Maroela Satellite Camp
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Lovely campsites on the border of the rest camp72 x tent or caravan sites with power point available.
Cozy huts for a maximum of 3 people – Favorite amongst locals69 x 3-bed units available
Spacious family units for up to 6 people – Best Value for money23 x 6 bed units available
Perfect option for the traveller looking for luxury including breathtaking views.2 x Guest houses available
Maroela Satellite Camp is a tremendously special place to stay when you are visiting the Kruger National Park. Surrounded by quiet untouched nature, far from the inhabited hustle and bustle of one of the main camps, Maroelais rustic in every way. This tiny camp is situated on the Timbavati River, high up in the western Kruger National Park and remains one of the best places to spot wildlife
Some of the camp basics that you can expect when you book your stay at Maroela includes:
As with most satellite camps, there are no shops or places to eat, and there is no reception office.
Maroela Satellite Camp is roughly 4km away from Orpen Rest Camp while the Eastgate airport, which has daily flights, is located about 68km from Orpen
The Kruger National Park is filled with all kinds of camps, offering a variety of comfortable accommodation options. Satellite camps are named such because they are generally located close to a mainrest camp, where guests can book into their accommodation, shop for supplies, fill up on fuel, and grab a bite to eat before the camps close.
Satellite camps are designed tobe completely communal and rustic. There are few buildings in these camps, and instead of having a wide variety of accommodation options, such as bungalows, huts and the like, you will need to pack your tent and everything else you could need. Be sure to plan your stay in the Kruger as you would any other proper camping trip
While most of the main camps in the Kruger have at least a little history, most of these smaller satellite camps don’t. The name of the camp derives from the Afrikaans word for the Marula tree. The tree is indigenous to this part of the world and it is known for its medicinal properties as well as its ritual purposes. The fruits of this tree can be eaten, and are quite popular with theelephants living in Marula filled areas.
As far as staying in this camp goes, camping in a tent is your only option. This camp is quite small compared to others, and it has only about 20 spaces for camping. Guests will need to share a kitchen, a refrigerator and an ablution facility, but seeing as most of your day will be spent out on a self-drive safari, the lack of facilities shouldn’t be a big issue.Maroela is the only camp in the Kruger that is exclusively for tents and caravans
Visitors staying at this camp can spot animals right from their tents, as the camp is enclosed with a safe but simple metal wire fence. At night, animals are lured to the fences by the smells of cooking braai meat.
When you are not our enjoying a safari, you can always do some animal watching from the camp. There is a viewing platform that looks out over the Timbavati River below.
Based on the small size of the camp, and the fact that there are only 20camping sites available, your stay here will be far more relaxing than you’d think. Maroela is a quiet camp, with few campers in the area at any given time.
The campsites are placed well apart from one another which gives you more than enough privacy. So even though the camp is small in comparison, it is never overcrowded. Each camping spot has a power point and each site is capable of accommodating up to 6 people. If you are camping with a small tent, you may be allowed to have more than 1 tent per site, provided that guests number no more than 6 people
As this is a satellite camp, the reception area is located at Orpen camp. Guests will have to check in at this rest camp.
Maroela Camp is perfect for backpackers, and other camping travellers, and when staying here self-catering is the only open, so be sure to pack accordingly!This is a true bushveld camp.
Regardless of which camp you will be staying in when visiting the Kruger, there is abunch of information that you might just find helpful in your planning.
The Kruger is home to one of the most diverse wildlife populations in the world. Hundreds of species of all kinds can be seen here, and that is just the animals. Insects, reptiles and a variety ofplants can also be found in the park. Sometimes, animalscan venture into camps. Although it is very rare, should you come across a wild animal, it’s best to avoid tryingto approach it. Instead, you should alert camp officials.
Spiders, snakes and scorpions go largely unseen but they can sometimes be more dangerous than a wild animal. These little creatures can cause a nasty, painful bite, and if they are venomous, you could be in a worldof trouble. Whenever you are walking around your camp, especially when in a satellite camp, you should always have your shoes on. At night, have a torch on hand to light your way.
Regardless of which Kruger camp you find yourself in, you will be staying in a malaria area. Malaria is a virus carried by mosquitoes, and it is especially prevalent in hot and humid places, like the Kruger. Having a mosquito net is a good idea, but it can be a difficult camping accessory.
The best preventative measure you can take is to have the right medication. You’ll have to visit the doctor to get your hands on the medication. Malaria symptoms only present themselves a few weeks after infection.
The climate and the intense temperatures are another factorto take into consideration. Summer stays in the park are characterised by hot day time temperatures while the nights can be quite humid and uncomfortable. Even in the middle of winter, once that African sun has risen, the days are never quite frigidly cold. Summer in the Kruger also means massive thunderstorms and torrential downpours, particularly in December and January. This can lead to localised flooding and sometimes low lying bridges can become unpassable. Under no circumstances should you try to cross a flooded bridge. During winter you should pack something warm. The nights can get quite cold.
When planning your self-drive, take note that the best times to be out are early in the morning and then again later in the afternoon. Avoid the midday heat. Travelling around the park in a hot car can get tiresome and take thefun out of exploring
When staying so close to Orpen Rest Camp, you get to see diverse animalsand plant life. Some of the plants in the area include your typical bushveld plants such as tall acaciasand the characteristic marula trees after which the camp is named. The camp is also surrounded by small rock gardens, filled with aloes and Barberton daisies.
Guests enjoying self-drive safaris can spot giraffe, impala, elephant and warthog. Lion, cheetah and leopard are also commonly spotted close to the camp. The nights spent at Maroela camp are especially lovely, as the nocturnal creatures will the air with their unique calls