Bird walks

IMG 0443Bird walks hosted by Hon. Rangers are held on the first Saturday of the month. Details of the next walk here

Welcome to Marloth Park Honorary Rangers

The Marloth Park Honorary Rangers comprise voluntary property owners who offer their time, expertise and resources while working to a code of conduct for the benefit of conservation and the environment in Marloth Park and Lionspruit.

Minutes200wGeneral Meetings - open to all - are held at 08:00 on the last Thursday of each month in the Boardroom at Henk van Rooyen Park.

Chief Honorary Ranger's Reports  Open Meetings  Closed Meetings  Committee meetings

Field Security: 0828281043

HR: 083 775 4409
Rangers: 082 802 5894

mamba75Snake removal:
John Webb 079 778 5359
Juan de Beer 060 665 5000
Read: Snake Removal

This article first published April 11th 2013. The carrying capacity figures may be superseded by more recent surveys

Marloth Park falls in a low lying granite zone characterised by dense Acacia species.

The soils have more clay than any of the other granite landscapes, which is why this landscape has such dense Acacia stands. Marloth Park, from its early inception, has attracted many of us for our love of the lowveld and the wonderful animals. If there were no animals here, Marloth Park would not have the same appeal. However, Marloth Park is not just about the animals. It is also about the fauna and flora, the birds and all the small creatures from reptiles to mongoose, along with insects and butterflies, the list goes on! Then, of course, there are we humans and we also have a right to our small place in this wonderland. After all, if we had no desire to live or holiday here, this tract of land would probably be sugar cane and banana plantations. However, all creatures impact on this environment in some way and the impact from one group affects all other groups. Although it may appear to be a natural world, it is not. It is a fenced in world where animals cannot leave, where new gene pools cannot enter, where predators cannot play an important role and natural fires cannot be allowed to manage the veld. We (the property owners) have to play a role in managing our environment. We all have our perceptions as to what is happening around us. A property owner recently commented that there were not as many animals in Marloth Park as there used to be. The truth is that in recent years, Marloth Park has carried more animals than it has over much of its early history. This is why our grasses have been devastated and weeds, along with alien vegetation, are posing a real challenge. Marloth Park, along with much of the Lowveld, is experiencing the phenomenon of bush encroachment. This impacts on the grasses which generally require good sunlight to flourish. As more homes are built and more vegetation cleared, game numbers have to be reduced further. This is why it is essential that property owners understand that clearing the bush around their homes must be kept to an absolute minimum.

The role of managing game numbers rests with Mpumalanga Parks and Municipal conservation authorities, who appoint a contractor to remove, transfer or cull animals as determined by environmental studies. This is supported by thorough ground and aerial game counts. The Marloth Park Honorary Rangers have no jurisdiction over this process and act only on a support basis. When the seasons turn and the leaves start to fall we come once again to the new culling season. If planned, and managed correctly, this should be a smooth operation with minimal disturbance to property owners. It may be a difficult and emotional time for many of us but it is important that we understand the need for the process.

Current game holding capacity of Marloth Park [2012/2013 data]: Impala - 210, Warthog - 50, Wildebeest – 33, Kudu – 36, Zebra – 50, Giraffe - 23

Property owners who would like to have more information are always welcome to attend the monthly Honorary Rangers or MPPOA meetings where additional information is provided.


waterconservationmission200wConservation in Marloth Park: Our Primary Concern

Our primary concern as Honorary Rangers is the well-being
and long-term survival of Marloth Park as a
viable nature Conservancy.

To achieve this, we must

   •  Manage the veldt    and    •  Manage the Wildlife

All property Owners bear a responsibility to care for their own properties and
ensure that everyting we do encourages the well-being of the veldt
and therefore the animals.

On this website there are articles describing how we can best ensure
that we keep the veldt natural and the animals wild.

 Hon Rangers Monthly Advice Veldt and Game Management
 Look after your own property Feeding during drought
Marloth Park - our wonderland All about the Veldt

Honorary Rangers together with the property Ownders Association and
the Marlothii Conservancy have formed a FORUM in order to present
a unified approach to the management of the Veldt and the animals.

Read about the Forum and the MPPOA 5-Point Plan

Alien Plant Brochure

A Property Owner's Guide to Conserve Indigenous Flora

See the new Guide to the Alien Plants of Marloth Park here

2018 AGM Report and Minutes

Read the Chief Honorary Ranger's Report for 2017 here
and the Minutes of the AGM held on 11th january 2018 here

Bush snippets 

and other news here

Our vision

hrOur vision is to support and assist the Nkomazi Municipality Conservation Department within Marloth Park with their management strategies and objectives while being an effective volunteer group. 
Read a brief  History of Honorary Rangers and the Conservancy

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