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How far would you travel to get here? If you are staying in Swellendam the answer is 5minutes drive and 10minutes walk.

Duiwelsbos is in Marloth Nature Reserve, bordering Swellendam. From the parking to the waterfall and back is a 2km hike and takes about 1.5 hours. Today our group had children aged 3, 4 and 5 so we opted for a shorter hike to the first water pool, which is only 10 minutes' walk from the parking area.

Hiking in Duiwelsbos is done in the shade of the trees. At the pool we had a picnic and the children played in the water (too cold for the parents). The relaxed atmosphere was frequently interrupted by someone's child climbing up a big rock or attempting to jump into a pool, but I guess that is just one of the joys of being a parent.

For the picnic we took along fruit, yoghurt, water, beer and freshly burnt hot-cross buns. There are no bathrooms on this route, so take along the necessary paperwork.

The whole trip took us about 2 hours, picnic included.

How to get there:

Drive to Marloth main gate (2.4km from Swellendam Tourism office)

Drive 4km through Marloth to the start of Duiwelsbos hiking trail

Hike 10 minutes to the water pool

Note: The road in Marloth is a well-kept dirt road, rideable with any vehicle.

Note: The only fresh water along the route is found in the stream.

Swellendam Trourism Office = -34.018355, 20.452315

Marloth Main Entrance = -34.004491, 20.440881

Duiwelsbos Trail Start/ Parking = -33.999118, 20.457068

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Open week in Marloth: Monday 21 Sept - Sunday 27 Sept 2015

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Adults = R40

Kids = R20

Wildcard = Free

#Hiking #Marloth

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