Komatipoort/Marloth Park

The tranquil border town of Komatipoort sits at the confluence of two of South Africa’s significant rivers, the Crocodile and the Komati. This calming place amongst the expansive sugar plantations offers numerous appealing accommodation and food options as well as broad range of activities for one and all. Stop over on the way to Mozambique. Or just stop over. Full stop.

Top attractions

The Samora Machel Memorial pays tribute to the first president of Mozambique after independence

  • Samora Machel Monument – a fascinating and moving tribute to one of Africa’s most prominent statesmen. Well worth the detour on a beautiful drive through a number of unspoilt and untouched rural villages
  • Prawn festival – Komatipoort is known for its prawns, which were once smuggled in through the previously closed border with Mozambique. Nowadays, no smuggling is necessary and the LM prawns may not be quite as huge as they once were, but they are just as tasty and still named after Laurenço Marques, Maputo’s former name
  • Marloth Park is a popular and unique residential (and now tourist) area on the southern border of the Kruger National Park between the Malalane and Crocodile Bridge gates. Game roams freely in between the homes. Even lions come and go
  • Komatipoort has a popular golf course
  • The renegade Steinacker’s Horse Regiment was based here during the Anglo-Boer War. Imagine horses living with temperatures in the upper 40s (Celsius). But there is still horse-riding here
  • Crocodile Bridge Gate into the Kruger National Park is 8km north of the town and the Lebombo border post into Mozambique is 5km to the east
  • Fishing for tigers in the Komati River (the fish, not the cats). The tiger is one of the toughest fish to land and this is one of only a few tiger-fishing venues in South Africa
  • Quad biking in Marloth Park – the closest you can get to quadding with wild animals
  • Komatipoort marks the end of the once-famed Selati Railway Line, which ran from Skukuza. At only 80km long, it was one of the most expensive railways ever built in the region in the late 19th century

Did you know?

The Nkomati Accord was signed here in 1984, bringing to an end hostilities between South Africa and Mozambique

News & views

Graskop Gorge lift in the pipeline

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The PPS Panorama Tour

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