We welcome you to Kruger Cottage
, a charming thatch-roofed house in a unique area of the earth. The cottage is located in Marloth Park, a buffer zone nestled up to the south edge of the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier game reserve.
Marloth Park is secured by boom gates 24 hours a day, and the cottage is protected by Field Security.
Nature-watching opportunities abound:
Marloth Park is a tranquil, fenceless community that allows game animals to run free amongst the houses which are nestled in the natural vegetation. Located in Mpumalanga Province, Marloth Park is bordered by Kruger on the north, east and west sides, separated only by the Crocodile River and the Kruger boundary fence. It is considered a nature conservancy (no domestic animals allowed) and operates its own private game reserve for guests to enjoy.
The intruiging, life-bearing Crocodile river is a short 150 metre walk from Kruger Cottage, where an extensive walking path situated next to the Kruger southern boundary fence allows you an elevated view of all the wildlife that gathers at the water. Take a morning walk or drive with coffee cup in hand, bring your camera and binoculars and even a folding chair and be ready to see an amazing variety of birdlife, as well as an abundance of larger animals: hippos, wildebeest, crocodiles, warthog and perhaps even rhinos, elephants or lions.
From Kruger Cottage, you can venture into Kruger Park through one of two gates (Malelane or Crocodile), both gates an easy drive of approximately 35 km. Drive in using your own vehicle, or choose a locally guided tour option.
Explore neighbouring countries:
If you are looking for variety, Marloth Park is a great base from which to explore Swaziland and Mozambique. Its close proximity to these neighbouring countries (the Swaziland border is about 80 km away, and the Mozambique border even less) allows you to take easy day trips into Swaziland or to the beautiful, warm, unspoilt beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. Do not forget to bring your swim suit and snorkel gear.
Accommodation at Kruger Cottage:
Our Kruger Cottage is a private, self-catering house that comfortably sleeps 6-8. Linens and bath towels are provided. Guests are asked to please provide their own swimming towels.
An open floor plan and vaulted thatch roof form a comfortable common area that connects to a large covered veranda, where a splash pool and braai (outdoor barbeque) awaits. This unique house started as a traditional rondavel (circular house), which now constitutes the two smaller guest bedrooms and shared bathroom. Beautifully crafted additions form a fully functioning kitchen which shares a vaulted ceiling with the dining area and living room. The master bedroom has a private (en-suite) bathroom. The other two bedrooms each have 2 single beds and private en-suite bathrooms. Cooling tiled floors throughout lead you to the veranda and pool where you can listen to the sounds of the hippos grunting in the river, the hooting of the owls and other wildlife as you enjoy the evening from the comfort of Kruger Cottage.
Expect to see an abundance of wildlife at closer range than you thought possible. Watch enthralled as zebras, giraffes, monkeys, baboons, warthogs, bush babies, impala and kudu walk right through your back yard. Rest assured, however, that the dangerous carnivores such as lion, hyeana and leopards as well as elephant, are not present around the houses.
A local shop provides the basic essentials and if you wish to eat at a local restaurant, there are two lodges from which to choose. Kruger Cottage offers competitive rates. Standard deposit, breakage fees, and linen laundering fees apply. The house is professionally cleaned once a week, but other arrangements may be made. Transportation Marloth Park is located east of Nelspruit, between Hectorspruit and Komatipoort. Drive time from Johannesburg Airport is approximately 5 hours. Shuttle service is available from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Nelspruit. Car rental service is available in Nelspruit and near Malelane.
The main bedroom has a double bed, with a corner soaker bathtub with seat and handheld shower. The toilet and hand basin are in a separate, adjacent room. This is a large bedroom with loads of cupboard space.
The other two rooms each have two single beds and their own private bathrooms. One of these may be combined into a queen-sized bed upon request, in advance of arrival. One bathroom has a walk-in shower, and the other has a shower over tub combination.
The kitchen has a large fridge/freezer, four-plate electric stove, microwave and toaster. A two-plate gas stove is provided in the event of power outtage. There is crockery and cutlery for 8 people, along with a variety of pots, pans, and serving dishes.
Flat screen television with full DSTV bouquet of channels. There are mosquito nets on all windows. Industrial fans in all rooms plus extra fans.
Kruger Cottage Activities:
- Bird/animal watching
- Game viewing whilst sitting under the covered verandah. Lovely walks along the Kruger National Park boundary fence which is 150m from the house. You overlook the Crocodile River and watch the game coming to the river. There is a lookout point where one can relax and heave a drink or an early morning cup of coffee. You may also visit Marloth Park's own game park, Lionspruit.
- Quad biking
- Scenic drives
- Visit neighbouring countries (Swaziland and Mozambique)
- Tiger fishing near Komatipoort
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Clothing & Accessories:
It is hot in Marloth Park in the summer months so cool clothing would be advisable. Bring swimming suits and cool off in the splash pool. The winters are very mild. Bring mosquito repellent, sunscreen lotion, swimming towels.
Health & Climate:
The summer months are extremely hot and the winter months are mild. This is a malaria region, so come prepared with your choice of preventative measures.