Grootfontein Marula Campsite Review

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Nature Reserve is in the Waterberg around 3 hours drive from Johannesburg and he closest town is Thabazimbi. The reserve offers rustic bush lodge-style accommodation, camping, hiking, birding, 4×4 trails.

The Marula 3-stand camp definitely caters to the self-sufficient enthusiast. The stands are decently spaced from each other but fairly small. The entire camp can be rented by one party as well.

You can comfortably fit ground, roottops tents and offroad trailers but you’ll struggle to fit a full offroad caravan. Regardless of the campsite you choose, the views from the koppie is spectacular

There is a nice boma with firepit, chairs and tables and an adjacent small scullery. A nice touch is complementary firewood provided at the boma (enclosure / corral).

There is a lovely little splashpool to provide some reprieve from the heat.

If you’re looking for a hot shower though the bathrooms are fairly basic but neat and clean and provide a flushing toilet, basin and shower. The shower has a paraffin water heater that works surprisingly well. Just be sure when you arrive to get instructions from Jailos or Patrick on how to operate it.

The reserve has many winding 4×4 tracks, nothing too difficult but it isn’t sing-posted and you don’t get a map. This may lead you into many rough cut and dead-end tracks so be prepared for some additional pin stripes to your car.

Although the reserve has Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeast, Nyala, Bushbuck and more, animals are skittish, probably because this is a hunting reserve.

As I mentioned though, there are many other activities to keep you well occupied during your stay.

Probably the biggest attractions for me are the spectacular views, these will certainly bring me back here again.


Bookings can be made through email or telephone;

Tel: +27 (0)71 569 5611



Firewood is provided

Mobile signal is intermittent