Skip to Content

Maroela Satellite Camp

Discuss the different camps and roads of the Kruger National Park
annie R
Posts: 176
Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:49 pm
Location: Cape Town

Best sites at Maroela?

Unread postby annie R » Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:28 pm

We haven't camped at Maroela near Orpen before and I was wondering if anyone had advice about which were the best sites to ask for - if in fact you can reserve a site ahead, as you can at Tsendze further north. In an ideal world we like privacy and shade, and don't mind not being nearest to the ablutions. Any advice?

User avatar
Hugh
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 10182
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:29 pm
Location: Parklands Cape Town

Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread postby Hugh » Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:31 pm

Best sites are along the perimeter fence and there are quite an few . but unfortunately you cant book as its a first come basis. . We have always managed to get what we want though
God couldn't be everywhere so he made Grandmas

annie R
Posts: 176
Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:49 pm
Location: Cape Town

Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread postby annie R » Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:43 pm

Thanks, Hugh. Typically, what time do you arrive? We plan to copy you in the hope of a choice!

User avatar
Elsa
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 13928
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:31 pm
Location: Ballito, KZN North Coast, South Africa

Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:13 pm

Annie, have you had a read through the Maroela Topic where I am sure you will find lots of great info and advice as well.

Also EJ's Comprehensive Camp layout

Enjoy! :thumbs_up:
Where ever you go, go with all your Heart.

annie R
Posts: 176
Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:49 pm
Location: Cape Town

Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread postby annie R » Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:25 pm

Thanks Elsa, will look at those now. I searched for Maroela but didn't find anything so these links are great.

User avatar
Meandering Mouse
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
FAC Member (2013)
Posts: 16573
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Location: meandering between senility and menopause

Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Jul 24, 2014 5:17 am

annie R, I am sure you are going to love the camp. I found it pristine and well kept. There really are a number of perimeter sites, so I hope that you hit jackpot.

I have memories of sipping early morning coffee with a buffalo grazing peacefully a couple of metres away. I looked at him and he looked at me.. it was love at first sight.

sigh
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.

annie R
Posts: 176
Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:49 pm
Location: Cape Town

Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread postby annie R » Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:25 am

Sounds lovely, MM. If it's anything like Tsendze, we will definitely love it.

User avatar
Hugh
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 10182
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:29 pm
Location: Parklands Cape Town

Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread postby Hugh » Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:35 am

When we were at maroela a few years back there was a lion kill about two metres from the fence and those lions were busy growling and roaring and carrying on for about three days .There were hyenas and jackal and all the usual scavenges around too. most exciting only thing is after those three days the smell was not so nice . I think they had killed a large Buff
God couldn't be everywhere so he made Grandmas

annie R
Posts: 176
Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:49 pm
Location: Cape Town

Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread postby annie R » Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:56 am

Awesome, Hugh. Nothing better than the sound of lions outside the camp!

Juan_Boshoff
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:11 am

Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby Juan_Boshoff » Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:11 am

[img]http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/10/82f24a572a674af17ecbd13b7b2af72a.jpg[/img][img]http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/10/7bb86a31f133186a93f1c4b252e008ce.jpg[/img]

Thats us camping at Maroela in December 2013 ... We are back there for December 2014[emoji3] [emoji4] [emoji5]

User avatar
Koppycat
Posts: 12
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:55 am
Location: Howick

Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby Koppycat » Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:58 pm

Quick question.... Is there 220v at Maroela? Not an issue if there isn't as we're set up with solar and heading there for three nights in December on a north to south trip!

Juan_Boshoff
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:11 am

Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby Juan_Boshoff » Tue Nov 11, 2014 6:24 am

Maroela has 220v yes. Just no shops or restaurant.

User avatar
Koppycat
Posts: 12
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:55 am
Location: Howick

Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby Koppycat » Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:24 am

Great, thanks!

Juan_Boshoff wrote:Maroela has 220v yes. Just no shops or restaurant.

naomi c
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2439
Joined: Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:55 am
Location: Centurion

Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:11 pm

We returned home :cry: on Sunday after an amazing two weeks camping in Maroela. We were lucky enough to find a spot on the fence with shade for almost the whole day. The camp was never overcrowded, the ablutions spotless, the weather mostly cloudy and cool - everything was just perfect! Thanks again Zondi and Nikiwe for a very well run camp! :clap:
I could also tick one off my bucket list - the Timbavati flooded on the day after Christmas - one moment a dry riverbed and the next it is filled with water. An amazing experience!
We were also blessed with wonderful sightings - Orpen's pack of wild dogs, lions on the entrance road to the camp, cheetah and many more. The day that we entered we got a leopard in the road a couple of hundred meters after the boom gate! And when leaving on Sunday, elephant and a herd of buffalo on this same stretch between the gate proper and the boom gate.
All in all one of the best December trips to KNP ever! :D

User avatar
Leanawel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 756
Joined: Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:45 pm
Location: KAROO

Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread postby Leanawel » Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:17 pm

Wonderful news naomi c - reading your post make me so :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Orpen area is one of my favourites :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

The river in flood - wow, it must have been wonderful to experience! And very good sightings too (as usual) :D

Leana


Return to “KNP Camps & Roads”