A day at the Barberton Nature Reserve

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon when my sister and I decided to take a break from the city to get some air. This was an unplanned trip and so we really had no idea what to expect.

When driving from Nelspruit, the route was straight and flat, until we got to the infamous Hilltop. As a driver one should proceed with caution as there are several twists and turns but the views are breathtaking. It was an amazing feeling driving through one of the oldest geological features (Makhonjwa mountains).

As the twists and turns ended we drove an approximate 2 minutes further and got to the Barberton Nature Reserve. The entrance was R30 pp and R10 for the car. To our surprise we were the only visitors there at the time, and I think that was one of the things that stood out for me. I love the idea of escaping civilization and that is what I got. We parked the car at the designated parking area and started our journey. There aren’t many signs so it felt like being on an episode of survivor. Not knowing what to expect we continued our journey stopping several times to take pictures. The area was so quiet that I could hear myself think and that is what I needed.

Eventually we stopped walking and turned back because the path began to be more steep and we were not dressed appropriately. When I got home, I actually looked up the place and found that you can do unguided game drives with a 4×4 so I definitely want to go back for that, and actually continue the trail we abandoned to see what lies at the end. So if you’re looking for some peace and quiet in an undisturbed area, I would recommend Barberton Nature Reserve

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