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Koloniesbos

HOW LONG AND TOUGH IS THIS ROUTE:

Distance = 2km

Climb = 150m

Total Hiking time = 70minutes

 

HOW DO I GET TO THE START OF THIS HIKE:

> Drive 2.5km from the Drotsdy to Marloth Main Office.

> Get your CapeNature permit and drive 3.8km on bakkie road (in Marloth Nature Reserve) up to Koloniesbos parking area.

GENERAL NOTES:

> This is a circular route. First you go up and then you come down. The route runs anti-clockwise. The 600m from the parking area to the official start of the circular trail is included in this 70 minutes.

> The first 600m is in the open with no shade to protect you from the sun. 

> The next 900m form part of a circular route (where most of the time and hiking is spent) and you will be in dense forest.

> The only fresh water on this route is from the river, so remember to take your own.

> There is a picnic bench at the Koloniesbos Parking area.

> Would I have hiked this route on honeymoon? Definitely.

> Children can hike this route, but grownups should not underestimate it.

> This is the easiest route to hike in Marloth Nature Reserve.

> Children aged 5&6 years old should be able to hike this route. With friends along they go 50% faster.
> Because the pools are smaller and trail less steep than at Duiwelsbos, you will worry less about your childrens' safety.

> Duiwelsbos and Koloniesbos use the same parking area. When looking at the mountain, Koloniesbos is to your left.

> In 2017  Tree name tags  have been added to help you identify different tree species!

> Do you need a 4x4 in Marloth? No.

 

GPS Location:

Marloth Main Entrance = -34.004491, 20.440881

Koloniesbos Trail Start/ Parking = -33.999118, 20.457068

WHEN ARE HIKING TRAILS OPEN:

SUNRISE TO SUNSET

*If you want to start hiking before the Marloth Office opens, you can issue yourself a permit at the building between the office and Marloth's main gate. This must be done for safety reasons. When you return after the hike, please remember to pay the entrance fee.

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