All About Marloth Park

All About Marloth Park

All About Marloth Park

Marloth Park might not be the first place you think about when planning your travels to the Kruger area, but it is quite a special place in its own right. For many, Marloth Park is a hidden gem, one that they only discovered when a travel agency, safari company or a friend lets them in on the secret.

For many locals, Marloth Park is their equivalent of Kruger Park accommodation and it has become the ideal place to stay when they want to venture out on a Kruger Park safari, but return to a home away from home. Many homes in Marloth are privately owned and kitted out, giving guests a separate home close to the Kruger.

About Marloth

Marloth Park is itself a wildlife sanctuary, situated on the border of the Kruger. Animals and humans live side by side, and it is not unusual to open your door to a Kudu, Impala, or Warthog in the mornings. With the exception of elephant, who can be observed through the border fences as well as within the Crocodile River which forms the main boundary between the two sanctuaries, Marloth has 4 of the 5 animals making up the much sought after Big 5.

The parks buffalo, lion and rhino are confined to an open space area of the park known as Lions Spruit. This is the parks official game reserve. The other animals such as Kudu, Nyala, Wildebeest, Zebra and Giraffe are given free rein of the park and often end up in the gardens of homeowners.

Marloth itself is situated between Komatipoort and Malelane. The Crocodile Bridge entrance to the Kruger is about 14 km away while the Malelane Gate is a 35 km drive from Marloth.

Marloth Accommodation

Not all who spend a weekend in this holiday town actually own the property. While the park is primarily made up of privately owned homes, there is also accommodation for campers, caravans and backpackers. There is also the option of staying at a private game lodge. Just like staying in the Kruger National Park, there is plenty to do and see when in Marloth. And of course, you can always escape for a day or two to the Kruger, which is so closely situated.

There are 5 lodges, 2 places to park your caravan or pitch a tent, and an affordable back packer’s inn. Most of the Marloth accommodation is well-priced and can be easily booked before you venture to the area.

Marloth Park Activities

There are plenty of Marloth Park activities to enjoy, including Bush Braais, Wildlife Breakfasts, even safaris. A sundowner game drive and bush braai are truly unique ways to round off any day in the park and you don’t have to go to the Kruger just to see all kinds of wildlife.

Bush walks are another fun activity that you can take part in. Getting you outdoors, and quite up close to the various wildlife, is unlike anything else. These walks will give you more appreciation for the animals and the untouched nature that gives the park its uniqueness.

Royal Safaris

In order to give our guests the most unforgettable time in Africa, we have a selection of incredible bush packages. Our bush braais and champagne breakfasts are made for a laid back experience and guests can sit beneath the rising or setting sun while enjoying a delicious meal. We take our guests into the Kruger National Park, and to date we are the only safari company with permission to conduct night drives in the Kruger. In the past, only the Kruger drove guests on night drives.

Our safari tours and transfers are offered at great costs, making our Kruger Park safari prices highly competitive.

Many of our transfers are done from Marloth Park, giving guests more time in the park than they would otherwise enjoy. Contact us to book your Kruger Park tour today.

5 Reasons to Go On Safari with Us

5 Reasons to Go On Safari with Us

5 Reasons to Go On Safari with Us

When you begin your search for a safari tour provider, you will without a doubt come across a phenomenal number of touring companies operating in and around the Kruger. Trying to figure out who you should book your tour with can be quite the undertaking, and you will need to compare far more than just the prices of the tours!

There are 5 big reasons why you should be booking your once in a lifetime, Kruger Park safari with us.

1.  We have the vehicles

Having the right vehicles for the safari is a big deal. It is true that any vehicle can be used for a safari, but there is a big difference between using a real safari vehicle vs. a car. We have open safari vehicles as well as closed vehicles to suit all of our Kruger Park safari packages. The open vehicle is designed to give you more in terms of how much you can see. These vehicles are higher up and allow guests to look out over the vegetation!

The seating is arranged in different heights as well. This means guides can communicate to guests easily and your view won’t be obscured by your fellow passengers should you be on a shared safari. Tour guides don’t just point out the animals along the way. They also tell you all about the various animals and share various stories from their past tours.

2.  We have the experience

We have many years of experience and this comes in handy when we plan our tours. We want to give you a memorable Kruger Park safari, the kind that will have you daydreaming about your time in the park for years to come. Our tours are ideal for the whole family while we also have a few tours designed specifically for couples looking for a romantic retreat.

Guests have the option of booking a single day or a half day touring the Kruger, stopping for breakfast or lunch, or guests can indulge in a champagne breakfast or a bush dinner. Our tours differ from other companies as they don’t include more than one day in the park. It wouldn’t be an over exaggeration to say that our tours are exclusive, even luxury.

In addition to Kruger Park safaris, we also have tailor-made Panorama Route tours and tours of Hoedspruit.

3.  We have a variety of day tour packages

Sometimes all you need is a day in the Kruger, an escape from the city and time to unwind. It is great to be able to spend more than a day in the park, but when you are only in search of a day adventure, you will find that we have the best variety of Kruger day tour packages for you to choose from. We have private, morning and afternoon safaris as well as full day, afternoon and morning open vehicle safaris. Each of our safaris is done in one of the more popular areas of the Kruger, and area in which there are plenty of animal sightings.

In a day, you can easily see a whole lot of different animals and even the Big 5.

