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“Fantastic game viewing, mediocre accomodations” 3 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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Vancouver
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Fantastic game viewing, mediocre accomodations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

This place is tough to rate because the location can’t be beat. Within minutes of doing our first morning self-drive, we encountered cheetahs and leopards. It really seems to be the prime spot for seeing big cats (as well as many other animals). Unfortunately, the chalets are rather mediocre and are definitely showing their age –we were in a BG3 unit with 3 beds and outdoor kitchen. Most of the chalets are set-up in large circular compounds looking into round, grassy, common areas. It’s not terribly scenic or private (however, noise was never a problem). The perimeter cottages certainly look to be more private, but the scenery is nothing spectacular (save your money and efforts for scoring a perimeter cottage at Olifants). If you are self catering, please be aware that beyond basic cooking vessels, dishes and utensils, nothing is supplied - no little packets of coffee, tea, or sugar, nothing in the salt and pepper shakers. You really do need to bring or buy absolutely everything. We never tried the restaurant but it usually looked quite empty. If you want affordable accomodations, and come with the expectation that this is simply a place to hang your hat at night while enjoying some stupendous game viewing, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Booked 2 chalets for myself and 3 sons. Had a great time, watched the rugby world cup under 20 and the spirit very festive. Stunning Scops owl in parking area, units clean and functional. Congratulations to the management and staff. Fantastic sightings including lion, leopard, wild dog, hyena, plus rets of big 5 and much more. Staff at garage especially Esau very helpful with my flat tire, All round an excellent experience,

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

I've been coming to this camp since I was a child, and it didn't disappoint. It still looks the same, feels the same. Admittedly I didn't eat in the restaurant while those in our party who did were left feeling disgruntled by the experience.

Accommodation is basic but the rondavels are clean and it's a delight to open the curtains in the morning and be greeted by a thorn tree full of glossy starlings right outside the window. It's very easy to self cater (we had braais for dinner, fruit and yogurt for breakfast) and so avoid the dangers of the restaurant. Game viewing in the area is stunning, see my photo of elephants viewed from the fence of the camp!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Gold Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

This was our second stay at Satara and is one of our favourite camps. On both stays we booked a Perimeter bungalow with kitchen facilities (BD2V). The bungalow was No.G164

The bungalow overlooked the camp perimeter with great views of passing wild life. On one occasion whilst having breakfast, we watched Eles, Giraffe, Zebra, Impala and Wildebeeste all taking their turn for a drink at the nearby water hole.

The bungalows are basic and we think of them as a little quaint. The rooms have an outside kitchen with table and chairs, pots & pans, crockery and utensils, comfortable beds, air-conditioning, separate shower and toilet with rooms cleaned on a daily basis including fresh towels.

The camp has a restaurant and cafeteria which we ate at on several occasions and offers a variety of good food at reasonable prices.

The shop is well stocked with food and beverages, hardware, clothes, books and giftware.

We made use of the car wash facility located adjacent to the petrol station. About 60 rand for a thorough clean inside and out.

The only negative was the camp washing machines were out of order.

The camp staff were all courteous, friendly and helpful.

SanParks should be commended for the well organised and running of their camps.

The wildlife in this region of Kruger is also prolific which makes this camp a must stay. We could probably say we spotted most of the big 5 every day, if you are into that. Other wildlife spotted included ground hornbills on the S100, hyena with cubs along the H6, 4 lionesses with 4 cubs at the Nsemani Dam, a family of 4 owls in a tree along the S41 and countless herds of eles, Giraffe and Zebra.

Our special sighting was on the S41 early one morning with a lioness lying on the road. After a closer look, there were 2 magnificent male lions at the roadside next to her. After a while all 3 moved and walked down the road for several kilometres, where we just followed them for about 30 minutes before other cars appeared….an outstanding sighting that we will never forget.

This review wouldn’t be complete without a comment on the perimeter waterhole adjacent to the restaurant which attracted the wonderful wildlife to it. The waterhole has its own webcam and can be viewed via the SanParks web site. A special mention is the resident African Scops Owl which can be found in a tree within the reception car park.

For the price and purpose of stay, our personal rating of the overall experience of this camp is a 5 out 5 and a must stay when we return again.

Regards,
Vicki & Rob.

Room Tip: On both stays we booked a Perimeter bungalow with kitchen facilities (BD2V). The bungalow was No.G16...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

ive been a couple times its the best camp for game veiwing saw all the big five cant wait to go back. also inexpensive to eat shop etc becauce of exchange rates

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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

The best camp to exlore the kruger and have big 5 experience.
The camp is like allt he other: state owned, so rooms are very basic. Restaurant is extremely poor.
However you are there for the safari experience, not for luxury !

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Redmond, Washington
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

This was a lovely camp. It was our first trip to Kruger and we couldn't have been happier with the accommodations. My husband and I traveled with another couple, and we each had a one bedroom hut. The location was fantastic for exploring Kruger, and the wildlife was amazing. We self catered and the store had meat and vegetables to throw on the Braai each night. We were there when the lions killed a buffalo near the perimeter fence and it was an incredible experience to be privileged enough to watch the lions and hyenas on the kill. We were all very impressed with the National Park System and the accommodations. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 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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