Situated in the beautiful De Kaap Valley, nestled in the Makhonjwa Mountains, Barberton is not only renowned for its historical significance but is also known as the “Jewel of the Lowveld”. This historical town consists mainly of free standing properties and flats with a small scattering of mansions (commonly referred to by the locals as “Upper Sheba”) in between the more popular houses. Nestled in the Emjindini town, there are majority free standing houses with additional out-buildings which offer accommodation to rent for students, and generating additional income for the home owners.

Properties for sale in Barberton are priced from R650 000 through to R5 000 000 in “Upper Sheba”. The more informal area of Emjindini properties for sale range from R250 000 to R1 000 000. If you are looking for a more laid back lifestyle, property investors turn to the Greenstone Lifestyle Estate and the Aylestone Estate. These exclusive estates offers 1 hectre plots with free roaming game with the likes of zebra’s, giraffe and more. 

Explore Barberton



Barberton was founded in 1884 by the two Barber brothers, Fred and Harry, and their cousin Graham, who found a reef rich with gold called “Barber’s Reef”. It was the mining commissioner of Kaapse Hoop, David Wilson, who declared the township of Barberton. This makes Barberton older than the city of Johannesburg. The first stock exchange opened its doors and was called the De Kaap Exchange, and is now a National Monument.  Rock paintings in the mountains and caves nearby provide evidence to the earlier existence of the San Group.  Some of the oldest sedimentary rock formations on the planet, called the Barberton Greenstone Belt, are found here. First form of life on earth, a bacterial micro fossil Archaeospheroides barbertonis was also discovered here and has been identified as being 3.2 billion years old.



The Barberton Greenstone belt is distinguished in that it geologically produces the oldest gold and silver ore bodies to be commercially mined anywhere in the world, having being deposited at an estimated 3.5-billion years ago. Our hills contain the oldest and best preserved sequence of volcanic and sedentary rocks on earth. Their physical and chemical characteristics provide an unparalleled source of scientific information about early Earth. The geotrail is part of the Genesis Tourist route and a definite bucket list candidate. There is something for everyone to appreciate; from families on leisure breaks to geology students. It has a number of laybys at significant geological and view sites.



The Barberton Daisy was discovered here in 1889 by Robert Jameson. The daisy forms part of the Gerbera Jamesonii species, also known as the Gerbera or the Transvaal Daisy.  Gerbera is also commonly known as the African Daisy. The Barberton Centre of Plant Endemism has high biodiversity, second only to the Cape Fynbos. There are grassland flowers in abundance, rare proteas and cycads in the hills, pockets of indigenous forest with waterfalls and blue monkeys; and for those who look very closely, there are Crowned Eagles, Knysna Turacos and Narina Trogons.



Barberton is ideal for mountain bike and cycle racing, with several well attended events held annually. Paragliding is popular from Lone Tree Hill, with the golf course providing a convenient landing and base- station. The National Championships are held here, with the sky filling with multi-coloured ‘smileys’, circling gracefully above the mountains. A private airstrip hosts a well-attended annual Bush Pilots fly-in. If the local Swimming pool is too tame for the kids, try Tegwaan Pools in the Queens River, here the water rushes crystal clear along rocky mountain streams.

Living in Barberton

Areas near to Barberton

Belfast, Dullstroom, Hectorspruit, Komatipoort, Lydenburg (Mashishing), Malelane, Marloth Park, Middelburg, Nelspruit (Mbombela), White River, Witbank (eMalahleni),


Barberton High school is one of the 5 High schools in the area, the 2 popular private schools are Gateway Christian School and Kaleido Academy.


Barberton Medi-clinic, Barberton Hospital and the Veterinary clinic takes care of all the local residents’ medical needs.


The Jock of the Bushveld centre offers Pick n pay, Absa bank, Wimpy, Debonairs and a range of clothing shops including Mr Price, Truworths & more.


Traveling in and around Barberton is hassle-free via the various transport modes on offer through the highways, busses, or trains, all conveniently situated in close proximity to the airport. 

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius