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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

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

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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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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)


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Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread post by 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
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Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread post by 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

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Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread post by 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.

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Re: Best sites at Maroela?

Unread post by 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
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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread post by 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!


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