The Marloth Nature Reserve near Swellendam is the ideal location for a South African remake of the July Andrews classic “Sound of Music”, because mountains and this nature reserve are synonymous.

The Marloth Nature Reserve, which is managed by Cape Nature Conservation, lies 3km from the historic town of Swellendam, about three hours drive from Cape Town on the N2.

The scenic splendour of Marloth offers fynbos-clad mountains, patches of indigenous forests and vistas.

The reserve boasts 7 day trails, all varying in difficulty, length and landscape. Let your imagination run rife and compose a tune or two during your day outings to consider the various possibilities on where the trails’ names come from.

Tienuurkop and Twaalfuurkop are two separate and quite steep trails that lead up to two fynbos-clad mountain peaks, from where you will have a real birds’ eye view on Swellendam and the surrounding Overberg farmlands.

The rambles along to Doktersbos, Hermitage and Duiwelsbos lead through fynbos veld and patches of indigenous forests, where yellowwood, stinkwood and white alder stand tall.

The highlight of the easy Flower Route is a stretch of 2,5km that leads through rich protea and erica stands, that are very colourful in flower season.

Marloth, however, is probably best known as the home of the six-day Swellendam Hiking Trail, one of the most strenuous multi-day hikes offered in the Western Cape.

Shorter routes are also possible. Small animals, mountain fynbos, patches of afromontane forest and birds will be on show as you wind your way along the Langeberg mountains.

The reserve isn’t only an exclusive hiking spot. Although there is no fixed cycle trail at Marloth, there are a number of jeep tracks for mountain bikers to explore around the base of the mountain, both within the reserve and adjoining private plantations. The tracks vary in length and severity.

October to March is the best time to visit the reserve. Entry (during daylight hours) is by permit, available on weekdays from the office at the entrance between 8 a.m and 4 p.m.
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  • Marloth Nature Reserve
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Impangele

Impangele

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Your hosts will warmly welcome you to Impangele, their beautiful home in Swellendam, third oldest town in South Africa. Their attention to detail and thoughtful efforts ensure enjoyment of your stay in this beautiful town



Karoo Pride En Route 62

Karoo Pride En Route 62

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Nestling between the Majestic Langeberg Mountains and rugged Karoo koppies, a fruit farm offering 7 fully equipped cottages, either self catering or bed and breakfast.



A Hilltop Country Retreat

A Hilltop Country Retreat

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Located at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, yet close to town centre, you get the best of both worlds, 360º views and no traffic. Luxury self-catering rooms available with DSTV.



Wildebraam Berry Estate

Wildebraam Berry Estate

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Wildebraam offers several lovely farm units on a youngberry farm in Swellendam. Nestled in the Hermitage Valley, 2 km from Swellendam, all the units enjoy stunning views of the Langeberg Mountains and guests will revel in the tranquil country atmosphere.



De Kloof Luxury Estate

De Kloof Luxury Estate

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5 star luxury boutique hotel-jewel of Swellendam-where history meets trends on tranquil estate- ideally located halfway between Cape Town & the garden route. Part of Route 62 wine region