Swellendam Hiking Trail is part of the Marloth Nature Reserve operated by Cape Nature. The reserve was named after the pioneer botanist who, together with a deputation of Swellendam residents, petitioned the Minister of Lands and Forestry in 1928 to set aside part of the mountain as a nature reserve. During 1981, the reserve was enlarged to include the rest of the State Forest and the Swellendam hiking trail was opened.

All trails and activities begin at the Marloth Nature Reserve office. Visitors can mountain bike, hike, horse ride or simply picnic.

Marloth offers various day trails, ranging from easy, short walks to more strenuous, longer hikes.

The mountain peaks of Tienuurkop (1195m) and Twaalfuurkop (1450m) are an ideal challenge for fit hikers. Breath-taking views of the entire Langeberg mountain range, the Rûensveld and even the Indian Ocean are guaranteed. Hikers are advised to carry sufficient water and be prepared for rapid climatic changes and extreme weather conditions.


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