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Reader Resort Review: Henk van Rooyen Holiday Resort, Mpumalanga


Marloth Park is a unique town, thanks to its location: it borders on the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park. In fact, only the Crocodile River and a fence separate it from the park.

However, you’d hardly know that it were separate if you were to visit, as Marloth Park is unique in another way: it has its own wildlife, which is free to wander the suburb’s 3 000 ha. The Big Five are the only animals you won’t find walking around between the houses.

Words and images by Brian Jeffries

The subject of this review, the Henk van Rooyen Holiday Resort, is located within Marloth Park. This caravan park is not only an excellent destination, but also an excellent stopover point if you’re on the way to Kruger or Mozambique.

Staying at the caravan park means that you have a great chance of seeing giraffe, warthog, baboons, monkeys, zebra, kudu, blue wildebeest, nyala and impala − all of which roam freely.

Between 18h00 and 06h00 hours, the area ‘belongs’ to the animals, which means that you may not be out walking during that time; a great opportunity to take a night drive and watch the bush come to life during the dark hours! What’s more, the resort is a birdwatchers’ paradise; you’ll regularly hear the evocative cry of the African fish eagle.

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