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“great location for game veiwing” 4 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   48 km from Orpen Gate, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa   |  
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sydney. australia
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“great location for game veiwing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2011

i stayed here while doing a 5 day safari with wild wings safaris. it was great to be able to see the waterhole that i had been veiwing on my computer back home in australia via there streaming webcam. they have lots of bungalows some for familys some for singles couples ect,there restaurant was great , nice food, nice grounds,but the location was great for the game veiwing in the kruger national park. i saw lots of different animals so basically only came back to camp each night to eat and sleep.
if you would like to see photo's i have posted some on the wild wings safaris facebook page which is who i booked my trip through.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

I have to agree with a previous reviewer who made the very valid point that you do not go to Kruger for fancy breakfasts and room service. It is all about the animals! Yes, the accommodation is not in any way luxurious; it is basic but sufficient and provided a very authentic and enjoyable experience for us. The restaurant is not brilliant, but it is much more fun to self cater and enjoy a bbq under the South African stars anyway! The overall atmosphere of the restcamp was lovely and the pool was really nice too.

The main thing for us is that in terms of location it is ideal, and on our first day of our self drive we spotted all of the big 5 and so much more. It was amazing. Spotting a leopard in the bush which gradually but spectacularly walked onto the road right in front of our vehicle and stood long enough for us to get some of the most amazing pictures was one of the hightlights of our trip to SA and something I will never forget. Stunning. The previous day we had a similar experience with a pride of lions.

Maybe we were extremely lucky over our 3 days to see the amount of game that we did, but our friends are regular visitors to the Kruger and any time they stay at Satara they have never been disappointed with the game viewing. In terms of cost, I felt the accommodation was reasonable, but in terms of overall experience - it was priceless.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Waterloo, Iowa, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2011

Regrettably, your only choice for lodging within Kruger National Park is a very expensive luxury resort, or one of the government run camps like Satara. We certainly were not expecting luxury, but we were hoping for at least a clean place to sleep. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The floors clearly hadn’t been swept in years, as after walking across it once, my socks turned from white to black. Our air conditioner didn’t work well, and stopped working in the middle of the night. The room was buggy and there were no mosquito nets provided, which is of course a concern in a high malaria risk zone.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sofia Region, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011

The Restcamp has the big advantage of the location. It is in the middle of the Kruger National Park and the area around has quite some population on game. The area is also famous for all the cat-sightings.
We stayed in the Stanley Guesthouse (3 bedrooms, kitchen, living room). As we were close to a waterhole we had frequent visitors (elephants, zebras, wildebeest, hyena, warthogs). The place is nice and the kitchen can provide for appr. 9-10 people. Also the fact that someone is assigned to the place the whole day makes it easier as you do not have to wash dishes, clean up during daytime.
As nice as it is, it will be time for an upgrade of the rooms (especially the bathrooms). These are very old and partly run down. Also the fact that there is no shower (only bath) is a bit annoying. One has to shower with the shower in hand. In times of water-shortages it would be better to enable the guest to shower instead of bath.
Otherwise I must say, that I - 2nd time already – enjoyed my stay.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

Value for money - a great camp - but the main restaurant was dreadful. Next time we will self-cater.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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south west England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

Away from the busier southern end of the park. Satara's central location enabled us to explore several parts of the park in a fairly short visit. The accomodation units are arranged in circles with central green spaces. The units are quite close to each other, with one parking space in between. The gardens are planted with a range of locally native species which attract a great range of bird life and other species. Watch out for the roaming gangs of monkeys however. We woke on day one to find them in our kitchen (which is outside the bungalow), sitting on the worktops and fighting their way into our fridge. Don't leave any food in the cupboards - none of the locks work!

Overall, the accomodation could be described as okay, if a bit "tired". The paintwork and furniture could all have benefitted from a refresh. We stayed in a "luxury" bungalow. The room was considerably smaller than the website photos indicated. If the additional fold out single bed had been needed, it would have been uncomfortably cluttered. The storage space was adequate but as usual there weren't enough hangers in the wardrobe. The safe did not work. We loved watching the swifts come and go from their nest sites in the thatch but could have done without the droppings in the shower and all over the worktops in the kitchen.

The on site restaurant food was very poor. There is a shop selling basic food stuffs as well as souvenirs. We were glad that we had stopped off at a supermarket however, before we entered the park.

The safari guides were fine but we saw almost as much simply by driving ourselves around the park - drive slow, keep quiet and you'll be surpised what you can see. The area immediately around the camp was particularly good for wildlife spotting.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Essex
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

No frills accommodation in thatched rondavel. It was clean and well maintained, signs of some recent up grading, new lights etc. Bathroom fine, kitchen OK - basic utensils only. The camp is quite large and busy, though the accommodations are away from the bustle of the main area. The front desk is in quite a small office, and this soon fills up with people. Shopping facilities OK. There is some building work in a new area of the camp; I think this may be additional facilities.
The main problem I had with this camp was the chaotic restaurant. There is a self-service section, which does not have enough tills for busy times (breakfast, lunch, dinner) leading to very long queues, 15 minutes we experienced. The service section is staffed by people who do not show any signs of wanting to serve you, and in fact try to push you to the self-service section. In the evening there was supposed to be a choice of carvery or menu, but we were told it was only the carvery (self service), later the next table insisted and the menu was available. The carvery food choice was poor and the quality not that great. Avoid this – if you are at this camp then self-catering is the best option.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 48 km from Orpen Gate, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #121 of 144 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Satara Rest Camp 2*
Number of rooms: 165
Also Known As:
Satara Restcamp Hotel Kruger National Park

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