Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Marloth Nature Reserve
Lying just three kilometres from the pretty little town of Swellendam, the Marloth Nature Reserve conserves the central Langeberg Mountains that lie between the towns of Swellendam, Ashton, Barrydale and Suurbraak.
The Marloth Nature reserve includes what residents of Swellendam call the Clock Peaks - they apparently use the shadows cast by these mountains to tell the time of day.
Marloth, one of three nature reserves surrounding Swellendam, lies right next door to the Swellendam State Forest. It’s regarded as a botanist’s dream for the incredible variety and abundance of wild flowers and fynbos, and there are no fewer than seven day trails, including rather steep trails up the Clock Peaks - known as Tienuurkop (10 o’clock peak) and Twaalfuurkop (12 o’clock peak) respectively - well worth it for the views.
If you’re after a more sedate pace then try the rambles to Doktersbos, Hermitage and Duiwelsbos through fynbos and patches of indigenous forest.
However the reserve is not all about energetic hiking. There are a number of jeep tracks that mountain bikers can use, and one can spot numerous animals in the reserve from little antelope to baboons, leopards, caracals, mongoose, dassies and hares. A rich birdlife also grants one access to the black eagle, wood owl, redwinged francolin, woodpeckers and the Cape vulture.
The little town of Swellendam is worth a stopover, not only because it is the third oldest place of European settlement in South Africa, but because it offers numerous restaurants and pubs that serve as ‘watering holes’ for avid hikers or bikers in search of rejuvenation.
Popular Activities in or near Marloth Nature Reserve
Swellendam Hiking Trail
The Swellendam Hiking Trail, situated in the Langeberg, starts at the forestry station, 3km outside of the Swellendam town, and is of the few trails that many hikers are yet to conquer. Said to be the ‘must’ on any hikers bucket list, the hiking...
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Horse Trails With Two Feathers
Join Two Feathers Horse trails for an exhilarating tour of the Swellendam forests, rivers and mountains on horseback. You don’t need to be an experienced rider to join in and if it is your very first time, there are lessons available if you...
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