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Marloth Nature Reserve

Tourist attraction Nature preserve

Mountainous nature reserve with a range of hiking & biking trails, overnight huts & picnic areas. People often mention trail, Duiwelsbos, hike, waterfall, trails, start, Koloniesbos, beautiful,


Swellendam, 6740, South Africa



+27 28 514 1410

Rating on Google Maps

4.50 (317 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Wednesday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
  • Friday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
  • Monday: (Christmas Day), 7:30 am to 4 pm, Hours might differ
  • Tuesday: (Boxing Day), 7:30 am to 4 pm, Hours might differ

Featured Reviews

Frequently mentioned in reviews: trail (14) Duiwelsbos (12) hike (8) waterfall (7) trails (7) start (6) Koloniesbos (6) beautiful (6)
Reviews are sorted by relevance, prioritizing the most helpful and insightful feedback at the top for easier reference.
  • 5/5 Jacques C. 2 years ago on Google
    The trail doesn’t start at the gate, merely where you pick up your permit. Duiwelsbos starts about 3km further but it is a nice gravel road through the pine forest. The start of Duiwelsbos itself is clearly marked with parking close by. The trail starts very easy until you reach the first pool, then it starts to rise and slowly grow steeper. Maybe it was because it was a hot day but it was also very humid underneath the tree canopy. Overall not a difficult trail because the trail is very well kept, but because it gets steeper the closer you get to the waterfall, be careful if you have bad knees.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Kobus van der M. 1 year ago on Google
    The Activity: Duiwelsbos and Koloniesbos trail hikes R50 pp. Please note, they only accept cash. Loads of trails available in a beautiful area. We went in the afternoon and due to a lack of time, we only walked the Duiwelsbos and Koloniesbos trails. Gates close at 4pm, though the lady said they will keep the gates open after 4 if needs be. We left at 16:30 and the gate was still open for us. Duiwelsbos is out and back and Koloniesbos is a loop. If you plan on doing both (their starting points are in the same parking area), do the Koloniesbos loop first, since Duiwelsbos is much prettier. Duiwelsbos: Gorgeous streams, ferns and plectranthus everywhere. The trail is well marked. Wild and prehistoric looking. The waterfall has 2 tiers. The second fall is quite a bit higher up. There is a lovely rock pool at the base of the Duiwelsbos waterfall. It was the coldest water I’ve ever entered. The trail is quite steep Koloniesbos has everything Duiwelsbos has, but to a lesser degree. Koloniesbos is a loop though, so for the greatest part of the trail you’re exploring something new. Duiwelsbos is out and back, so you get to see everything twice at different angles
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Arno K. 7 months ago on Google
    Beautiful and difficult hike but worth it. Dont underestimate the first day. Quite a bit of climbing so start early. First day's waterfall is not worth the extrat 2 km. The only downside is on the first and second day you can still hear the farms day to day runnings if you start on a week day. Its a bit annoying. Nature reservations staff is friendly and helpful. They also updated the map distances to reflect accurately. There route markers are a bit inaccurate if you start your GPS from the start point. Enjoy!!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Zonita S. 2 years ago on Google
    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.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 L L. 1 year ago on Google
    It is awesome to be in nature and walking in the mountains, but the trails is not well maintained and is quite hazardous in some places. Please be well prepared and with other walkers to help and assist where necessary
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Louise M. 2 years ago on Google
    Went on the Duiwelsbos trial towards the waterfalls. Had to give up towards the end as it became to steep for me, but hubby and the 2 teenagers continued up to the waterfall. What a spectacular walk.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Nisha D. 3 years ago on Google
    Such a beautiful nature reserve. There are many day hiking trails, some that cross waterfalls. We did the 5 day trail, staying in huts along the route. It's a total of 58km and is absolutely breathtaking. The views are spectacular. Definitely recommend it if you're fit enough for it.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Liann K. 1 year ago on Google
    Bosbou Dam is a hidden gem of Swellendam. It's free, pet friendly and beautiful. Prefect for an afternoon laze or post work swim. An afternoon favourite for my family. Short circuit walk around the dams is very doable, not strenuous at all
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Maria T. 1 year ago on Google
    Helpful staff, very scenic, lots of day trails, from moderate to strenuous. The 5 day hike is for the experienced and fit hiker, very technical hike
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Freda G. 1 year ago on Google
    Well kept reserve with clearly marked pathways and various trails. Absolutely beautiful!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Amelia B. 2 years ago on Google
    Beautiful walking trail. Walked the Duiwelsbos trail. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It was shaded and cool.

  • 3/5 Jasmine W. 3 years ago on Google
    Lovely place to hike with great views. Stunning lush forest walk with a clear path and markers. Not pet friendly and no dogs allowed. Wish the staff would have told me that the waterfall was not a waterfall or worth the hike in low water season. Went up all the way and there was no water!

  • 5/5 Werner D. 3 years ago on Google
    Absolutely beautiful place to stay and hike. Did the 5 day Swellendam trail. The trail is well maintained and clearly marked. From the first house we stayed in, everthing was well appointed and amazing. The huts on the trail itself is very functional and clean. Staff is very friendly, helpful and open to suggestions. This reserve will see me again.

  • 5/5 emma s. 1 year ago on Google
    Amazing but quite challenging hikes to beautiful waterfalls and rock pools where you can swim and enjoy the views.

  • 5/5 Neil M. 11 months ago on Google
    Beautiful hiking routes. It's simply amazing and worth the hike. Would highly recommend.

  • 3/5 Nür 8 months ago on Google
    I recently had the pleasure of visiting Marloth Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, and I must say, it is an absolute natural gem. If you're looking for a serene and breathtaking escape, this Hike is a must-visit destination. The reserve's location in the Western Cape ensures a stunning backdrop of rugged mountains and lush greenery. The untouched natural landscapes create a sense of tranquility and provide a perfect setting for exploration. The wildlife encounters in Marloth Nature Reserve were nothing short of incredible. The melodic calls and vibrant plumage of the birds added an extra layer of enchantment to my experience in the forest. The trails are well-marked and maintained, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors. The accommodation options in Marloth Nature Reserve were top-notch.

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  • Pets
    • ✓️ Dogs allowed
  • Activities
    • ✓️ Hiking


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