- Umjindi Platteland
Umjendi Rural is predominantly a Swazi area set in the magnificent surroundings of the Makhonjwa Mountains in the Mpumalanga Province. The geological structures of the Mountainland surroundings date back 4.2 billion years and the area has been a very popular tourist attraction for geologists and biologists for decades.
The area has beautiful natural scenery and plenty of exciting outdoor activities on offer such as hiking, game viewing, 4 x 4 routes, mountain bike trails and horse trails. The town of Barberton itself offers various things to do with a few Museums, an Old Steam Locomotive and even a Historical Heritage Walking tour through the town.
There are a number of choices for accommodation in the town of Barberton as well as in private lodges in the various Nature Reserves. Barberton offers accommodation such as self-catering units, guest houses, backpackers’ accommodation as well as camping and caravan sites
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Sheba Mine
- Eureka City
- Mountainlands Nature Reserve
- Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail
Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 6˚C and 21˚C.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mombela (Nelspruit). Car rental companies are available for easy access to the surrounding areas with the Umjindi area only half an hour away along the R40. Road trips from Johannesburg on the N12 and N4 will take just under 4 hours.
August – Pecan Festival: Pick your own pecans! Live music, beer garden, food stalls and plenty of kids activities. Held at the Cradle of Life in Badplaas
Umjindi is a siSwati name meaning “to be unshakeable and remain where you are no matter what”. The Sotho and the Bapedi tribes were advancing from the West to invade the town of Barberton and the Swazi King Mswati II, instructed his subjects to form a barrier and to stay put in this area so the Sotho’s do not get past their military posts. The Swazi people kept their land and the so the Local Municipality received its name.
Umjindi is historically a gold-mining area, but today the economy centres around forestry, agriculture and tourism as well.
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