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Unread post by gwendolen » Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:22 pm

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Nov 20, 2005 7:19 pm

Yes, it is only a campsite, a kilo or so from Orpen.

We have driven through it just to have a look. There are a lot of people who say it is the best campsite in Kruger.

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Unread post by Shidzidzii » Mon Nov 21, 2005 10:59 am

While I mostly stay in Hut accomodation it is realy is a gem of a camp so occasionly I rough-it and camp in a tent there just because it is such a authentic bush experience . Prime campsite is under an enormous Jackalberry tree.

The birdwatching is astounding al day long .
Scop's owl , Orangebreasted and greyheaded - bush shrikes , nesting hornbills to name a few .

And at night it is very small , intimate , dark and with very little human noise . You are right next to the boundary fence and are able to see and hear the nightime wildlife . Hyena and Civet patrol around the camp and you will definately hear Lions roaring during the night and early morning - sometimes very close by.


Unread post by Jumbo » Tue Nov 22, 2005 7:47 am

We've camped at Maroela several times. Truly a great camping area. On one occasion we even had the honey badger inside the camp, throwing over the dustbins. And as MikeV mentioned, this is the place to hear the lions at night.
A friend of my father told that many moons ago they had the lions inside the camp. Apparently he was returning from the ablution block when he almost walked into a lioness. He charged back to the ablutions and locked himself in a toilet - there he sat screaming for help.

On another point - don't know if this still can be done. We have, on one or two occasions, made arrangement with Orpen to come in late and then camp at Maroela - obviously we had to pay a fee - think it was something like R100 that time. If I remember correctly, the latest you could arrive was 3 hours after the gates closed. We had to give our registration number before the time; this was then given to the gate guard. The next morning we then had to go and book in at Orpen. This service made it much more easy for our “weekend trips' when we travelled from Pretoria.

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Unread post by Fizzpop » Fri Jun 09, 2006 4:53 pm

scholes1313 wrote:Hi, does anyone have any recent photo's of the camp? I am going to be staying at Moroela in late august but have not been back there for about 14 years and would just like to see it again to remind me what it looks like.

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Close your eyes... think back 14 years.... see a small, secluded camping area in your minds eye.... and...
Snap... there you have it.... 8)

Nothing much changed at all, (except higher Fence) and at times.... truck loads of Overlanders.... but if you go in quieter Months.... you will not regret it :wink:
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Maroela Satelite Camp

Unread post by lee lewis » Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:23 pm

We "discovered" Maroela during the 1970's and it became one of our preferred camps.
We spent part of every Kruger trip at this camp.
In those days my parents were keen caravaners.

I stopped going to Kruger when I moved to Natal, but decided to book a few days at Maroela Camp during March '06.
My husband and two kids have never been to Kruger before.
My parents joined us too, trusty old (albeit well looked-after) caravan in tow.

Needless to say, it felt like being 'back home' again for me.
The changes were mostly positive - back int the '70s the ablution block was made of corrugated iron - if memory serves correct.
The only thing that was amiss, was the communal fireplace, which was tended to by an old Madala (the person in charge of the camp) I forget his name, but a true gentleman who enhanced our bush experience. He was always friendly and always willing to assist.
He also told some real "fireside" stories.

My kids were in absolute awe.
Craig (13) discovered previously unknown photographic ability, whilst Bronwen (8 ) asked questions non-stop.

All too soon did we have to pack up and leave and THAT my dear friends, was the HARDEST thing I have EVER in my entire life had to do.
I simply could not leave that camp - not knowing when I will ever see it again.
I made a promise to myself there and then that I WILL BE BACK! (as they say in the movies)

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Unread post by Senyetse » Fri May 04, 2007 2:08 pm

We spent this last long weekend at Maroela.
It is a beautiful camp.
The camp was fully booked but there was never a feeling that the place is full.
There are 3 showers (in the men's ablutions) and this was never a problem.
Ablutions were always clean.
Funnily we noticed that our vehicle was the only sedan in the camp, only SUV's and bakkies!
Also most vehicles in the park were SUV's and bakkies - the roads aren't that bad :roll: :wink:

Every single evening and morning we heard lions roaring nearby and the hyaenas were patrolling the fence looking for scraps.
Obviously people are still feeding them even though signs are posted everywhere asking guests not to.

We had very few good sightings: a fleeting glimpse of about 5 cheetah (mom and large cubs), lion, elephant, but generally the area was very quiet.

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Unread post by Senyetse » Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:33 pm

I would say to be safe a 20 m cord should be sufficient.
The sites are not always clearly marked and if the camp is full you may end up having to squeeze in somewhere far from a power point.
You may also be lucky and find a site right next to a point.
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Unread post by Shidzidzii » Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:12 am

20 meter is enough for most and it must be robust as it crosses a minor road serving the front fence sites (or bury it) .
But an separate extra 10 meter is recomended .

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Unread post by Senyetse » Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:03 pm

We stayed at Maroela in late April this year.
It is right next to Tamboti and is only for caravans and tents (bring your own).
It is a small camp, with the one side overlooking the Timbavati.
There is a communal kitchen with 24 hour boiling water and a communal freezer.
There is power for the camp sites but the sites are not marked so you may sometimes need a long extension cord.
The fact that the camp is so small and only residents are permitted makes this camp special.
It is highly recommended although the routes in the area are not that good.
It is better to head toward Satara way on your drives.
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Re: Maroela : Camping

Unread post by oddesy » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:16 pm

-Are the camp sites demarcated? If so, how?

No the campsites are not demarcated but you should have no problem finding a spot to setup :thumbs_up:

-Are camp sites allocated?

no you just book in and find a spot, even if you arrive late there should be places to setup, maybe not at the fence though

-Are deep freeze faciities still available?

Yes they are still available

Is the camp well lit at night?

No the only lights are from the other campers or fom the kitchen/washup area.

What length extension cords are necessary?

I would take as long a one as you have, just in case.

Best routes for best sightings?

The s39/40 are great for sightings as is the H7, we found from there up (towards olifants)usually gave us more sightings.

Can Maroela residents use the pool at Orpen?

Im not completely sure but i know many people do

Enjoy!it is a special camp :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :D :D
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Re: Maroela

Unread post by Lowveldboy » Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:55 pm

Hi T from another newbie.

Maroela is amazing. But for Campers.

Get there early and set up next to the fence and overlooking the riverbed(mostly dry). Else anywhere overlooking the fence is amazing.

The sightings at night I've had from inside the camp (admittingly more early morning 11pm-3am) includes elephant, lion, hyena, Jackal, porcupine, ciwet, and Wildcat.

Also like woodlin said try Satara (my fav).
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Re: Maroela Satellite Camp

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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