Marloth Park from the Kruger
|• Total||17.50 km2 (6.76 sq mi)|
|• Density||57/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||30.8%|
|First languages (2011)|
On the bank of the Crocodile River between Malelane and Komatipoort on the N4 national highway, Marloth Park is a wildlife sanctuary and holiday town. It boasts four of the “Big Five” with the exception of elephant. Buffalo, rhino and lion are confined to Marloth's game reserve "Hectorspruit"; the rest of the game such as kudu, zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, nyala, impala, warthog, ostrich and others aren't restricted by fences and roam freely between the units that are built on 3000 ha.
On the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park, Crocodile Bridge gate is 14km and Malelane gate 35km from Marloth Park.
The name Marloth Park derives from a German botanist, Rudolf Marloth. The Aloe marlothii was named after him. This plant is found abundantly in the lowveld. Marloth Park was founded in 1977.
Marloth Park is managed by the Nkomazi municipality.
Marloth Park is a unique project. It opened in 1972 as a holiday township. A large part of the park remained natural. There are no fences. The gardens remain in their original state. Marloth Park is separated by a fence and by the Crocodile River from Kruger Park. Within the park, there are giraffes, wildebeest, kudu, zebra, impala, bushbuck, warthog, baboon, vervet monkeys and other small game and a rich bird life. Meanwhile, the infrastructure of the natural park is very well developed.
Inside Marloth Park (3000 hectares), the freedom of movement is remarkable. Tourists can ride a bicycle or go for a walk on their own through the African bush. Movement is not confined to the hotels. While walking along the Crocodile River, visitors can watch spectacular wildlife scenes in the adjacent Kruger National Park. Local restaurants and shops are easily accessible.
Marloth Park features a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and warm summers.
Media related to Marloth Park at Wikimedia Commons
- Marloth Park safaris site[dead link]
- Marloth Park honorary rangers site
- Marloth Park Conservancy site
- Marloth Park Weather Site