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Marloth Nature Reserve

  • 4.6

  • from 260 Google reviews

A view of a mountain
A view of a mountain

About the garden

Marloth Nature Reserve is hidden away in the imposing Swellendam Mountains, between Swellendam, Ashton, Barrydale and Suurbraak. Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa and has many interesting cultural-historic features. The peaceful reserve, which is 14 123 hectares in size, is managed together with 16 532 hectares of privately owned land, and is a World Heritage Site.

Marloth Nature Reserve is named after the pioneer botanist who, together with a deputation of Swellendam residents, petitioned the Minister of Lands and Forestry in 1928 to set aside part of the mountain as a nature reserve. During 1981, the reserve was enlarged to include the rest of the State Forest and the Swellendam hiking trail was opened.

The reserve’s vegetation is predominantly mountain fynbos, with patches of forest. There are several species of protea and more than 25 species of erica, most of which flower in November. Marloth, like the rest of the southern Cape, has hot summers and cold winters. The higher mountain peaks are occasionally dusted in snow during the cold winter months.

Opening times

Office Hours | 07h00 to 16h00

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site




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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 260 Google reviews

Zonita Spanneberg

4 months ago


This place is magical, little piece of nature heaven. Easy hike for moderately fit person and kids. For a female if you weigh over 90 this will be challenging when you get closer to the top only otherwise with support from a stick and loving friends and partner you'll make it just fine. Just being honest. Worth every minute. Breathe taking.

Shabeer Parker

4 months ago


Did the Duiwelsbos hike up to the waterfall. Great hike. Steep at places but manageable. Lovely day out.

James Cox

a month ago


Awesome nature reserve. Lots of hikes and good information at the office

Johann Rudolph

4 months ago


Spent a week at the Suikerbekkie cottage and hiked the scenic mountains, truly a hidden gem. Definitely worth a visit.

Lisa van reenen

6 months ago


So well organized! Such nice people. Definitely one for the bucket list. On last day flash floods made it impossible to continue hike . Rangers rescued us promptly and got us to safety. Super impressed. Will be back

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+27 (0)28 514 1410

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