Marloth Nature Reserve

Marloth Nature Reserve, Swellendam: Address, Phone Number, Marloth Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Marloth Nature Reserve
4.5
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Wildflowers, majestic mountain views, many hiking trails and rare birds and animals grace this sprawling national park.
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local287
Somerset West, South Africa35 contributions
Lovely walk
Sep 2020
It was a sunny day and we took a lovely walk along Duiwelsbos towards the waterfall. Very scenic and pretty.
Written 13 September 2020
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KHE
Pretoria, South Africa17 contributions
Nature lovers paradise
Aug 2020 • Couples
Beautiful well kept day hikes for hikers of all levels of fitness. Koloniesbos trail through indigenous forests is a must!
Written 18 August 2020
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marlenesmit568
Cape Town, South Africa2 contributions
Hiking trails.
Aug 2020 • Couples
We hiked up to the waterfall and it was honestly magical. The best hike I have been on. You feel lost in nature and that is just perfect.
Written 16 August 2020
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Ashley Kain
Cape Town Central, South Africa7 contributions
Exquisite views
Jun 2020
Lovely 12km walk, pretty easy and filled with beautiful views around every corner. Lots of bird watching opportunities as well
Written 18 June 2020
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Mike S
St Albans, UK266 contributions
Needs to be seen
Mar 2020
This place is stunning. Having seen so many barren but beautiful mountainous landscapes this one really took me by surprise due to the greenness and Fynbos that covers the slopes. Well marked routes make walking the trails easy. One point to make clear though, respect the mountain and take a hat and plenty of water.
Written 25 March 2020
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Serena S
The Hague, The Netherlands3 contributions
Waterfall
Feb 2020 • Family
Beautiful hike to the waterfall. Quite challenging at times with a almost 2 year old on your back. Definitely worth the effort though!
Written 5 March 2020
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craigfoot01
Cape Town Central, South Africa11 contributions
Great getaway
Feb 2020 • Family
Close enough to the beautiful mountains to feel like you are miles away from everything, but the town of Swellendam is just a short drive away.
Facilities have all you need for self catering and the hikes and MTB’ing are just stunning
Written 29 February 2020
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65alan161
Stamford, United Kingdom4 contributions
Cycling
Jan 2020 • Solo
Having run here for many years, this was my first trip when I cycled. Great trails, fabulous views, in the midst on a national park.
Written 7 January 2020
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Magriet11
Cape Town, South Africa155 contributions
Beautiful surroundings and wonderful hikes
Oct 2019
We spent three nights in the Marloth Reserve, staying in Bushbuck cottage. This is truly a most beautiful place and very easily accessible as it is right on Swellendam's doorstep - in fact within walking distance of the town. Despite its close proximity to town, it feels quite far away and really peaceful.
There are a number of different hiking trails which range from quite easy to really quite tough. All are well maintained and marked which makes hiking a pleasure. The Duiwelsbos and Koloniebos forest walks are particularly nice on a hot day and wind through indigenous forest with water always nearby,
The walks which go higher - Die plaat and the peaks - are tougher and could be rather taxing especially when it is hot with no wind!
Bushbuck cottage is well equlpped but situated a bit unfortunately in that there is an outbuilding that blocks the view from the house to the mountains quite significantly, However, sitting outside allows one to enjoy the view - weather permitting. The cottage was clean but a few things like very tired sofas and an oven that did not work could be attended to more effectively. It is one of only two cottages in the reserve in which to stay if you want to be in the reserve. Alternatively there are lots of options in Swellendam and the easy access makes this a good alternative. We will definitely go back for more hiking!
One other thing to remember is that the highest rainfall months are apparently October and November and it sometimes snows on the peaks in winter - so choose your time carefully!
Written 2 November 2019
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Jal R
5 contributions
Trail running heaven, a must do!
Sep 2019
I stayed over for one night in Swellendam specifically to do a trail run in the Marloth reserve.

Staff were very friendly and helpful. Very concerned that I was doing a run by myself, they are very safety conscious, kudos to them. The map you receive will show you all the day trails, link them up/mix them up, do as many as you like. I paid the previous afternoon and was there early the next day and spent 4 hours having a great time in the mountains

Cape nature have done a great job with the maintenance of the trails and associated signage. Top class reserve management, a must do if you are into hiking or trail running.
Written 11 September 2019
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