Maroela camp is a caravan and camping site situated on the Timbavati River just down the road from the very popular Tamboti Tented Camp. This camp is one of only two camps in the Park that exclusively caters for caravaners and camping guests. The highlight of this camp is watching game congregate at the small watering hole located just on the other side of the fence. There is also a rustic viewing platform overlooking the Timbavati River in the camp.
The benefits of this camp are that it is situated right near Orpen Gate, making it a convenient place to stay on the way into or out of the park; it is relatively small campsite with 24 sites, so it shouldn’t feel too crowded during busy periods; power points are available; one of its fences runs along the Tamboti River providing great views; and it has a communal kitchen with one freezer for general use and a clean ablution block.
Just remember that Maroela doesn’t have any of the conveniences of the larger camps, like petrol filling station, shop or restaurant facilities, so you need to be relatively self-sufficient or visit nearby Orpen Restcamp to stock up. Also, there are no designated sites, so campsites are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.
While the camp wasn’t busy when we passed through, we liked its quiet ambience and setting and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.