Activities in and around Marloth Park
Activities – With so many beautiful places right at your doorstep, one is spoilt for choice. Whether it is a day out in the Kruger or exploring the surrounding area, or just relaxing right at home and soak up the sun and let your endorphins go in overdrive.
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy” –Ernest Hemingway
For sunset drives or night drives in the Kruger National Park, please book by either calling the following numbers or by booking it directly with the office at the Crocodile Bridge Gate.
Sunset Drives depart at 4pm from the Crocodile Bridge Gate–3 Hour drive
Night Drives depart at 8pm from the Crocodile Bridge Gate–2 Hour drive
Activities near Marloth Park
Activities – The beauty of Mpumalanga, the place where the sun rises, is not easily surpassed, and the access visitors have to incredible scenery, mountain landscape, sweeping rivers, waterfalls, misty valleys and the lowveld’s myriad game parks make the north-eastern province a popular choice. Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third largest canyon, is just one of the highlights, which also include Sudwala Caves, Bourkes Luck Potholes, the southern Kruger Park, the Berlin Falls, God’s Window and the Three Rondawels. Add to this list the quaint villages of Pilgrim’s Rest and Barberton, Sabie and the Songimvelo Game Reserve, and its allure is easily understood.
Tucked away in the most ancient corner of our land, hard against South Africa’s border with the kingdom of Swaziland, lies a hidden and spectacularly scenic wilderness of immense geological importance. The Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga are not well known by their original name, maybe that’s because Swazi folklore has it, that pointing at them brings bad luck. Well, things are about to change! A major drive for international recognition, started many years ago, is finally bearing fruit. The Barberton Makhonjwa mountains of the Barberton Greenstone Belt are now on the tentative list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site programme. The geotrail uses richly-illustrated panels that draw aside the curtains of arcane geological communication, and reveal the significance of the Barberton Greenstone Belt in every-day language and concepts. This geotrail is a bucketlist candidate, and something for everyone from families on leisure breaks to geology students to enjoy. The Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail takes you on a journey into the mists of an impossibly distant past –– more than 3 billion years ago.
Welcome to our time machine
Greenstone Belts occur as belts of deformed volcanic and sedimentary strata and get their name from the presence of green minerals (Actinolite,
amphiboles,Chromium muscovite “fuchsite”, epidote, green chlorite and serpentine)
These ancient rocks are among the oldest in the World.
The Barberton Greenstone belt is one of the oldest and best exposed Archaean greenstone belts on Earth and is almost 3.5 billion years old.
The small and beautiful “Makhonjwa Mountain Range”close to Barberton, where gold and asbestos deposits occur, stretches from Jeppe’s Reef to Oshoek and from Shiyalongubo Dam to Queen’s river.It is known world wide in geological circles as a treasure house of other significant geological phenomenae.
This range is also referred to as the ‘Genesis of Life’,because it’s geology includes the best preserved ancient Achaean rocks on earth.
These ancient rocks are 3.5 billion years old and they are so well preserved that their fossils accurately record the earliest life forms on the planet, as well as evidence of the first massive meteorite impact on record, possibly related to the formation of our moon.
If you were able to travel back in time to visit Earth during the Archaean period you would not recognize it as the same planet we inhabit today. The atmosphere was very different from today it most probably consisted of methane, ammonia, and other gases which would be toxic to most life on earth today.
It was during this time, that the Earth’s crust cooled enough in order for rocks and continental plates to begin forming. The first forms of life appeared on Earth during the early Archaean period.
The periods can roughly be divided as follows:-
Early Archaean 3.9 – 3.3. billion years ago; Mid Archaean 3.3 – 2.9 billion years ago; Late Archaean 2.9 – 2.5 billion years ago The oldest known fossils date back to about 3.5 billion years ago, and consist of bacteria microfossils. All life during the Archaean period was bacterial.
Stromatolites, were colonies of photosynthetic bacteria which today have been found as fossils in the early Archaean rocks of Barberton.
Stromatolites were common during the late Archaean age.
Gold was discovered here over 120 years ago, and these gold deposits are the oldest recognized gold ores on Earth. It was the site of one of the milestones of the industrial development of South Africa. Some of these mines are still producing gold which makes them the oldest gold mines in the world.
For years Barberton has attracted teams of international scientists who return annually to research and interpret the story of the earth’s beginnings and the evolution of life. This is because it is only in the beautifully preserved rocks of the Makhonjwas that they are able to find the clues that science needs to learn about the earth’s earliest history and the way life began. Biologically, this area is home to an incredible variety of endemic native plants and animals occurring only within this particular area in South Africa.
They contain very important high-rainfall mountain catchments which are protected in terms of several proclaimed Nature Reserves.
