Komatipoort / Marloth Park
The tranquil border town of Komatipoort sits at the confluence of two of South Africa’s most 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 a broad range of activities for one and all. Stop over on the way to Mozambique. Or just stop over. Full stop.
- 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 then-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 Malalane and Crocodile Bridge Gates. Plenty of free-roaming game amongst 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 late 40s. But there is still horse-riding here
- The Crocodile Bridge gate into the Kruger National Park is 8 km north of the town, and the Lembombo borderpost with Mozambique is 5 km to the east
- Tiger fishing in the Komati River. The tiger is one of the toughest fish to land and this is one of only a few venues in South Africa
- Quadbiking in Marloth Park – the closest you can get to quadding amongst wildlife
- Komatipoort marks the end of the once-famed Selati line which ran from there to Skukuza and, at only 80 km long, was one of the most expensive railways ever built