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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Satara is a busy camp, and not without reason. It is situated in an excellent game viewing area, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse. The camp itself has a rustic charm, with the bulk of the accommodation set out in a series of circles. Satara is well wooded and the bird-life is prolific. At night the clink of fruit bats is fused with the chirping of cicadas and crickets. The calls of owls and nightjars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyena, the screech of jackal and the roars of lion. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Satara Restcamp Hotel Kruger National Park