The historic and cultural history of the region is of great importance to the Swazi Nation as well as that of the early colonial era.
Its beauty and accessibility makes it a natural destination for tourism where visitors from southern Africa and overseas can enjoy an inspirational and educational experience.
The earliest records of how the earth’s crust was formed, has been provided by Scientific research from the Barberton Mountainlands. Scientists are researching a possible re-dating of when life on earth first occurred.
This could possibly be one billion years earlier than estimated.
Tidal traces billions of years old are so precisely recorded they allow for calculation of changes in the distance between the earth and the moon.
The Barberton Mountainlands is the only place on earth where the development of the early earth crust and evolution of life itself can be studied.
This can be safely said to be the place where life on Earth began more than 3.5 billion years ago.
Achaean serpentinites in the Komati river valley, South Africa, have distinctive crystal textures and volcanic features which distinguish them from normal coarse-grained serpentinites.
They are interpreted to represent lava which erupted from the depths of a deep subterranean environment.
The Elephant Sanctuary is situated in the Lowveld on a 600 hectare reserve that is home to two African elephants: Kasper ‘the gentle giant’ is a stunningly huge 3.3m tall male who was hand-reared on a farm in Namibia; Kitso is an adventurous and playful 10-year old elephant, just like his human counterparts! The main focus of The Elephant Sanctuary is to educate people about all aspects of elephants and elephant husbandry. If we discuss the elephant’s ear, for example, you will get the opportunity to actually touch one and to get a closer look at the smoothness of the skin on the back of the ear compared to the rough skin on the outside. We also offer a short elephant-back ride – a privilege historically reserved for kings.
Beautiful 1 day excursions to Hazyview, Mac Mac pools, Gods Window, Sabie, Pelgrims Rest, the Elephant sanctuary etc. The list is really endless.
“Experience the thrill of Mpumalanga’s longest Aerial Cable Trail”
Experience the freedom of gliding over one of the last remaining natural forested valleys along the Sabie River adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The aerial cable trail takes you down into the valley basin, stopping along the way on a number of elevated platforms to admire the natural vegetation, birdlife and the views of the forest floor below Each section of the trail varies in length from 70 to 230 meters linking a total of 10 platforms, making the total length of the trail 1.2km. The trail has been designed and built to South African civil engineering standards and all the equipment has been designed specifically for this activity and tried and tested worldwide. All groups are escorted by qualified guides..
Participants meet at Perry’s bridge Trading Post in Hazyview, to complete the necessary documentation before being kitted out and briefed. Guests are then transported to the starting point of the trail. After the trail has been completed, participants are returned to Perry’s Bridge Centre, where you will find restaurants and shops at your service. Bottled water is provided during the trail. Advanced booking is recommended.
Game Reserve in Sabi Sand Reserve (78.9 km from Marloth Park Conservancy)
Situated in the southwestern part of the greater Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famous for having some of the best year-round Big Five viewing in South Africa. Renowned for the high incidence of leopard sightings, Sabi Sand is also one of the best places to see cheetah, lion and wild dogs.
(79.7 km from Marloth Park Conservancy)
Join Idle & Wild Nkosi Adventures for a memorable experience along the river through the natural bush of the Sabie River Valley. With experienced guides and approved equipment, this is an excellent family activity. Trips start at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00, 7 days a week. Duration: one and a half hours. Note: Only children older than 5 years.
(81.5 km from Marloth Park Conservancy) Be fascinated by the mysterious world of reptiles at Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park. ‘From inspiration springs conservation’ is the mantra of dedicated workers at the park and their passion is contagious. Knowledgeable guides unlock the secrets of these often misunderstood creatures and reveal their elegance, magnificence, specialisation, and much more.
Crocodile Bridge Gate provides the most eastern entrance into the Kruger National Park and is in close proximity to the border post between South Africa and Mozambique. Named after the Crocodile River, Crocodile Bridge Gate is the most direct route into the southeastern section of Kruger.
Kaapsehoop or Kaapschehoop is a town in the Mpumalanga province (formerly Eastern Transvaal) of South Africa. It is situated about 25 km from Nelspruit. Kaapsehoop is known for its wild horses. There are estimated 150-180 wild horses. These horses are remnants of the gold mining days, the Boer wars and the early cattle farmers.
Bars in Hazyview (81.5 km from Marloth Park Conservancy)
When the summer heat of the Lowveld gets intense, Perry’s Bridge Brewery is an awesome spot to visit to quench your thirst. With their own selection of beers on tap as well as a good selection of imports, it is the ideal place to relax with friends. For non-beer drinkers there is a range of wines and also a mouth-watering menu.