Marloth Nature Reserve Office, Road to Marloth Nature Reserve, Swellendam Ward 1, Swellendam Local Municipality, Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape, 6470, South Africa
The Marloth Mountain Nature Reserve is one of the most unspoilt reserves in the country. It is also arguably one of the most unheralded. Hidden away in the imposing Swellendam Mountains, Marloth is a gem of a reserve with some of the best hikes in the country, including the six-day Swellendam Trail, which is a must for serious hikers.
Marloth Reserve has a number of fantastic mountain bike trails to explore, from easy to more advance trails. The routes are limited to the plantation gravel roads and the reservation office can provide more details ahead of your trip.
Offering a variety of trails for runners, hikers and walkers, Marloth is a joy for lovers of the outdoors. The trails lead into the indigenous forests, with cool pools and hidden waterefalls lying in wait. The routes can be quite taxing, with some steep climbs, and moderate fitness is required.
There are various trails available for horse riding with private operators in the area that provide horses and guided trails. More information is available at the reservation office.
Marloth is an absolute haven for bird watchers, with more than 114 species found in the reserves, including the African fish eagle, black eagle, wood owl, red-winged francolin, tambourine dove, four different species of woodpecker, and the Cape vulture.
There are two self-catering options available at the reserve – Suikerbekkie Cottage and Bushbuck Cottage, Both have fully-equippeed kitchens and braai facilities. No animals allowed.