Marloth Park is a wildlife park located on the Kruger National Park’s southern border. It’s around 390 kilometres from Pretoria. Except for elephants, Marloth Park has its own fauna and features four of the big five. However, because the Crocodile River marks the border between Marloth Park and the Kruger National Park, elephants are likely to be spotted playing in the river.
The Kruger National Park has two entrance gates located between Malelane and Komatipoort. The Malelane Gate is 35 kilometres away while the Crocodile Bridge Gate is 14 kilometres away. Buffalo, rhino, and lions are restricted to Marloth’s “Lions Spruit” game reserve, whilst the remainder of the animals, including kudu, zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, nyala, impala, warthog, and many others, are not confined by fences and move freely between the 1500-hectare property
With dangerous animals restricted, safari-goers may take a walk along the river or go for a mountain bike ride on the many dirt roads. It’s also a birder’s heaven.
Four of the Big Five, including the lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino, can be found in Marloth Park. Elephants, on the other hand, are exclusively observed within Kruger National Park, where they may frequently be seen quenching their thirst on the banks of the Crocodile River. Various antelope species, giraffe, zebra, and ostrich are among the other animals to look out for.
This is also a popular destination for birdwatchers. More than 350 bird species have been identified in this area. Bird species include fish eagles, bat hawks, sanderlings, grey-headed gulls, Damara terns, hawk-eagles, plum-coloured starlings, lilac-breasted rollers, black storks, and Bateleur eagles. It is recommended to visit Marloth Park between September and March if you want to observe these.
Marloth Park is a year-round destination, with different highlights for each season. The dry winter months are ideal for game viewing, while the wet summer months bring full waterholes, lush bushveld, a plethora of newborn species, and the arrival of summer migrant birds.
Safari-goers visiting Marloth Park can expect a variety of outdoor recreation options. From bush breakfasts and game drives in Marloth to night drives, tiger fishing, and mountain biking. There is plenty to do for those with a sense of adventure, and guided game walks are highly recommended to get up close and personal with the African bush. Those with a keen interest in golf can even organize a game in the Kruger National Park.
Lion sightings have been reported on occasion, and elephants frequently visit the Crocodile River, which forms the Kruger National Park's perimeter. The hungry will be catered to by a range of eateries, while the self-catering guests can enjoy two shops on the property.
For many, Marloth Park is the epitome of the South African bushveld. It is both a town and a wildlife preserve, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts or those who wish to truly appreciate the untamed beauty of Africa without being hampered by development, urbanization, or even fences. There are many accommodation options for those wanting to visit—from self-catering chalets and caravan parks to game lodges and backpackers.
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