his humble labourer's accommodation on a nearby farm into a fantastic rock garden by colourfully decorating…
Historic Building in Barberton

Belhaven House

This beautifully restored prefab house, built between 1899 and 1904, shows the lifestyle of the privileged in the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras. The central corridor leads to the grand dining room and bedr…
Cafe in Barberton

Die Plaaskombuis

Its wooden deck overlooking rows of succulents in a plant nursery below, 'the farm kitchen' serves breakfasts and light lunches in one of Barberton's oldest buildings. On the menu are omelettes, fish and chips, and …
Jewellery in Barberton

Pilgrim & Crown Gallery

In the century-old iron and steel works building, Pilgrim & Crown sells a range of crafts including Umjindi's stunning silver jewellery. Umjindi's flagship range is inspired by the painted rocks of late local ar…
Mediterranean in Barberton

Papa’s

With its blue corrugated-iron facade, stoep gazing down the street and large garden courtyard, Barberton's default option for a bite attracts everyone from bikers to families. The pseudo-Mediterranean establishment …
Museum in Barberton

Barberton Museum

The town museum has interesting exhibits on local history, culture and geology, including a great black-and-white photo display of Barberton through the years, covering everything from the gold rush to the local lit…
Museum in Barberton

Barberton History and Mining Museum

In the old Transvaal Hotel (1882), this treasure trove of local history exhibits a hotchpotch of items from weaponry and greenstone samples to some fool's gold and an old R1 note bearing Jan van Riebeeck's face.
Wildlife Reserve in Barberton

Songimvelo Game Reserve

This beautiful 560-sq-km reserve sits in lowveld country south of Barberton, with high-altitude grassland areas on its eastern edge along the mountainous Swaziland border. There are no lions, but there are numerous …
Historic Building in Barberton

Stopforth House

At the top of the town, with incredible views from its wraparound stoep, this house was built in 1886 and reconstructed in 1892. It shows the life of a late Victorian middle-class family, with a tea set on the dinin…
Cafe in Barberton

Victorian Tea Garden & Restaurant

Enjoy sandwiches (R25), cakes, filter coffee and more while watching the world go by from this gazebo – an incongruous sight in Barberton's small downtown area with its frilly tablecloths. Burgers, fish and chips, s…