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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby G@mespotter » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:53 pm

Maroela is such a lovely small camp!
Out of all the camps I have been to as a camper (have been to all except Balule.... :redface: )
I rate this my 2nd favorite Camping camp, very close after Tsendze!
There are lovely spots with LOTS of shade, it's not too big which thus limits the noise from others.

Furthermore, the communal freezers are great, and.... if you're 5 minutes late no stress :lol:
Maroela? A MUST for a camper.... and then not to speak of the lion, rhino, wilddog, caracal, jackal and all other amazing things I have seen crawling in the area....!
WOW we campers need more such camps, with just 10 or so campsites...

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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby Joao » Tue May 17, 2011 12:45 pm

I agree Maroela is the better option between itself and Balule. If it is peace you are looking for then this is the place where you will find it. I just LOVE the place.

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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun May 22, 2011 2:16 pm

Will be my first time camping! Absolute newbie! :dance:
So I have a couple of questions:

1. will my little corsa lite car be OK on the dirt roads in the area? considering there is no rain in June it seems fine? :hmz:

2. Is the shop at Orpen well stocked so that I don't have to pack food?
No fancy things needed. just meat and beer and fruit or whatever :lol:

3. I am driving from Shingwedzi. it is some 226km the distance. which means if my average speed is 30km/hour I get there in just less than 8 hours.
Has anybody done this drive? and is there enough time to do this drive and set up camp before dark?
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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon May 23, 2011 8:03 am

Cheetah 2111 :)

1. You will be fine in any car in Kruger.....even a small car, just drive slow through the ditches :wink:

2. Generally the shop at Orpen is well stocked, even though its a small shop, last time I was there it was really well stocked. Not sure about the meat though...... maybe buy that outside Kruger...?

3. Driving from Shing down to Orpen is quite a drive! I'd leave as the gate opens, and have few stops, mainly sticking to the tar road.
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Re: Maroela Camp

Unread postby Hugh » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:43 pm

We were in Maroela in August .
Ellies on the fence, bushbuck and warthoggies too but just before we arrived there was a buffalo killed by several lions about 15 metres from the fence..
They were behind thick bush and every so often you could spot them, but the roaring and growling all through the night was very impressive .. and rather scary .
But the day we left we were glad we did as the stench from the rotting flesh was not so nice ..
But I am sure the hyenas and jackal we saw would make short work of the remaining flesh .
So go and enjoy yourselves as there is a lot of game in that area Maroela is very close to the Orpen cam so check it out .
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Re: Maroela camp

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:35 am

My magic sighting taken at the Maroela turn off.

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Re: Satara Camping

Unread postby Len Loader » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:37 pm

Nungu, here is our camp site in Maroela in September last year, in the far corner, under a beautiful Jakkalsbessie tree, right next to the fence - fantastic ! We arrived at 09:00, just intime to find the previous campers moving out - so be there early !

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Re: Satara Camping

Unread postby Nungu » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:58 am

We got to camp around 9:00.
It was the one right next to the look-out platform in the far corner.
We saw bushbuck, warthog, ellies, the obligatory hyena, and kudu from our "stoep".

And when we packed up 3 warthogs "reversed" into the storm pipe that exited next to the Jakkalsbessie tree.... we were surprised to actually see them go all the way up the pipe past the steel grids higher up in camp - amazing.
Later they casually came out the pipe, gently strolled around the fence and walked in the gate all the way to where we were packing up and hung around waiting for us to leave - probably to see if they can get any scraps.

In the meantime a breeding herd of Ellies made their way around the corner of the camp and into the riverbed.
Luckily the wind was in our favour and we had about 15 minutes to watch a baby, that couldn't have been more than a few months old, about 10m from us.
The moment the matriarch saw/heard us she just lifted her trunk and without any audible sound the whole group immediately started walking across the riverbed to the other side.

I just love camping at Maroela!!
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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby Nungu » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:22 am

Here's a pic of our last camping trip to Maroela.

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Use of Orpen Facilities when Camping at Maroela

Unread postby Koppycat » Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:39 pm

Hi all, just a quick question! If one camps at Maroela are you able to use the pool at Orpen?

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Re: Use of Orpen Facilities when Camping at Maroela

Unread postby forestgump » Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:26 pm

Tamboti and Maroela are sattelite camps of Orpen. The pool is for the use of overnight guests for Orpen,Maroela and Tamboti.
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Re: Pre-booking of sites at Maroela

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:15 am

Hi Devon,
Unfortunately you cannot pre book sites at Maroela, at this stage its only Tsendze as you say.
The rest are first come first served so try and get there as soon as possible.
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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby WendyA » Thu May 23, 2013 8:51 pm

3 nights at Maroela Leanawel - you lucky thing! I don't recall ever seeing baboons in Maroela but the vervets are a problem. Make sure you keep your car doors and windows closed at all times or the little ****** will get in! I actually always lock my tent as well as I've seen them open tent zips and clear tents of toiletry bags, clothes, etc - they are so inquisitive, it is not just food they go for!
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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby harrys » Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:15 pm

Hi there

Any recent photos of Maroela? :)
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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat May 03, 2014 3:52 pm

lemonbalm wrote:Just got back from Maroela - What a fantastic camp made even better by the staff - Zondi and Nikiwe! It would be hard to find two more helpful individuals!! Zondi very kindly helped us to put up and take down, our by then very wet tents, and tied all the wet stuff to the roof of our bakkie for us! He also pays close attention to keeping other campers quiet if necessary :thumbs_up: (We had a group in the far back corner who decided a disco was in order, thankfully Zondi and the rest of us disagreed with that idea! We camped in the far right hand corner as one comes in the gate and had an Ellie browsing right on the fence within touching distance if we felt so inclined, daily visits from the Warthog family, and of course the vervets..., But no baboons, and still no honey badger for us at these 2 camps (with Tamboti)


Thank you for your thoughtful report back. :thumbs_up:
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