4.  We go the extra mile

Your experience is important and we try to go the extra mile for all of our guests. We take care of your individual needs which means we are open to the option of customising our Kruger packages. A custom package means we can also give our guests different pricing options. You will get value for your money when on one of our safaris and we aim to ensure that you leave the Kruger with all kinds of memories.

5.  We are in the perfect location

Royal Safaris is situated on the outskirts of the beautiful town of White River. We are about an hour and a half away from the closest Kruger gate. Not only does our close locality mean that you can have an early start in the Kruger without having to travel too far, but it also means that you can explore the surrounding areas when you are visiting the park.

Of all the Kruger Park safari companies, we are one of the best hosts you could choose. Now is a great time to visit the Kruger Park, just before the summer rains arrive. Be sure to book your tour today!

The Kruger National Park: A Short Introduction

The Kruger National Park: A Short Introduction

The Kruger National Park: A Short Introduction

Royal Safaris has a unique approach to the Kruger safari experience.

While we give guests the option of doing the traditional safari, our breakfast trips to the Kruger will give you an unforgettable journey into one of the world’s most enduring and beloved nature conservations.

We see only the surface of the park; the complexity of the thousands of plants and animal species in the park is exceptionally complex. Visitors of all kinds will find something to love about the Kruger, and when like turns to love, it’s enough to bring guests back again and again.

The Kruger National Park is situated in the North-Eastern corner of South Africa and expands into neighbouring conservation areas in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The park is also surrounded by private nature reserves who have an open border agreement with the Kruger.

A huge space of untouched African wild, the Kruger National Park is a piece of time locked away and preserved for us to enjoy. The animals living here have lived the same lives for thousands of years, untroubled by humanity and its ever-changing nature. The moment you enter any of the gates, you can feel a shift in the atmosphere. Suddenly all of your day to day thoughts and the stresses that are ever present with modern living simply disappears and there is a sense of tranquillity. There is no sound of traffic or hooting cars; no shouts or loud music. And the parks very strict speed limit will force you to take it easy.

Bigger than Israel and about as big as Wales, it was the quick thinking of a group of men that led to the creation of the Kruger. The park has met challenges and has overcome impossible odds during the more than 100 years since its inception.

A Short History

The Kruger National Park is in many ways a symbol of love for nature. The Kruger was founded as a place where the area’s dwindling wildlife would have a sanctuary from hunters, who at the time were quickly destroying animal populations in their desire for trophies. At the time, those hunters could not have appreciated that the area in which they hunted was far more diverse than anything they could have possibly imagined. Perhaps, if they had known, they might have thought about their actions a little differently.

The park is named after Paul Kruger, the one time president of the Transvaal, but it took more than one man to establish the conservancy, and over the years it has taken a board of committed directors, planners and other officials to keep the legacy alive.

Originally, the Kruger Park was named the Sabie Game Reserve. At first, few guests were permitted entrance into the park as there was always a strong emphasis on limiting the number of people in allowed into this habitat. Paul Kruger, while a founder, had very little influence over what the park would become. The one person who had the most profound effect on what the Kruger would become is James Stevenson-Hamilton.

The Wisdom of a Warden

As the parks first caretaker, Stevenson-Hamilton was a warden for 44 years and turned the park into a “Great Lady”. Although at first, he was just as reluctant as the rest of the board to admit guests to the park, he would eventually see that the very survival of the park would depend on allowing people to be a part of the experience.

Just like most of the planning that has gone into the founding of the park, the process of making the park accessible to guests was one of careful planning. The thought was why have a place filled with animals if you would not be using the reserve as a place to educate? The Kruger would be a great place to teach people about the unique and beautiful animals.

Although faced with many opponents who would have happily seen the Kruger completely destroyed, Stevenson-Hamilton started promoting tourism and encouraging visitors. His approach earned him more supporters and soon the public was excited about having the opportunity to visit this previously off-limits location.

Finding the perfect balance of visitors would, and continues to be, key to the preservation of the Kruger. Allowing uncontrolled numbers into the park would upset the ecosystem to the point that it could be destroyed. To this day, the Kruger has a strict limit on the number of guests allowed entry.

The earliest visitors to the park were quite the adventurers! The accommodation was beyond rustic, and often the security around the camp would be the bare minimum. The huts had no windows, so you can only imagine the number of insects coming in!

Visitors to the park remained low until South Africa enjoyed a boom after the Second World War. After that, the park became extremely popular. Accommodation improved and became more abundant, and transport also became more accessible and more reliable. The Kruger National Park has been growing in leaps and bounds ever since.

Kruger Park Safaris

The single best way to explore this fantastic nature conservation park is by going on Kruger Park safaris. Trips to the Kruger in the company of experienced guides can give you the very best way to see and learn more about the park. At Royal Safaris we take a different approach to the Kruger Park safari. We have the conventional approach, which consists of day tours of the park consisting of morning and afternoon drives, and we have those special safaris that can be ideal for romantic getaways and those wanting to mark a special occasion.

These are some of our current safaris:

We also offer other tours of areas around the Kruger National Park, including giving guests the opportunity to see the Panorama Route.

The Kruger has one of the richest histories and one of the most diverse landscapes. Come and experience a once in a lifetime trip. Book your tour with Royal Safaris Transfers and Tours.