Friends of Marloth (FoM) is a community based group supporting Marloth Nature Reserve in creating awareness and promoting the appreciation of the reserve in the local community and all other users. FoM will also assist, propose, develop, fund and implement projects and improvements to improve the recreational areas for all members and visitors.


Who can join:  

​1) Swellendam Locals

​2) Referrals by a Friends of Marloth Member

What does membership cost:

R150 per person

R200 per family (kids under 21 years old)

Where can I buy a key for the gate on the Berg Street side of Marloth Nature Reserve?

From the 20th of May 2019 access to Marloth Nature Reserve via the gate at the top of Berg Street will be closed to people that are not Friends of Marloth members.

All Friends of Marloth card-carrying members will be able to enter via a gate sponsored by the Friends of Marloth by purchasing a key from Stephanie Coetzee at the Marloth Lodge Swellendam (previously known as Backpackers) , 5 Lichtenstein Street.


The keys cost R50 each (cash only), one key is available per membership number. Stephanie can be contacted at 082 494 8279 if she is not available at the lodge.

How long does this membership last:

April 2019 - March 2021. 

You will not get reduced prices at a later stage, the sooner you buy the longer the membership will be. Every member will have to renew in April 2019.

Where can I get membership:

Boshoff Visser office in Swellendam

Note: Payments only in cash

Banking Details:

Bank: First National Bank

Name: Friends of Marloth

Account Number: 625 967 571 15

Branch: Swellendam, 200 513

Entering from Berg Street:
Without a Friends of Marloth Membership or the consent of Two Feathers Horse Trails + Cape Nature Permit, you may not enter Marloth Nature Reserve from the Berg Street side. That is trespassing and against the law. Because of trespassing the gate is locked, if you are  FOM member you can buy a key. See info above.

Mountain Biking in Marloth:
Without a Friends of Marloth Membership or having signed the Friends of Marloth indemnity, you may not mountain bike on any of our routes.


When a Friend of Marloth enters Marloth Nature Reserve:

On entering:

1) You have to sms/whats-app you membership number, activity & route to 082 496 2450 - this is the Friends of Marloth number.


2) Sign in at the main gate.


On leaving:

1) Whats-app/sms your membership number to the Friends of Marloth number.


2) Sign out at the main gate.

Want a limited edition Friends of Marloth t-shirt? Get them for R150 per shirt from atelier's new offices at Studio 16, Second Floor, Carlton Centre, 23 Voortrek Street. Or you can get one at the Boondoggle Market at Carlton Mall.

The Friends of Marloth Logo was designed by atelier.


When is that?


07:30 - 16:00
Hot Summers and Cold Winters
Most rain: March, October and November
Occasional snow
Marloth Office Tel: +27 (0)28 514 1410
Emergency Tel: +27 (0)82 496 2450
Cabin bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190
Friends of Marloth number for proof-of-entry whats-app or sms:  082 496 2450     
More Friends of Marloth questions? +27 (0)82 771 2765



​Phone: + 27 (0) 28 514 8500

Fax: + 27 (0) 28 514 2694


Located: 49 Voortrek St, Swellendam

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