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Marutswa Forest Trail and Boardwalk

Off R617, Bulwer, South Africa
+27 71 419 5238
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Marutswa Forest Boardwalk Disappointment

It was with great expectations that we stopped by the Marutswa Forest boardwalk to do some forest... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
Roodepoort, South Africa
Stunning forest but sadly neglected

A gem of a forest, so beautiful and majestic. However, it greatly saddened me to see that the... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
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“cape” (7 reviews)
Off R617, Bulwer, South Africa
+27 71 419 5238
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

It was with great expectations that we stopped by the Marutswa Forest boardwalk to do some forest birding, after it was recommended by a friend who was there a few years ago. All the infrastructure at the visitors center is totally dilapidated and there was...More

Thank KvD111
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

A gem of a forest, so beautiful and majestic. However, it greatly saddened me to see that the reception area had been abandoned and vandalized. Some of the boardwalks inside the forest had been vandalized and torn apart. The forest edges had been burnt for...More

Thank rhiguil
Reviewed 24 July 2017

An amazing yellowwood forest with lots of special birds. We saw the endangered Cape Parrots, Knysna Turacos, Bush Blackcaps to name a few. We went with guide Jack Molefe 0791571475 who is an excellent bird guide.

Thank dalltyron
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

On the spur of the moment we turned into the road leading to the forrest. The entry area has been badly neglected. There are no guides or proper directions only an indication of a trail. But wow what a gem of a forrest. Huge yellowwood...More

Thank Jack B
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Five birders from the U.S., plus our South African guide, spent time here on our itinerary--once for two hours in the afternoon and the second time very early one morning. Both times, we were the only ones on the trail. We found birds here that...More

Thank Judith D
Reviewed 1 February 2016

Having visited this Forest several years before I was mortified to see the state that the entrance office had degraded into. In fact nobody was even in the filthy Forest Reserve Front Office when we drove in, rather a scruffy bag, and unashamedly, was left...More

3  Thank 01CarpeDiem
Reviewed 9 January 2016

This is a short walk for a hike and a long walk for birders. Huge amount of birds including the Knysna Loerie and the indangered Cape Parrot. This was our third visit and we were fortunate to see both.

5  Thank Snakes45
Reviewed 13 June 2015

We enjoyed the easy walk along the contour path through beautiful indigenous trees. Jack Molefe, a trained guide can be contacted on 0791571475. He is keen to help people enjoy their visit to the Forest. We bought a Haleria Lucida young tree from the Wildlands...More

4  Thank midlandsfun
Reviewed 13 June 2015

a lovely days outing amongst the trees and the birds and animals. the forest tour guide is extremely well informed and has an incredible knowledge of the flora and fauna and birdlife in the forest. please leave a donation and a tip as this goes...More

1  Thank Howard S
Reviewed 18 May 2015

Although the famed Cape parrots eluded us, we enjoyed a relaxing, easy walk through this beautiful forest. It was very sad to see that locals obviously abuse it by bringing in their cows from time to time. It will most certainly benefit from investment in...More

1  Thank Amanda B
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