Marloth Park is situated on the border of the world-renowned Kruger National Park and is considered a stopover point for tourists travelling to the Kruger National Park, to Mozambique or to Swaziland. Marloth Park is situated only 14 kilometres away from Crocodile Bridge gate and 35 kilometres from the Malelane gate.
It boasts four of the ‘Big Five’ with the exception of elephant which are only seen within Kruger itself, although they are often spotted quenching their thirst on the banks of the Crocodile River. Buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard are confined to Marloth's game reserve ‘Lionspruit’.
Game such as kudu, zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, nyala, impala, warthog, ostrich and others roam freely and aren't restricted by fences. These animals can be seen grazing, wandering in the veld or drinking from the Crocodile River, just metres away from the homes of Marloth Park. In fact, almost half of the town’s land area is parkland, which caters to the plants and animals of the southern part of Kruger, which have chosen this as their natural habitat.
The people of this town are particularly committed to the fauna and flora of this area, which allows Marloth Park to retain its biodiversity, making this part of Mpumalanga really special as it is both a town and a nature conservancy. The residents adhere to strict regulations regarding the natural movement of the animals and allow many of the species to cross the border of the town and Park freely with no threat.
Marloth Park is also a hotspot for bird-watchers with more than 350 avian species recorded here. These include the fish eagle, bat hawk, Bateleur eagle, black stork, black-headed oriole, brown-headed parrot, crested barbet, Damara tern, eagle owl, grey-headed gull, hawk eagle, colourful kingfisher species, lilac-breasted roller, Marabou stork, martial eagle, plum-coloured starling, Scops owl (or white-faced owl), sanderling and spoonbill. The woodlands kingfisher, Wahlberg's eagle, European roller and Diderick cuckoo are migratory birds seen between September and March.
Visitors are afforded the opportunity of a holistic bushveld experience in Marloth Park, and to be adventurous. Explore the 4x4 trails, go on a guided game drive, venture out on a bush walk, ride an elephant, go quad biking or experience the splendour of the Crocodile River and its surrounds from the heights of a microlight. There are also a number of trails for mountain biking, horse riding and hiking.
The town itself is equipped with a shopping centre, a garage, restaurant, deli, bottle store, laundry, hardware, bakery and curio shop. These include a restaurant, petrol station, liquor store, bakery, curio shop, and laundry.
- Kruger National Park
- Crocodile bridge
- Four of the Big Five wildlife (Buffalo, Rhino, Lion, Leopard)
- 4x4 trails
- Horse riding
Marloth Park was founded in 1977 and is a wildlife sanctuary and holiday town situated on the bank of the Crocodile River between Malelane and Komatipoort on the N4 national highway in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga. The name Marloth Park was derived from a German botanist, Rudolf Marloth. The Marlothii Aloe was also named after him and is found in abundance in the Lowveld.