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 Post subject: Where to camp: Maroela or BnD?
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:49 am 
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we want to go camping in KNP in April this year. We either want to go to Maroela or Berg-en-Dal but have never camped at either. In your experience which would you prefer in terms of:
- the camp with the most shade and trees
- the camp with the best atmosphere
- the camp with the most prolific bird life and nocturnal visitors.
- the camp with the most productive roads

So far I am leaning towards Maroela as I do not have a freezer and their communal freezers will come in handy but if Berg-en-Dal is really the best spot I will make a plan. I suppose this is a bit of an apples vs oranges question but I would still like your opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: Where to camp: Maroela or BnD?
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Canis Lupus wrote:
the camp with the most shade and trees

maoela :D
Canis Lupus wrote:
- the camp with the best atmosphere

maroela :D
Canis Lupus wrote:
- the camp with the most prolific bird life and nocturnal visitors.

maroela :D
Canis Lupus wrote:
- the camp with the most productive roads

A tough one ... but the BnD area I would say affords you better chances of seeing leopard :hmz:

So as you can see, I recommend maroela :lol: BnD is a main rest camp, whereas maroela is a small camp nestled in the bush on the timbavati river. So as far as a rustic authentic bush experience goes - maroela would be better :D BnD would probably rate as better wildlife, however I have always had good sightings on the H7 from Orpen to Satara! One of the few roads in Kruger where lions, leopards, cheetah and wild dogs are on the menu 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Where to camp: Maroela or BnD?
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Hi Canic Lupis.

I am probably going to support your Maroela choice, same as Cheetah.

I tent to enjoy the atmosphere of the smaller camps and I have found the staff at Maroela to be very helpful and attentive.

The roads in the central area offer more diversity and the H7 is very productive.

Maroela is close to the S39 which also gives the possibility of birding at the Ratelpan hide. The S39 is one of my favorite roads due to the wide diversity of eco systems.

Although it is a bit of a drive, the Nwanetsi hide is also well worth visiting. I have used this as a stop off when traveling on the S100.

Berg n Dal is a well run, but it is a big camp. That means lots of neighbors and more noise. Maroela has had some interesting visitors at the fence.

I have stayed ay both camps, and my choice would be Maroela in a heartbeat.

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Once there was a pool in the riverbed outside maroela where a leopard came to drink at 18h00 every night.

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I have stayed many times at Tamboti and it is one of my favourite camps in terms of atmosphere so I assume that Maroela would be similar.
The only drawback is the that there are not a lot of different road options for game drives in the direct vicinity. Only after Bobejaankrans (which is at least 20km?) can one off into one of the dirt roads.
Can I assume correctly that the BnD area would also be much busier in terms of traffic?

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Have a look through this great topic Campsites in Kruger
There is wonderful info and great pics of all the various camping sites. :thumbs_up:

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Canis Lupus wrote:
I have stayed many times at Tamboti and it is one of my favourite camps in terms of atmosphere so I assume that Maroela would be similar.
The only drawback is the that there are not a lot of different road options for game drives in the direct vicinity. Only after Bobejaankrans (which is at least 20km?) can one off into one of the dirt roads.
Can I assume correctly that the BnD area would also be much busier in terms of traffic?


I understand what you mean about the long drive to reach certain roads. Berg n Dal also has fairly long drives and I find that there is less diversity.

Is there no availability at Satara? I have found that to be great in terms of suitable roads.

Another option, if there is availability, is Balule. They also have communal freezers.

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Canis Lupus wrote:
he only drawback is the that there are not a lot of different road options for game drives in the direct vicinity. Only after Bobejaankrans (which is at least 20km?) can one off into one of the dirt roads.

Well there is the S108 Rabaleis loop after 7kms, then after 2kms you could turn down the S140 Talamati road :hmz: However it is true that routes are limited from that side.

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Can I assume correctly that the BnD area would also be much busier in terms of traffic?

Indeed! :thumbs_up:

As MM has said - Is Balule an option?

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We camped at Satara in 2012 and we didnt like it that much - too dry, dusty and not a lot of trees with shade. Mainly Acacia Knob thorns. Give me a cold beer under a Jackalberry and I'm happy :D
There are some nice roads in the Satara vicinity although I find the s100 to be waaay overrated. :twisted:
Balule might be an option but for some strange reason my wife is not a fan of that particular camp.

Another huge drawcard of Maroela is Bobejaankrans. Its an absolute magic place.

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Another place you can get to from Maroela is Timbavati picnic spot. The river road sometimes produces and it is not busy.

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