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Marloth Nature Reserve

#3 of 21 things to do in Swellendam Features Animals
Swellendam, South Africa
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Waterfall Walk

The walk to the waterfall is covered and not too hard, some climbing "steps" on a set out path... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2017
Danel N
Stunning walks - just choose carefully!

Last time we stayed in Swellendam we onoy had one night and a two year old, so hiking was not an... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2016
London UK
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Wildflowers, majestic mountain views, many hiking trails and rare birds and animals grace this sprawling national park.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good47%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“lovely walk” (6 reviews)
“steep climb” (4 reviews)
Swellendam, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

The walk to the waterfall is covered and not too hard, some climbing "steps" on a set out path. Make sure to go to the toilet at the main gate before starting this adventure.

Thank Danel N
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Last time we stayed in Swellendam we onoy had one night and a two year old, so hiking was not an option and something we wanted to include on this two night stay. The nature reserve offers incredible scenery but there must have been a...More

Thank Hoocha
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The hike through the shadows of the wood up the slope of the mountain to the Duiwelbos Waterfall was moderately exhausting - just as it should be on a hot day when you hike with young kids. Unfortunately the water pond at the waterfall does...More

Thank telebek
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This hike was a wonderful thing to do. It was a bit harder than I imagined as I am 7 months pregnant but still totally do-able. The hike is in the shade next to the river so it was peaceful and beautiful. They do not...More

Thank mothercityhiker
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Maps and signage are an issue at this reserve and need to be improved. The reserve has large areas of pine forest which you drive through, not the most attractive of vistas. The climb to the waterful is not for the unfit. There are so...More

Thank tonyfrasercross
Reviewed 16 September 2016

The hikes to the waterfalls are a must for nature lovers. It was steep, but fairly easy going. The natural beauty of the river and flora were amazing!

Thank Willow424
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We took the East Plata hike which was a lovely circle hike up the mountain and around two large ravines. Was intermediate in difficulty although the first 40 minutes was a steep assent. Once on the top was a very nice trail with stunning views....More

Thank Patrik D
Reviewed 26 July 2016

In summer a hike here is hot in the open, cool in the many shaded areas. If you really want to experience all the mountain and magnificent hikes on well maintained paths, go in winter. Do not miss out on the easy walk to the...More

2  Thank Stefan O
Reviewed 29 May 2016

This is a delightful but underused nature trail which is well worth a visit and all set against a backdrop of wonderful views across the hills forming a backdrop to the whole area - have a look - there's just no downside !

Thank Steve T
Reviewed 21 May 2016

Enjoyed stunning 3 hour hike with my daughter, felt very safe walking alone and the rim flow pool half way along the hike was the highlight of the walk...easy walk, great for families.

1  Thank Vanessa W
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15 June 2017|
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Response from Agustina T | Reviewed this property |
It should be safe to walk from Swellendam to the main gate of the park. There you will get the information you need and suggestions on how to proceed. You are safe as long as you follow their advice. Have a lovely time!

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