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Satara Rest Camp
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“Go for wildlife, not accommodation”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

I use satara at least once a year for the last 10 years. The quality has steadily declined. Rooms and kitchen are seldom cleaned to decent standards, rooms are absolute rubbish, and it has become severely over-priced. Staff assistance is non-existent. They do have good facilities (shop,pool, petrol station, game-drive vehicles, restaurant)- the restaurant is not really worth eating at though. The only real reason to stay at satara is the quality of the wildlife in the surrounding areas. Very few areas in the park offer the same quality for game viewing- particularly for big cats and hyena. The traffic at sightings in the surrounding areas though can often ruin the occasion. Some major improvements are needed in order for this camp to be considered satisfiable. Don't let the "you are in the bush" be an excuse for a lack of basic quality and services!

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I stayed at Satara with a friend as part of a Photographic Safari. We had 4 nights at Satara, which had some good facilities - small shop that had food, beverages, souvenirs, a restaurant / pub (I think - didnt use it), petrol station, pool etc.

There are camp grounds there which you could use a tent or camp trailers or bungalows.

We had a bungalow that i shared with my friend. The rooms are basic and as other reviewers have said 'could do with a revamp' but it was clean, tidy, good facilities and it had the best animal sightings. We traveled one day up to Olifants which didnt seem to have nearly the amount of animal sightings as we had almost out the front gate of Satara.

The camp gates closed at 5:30pm sharp which is dusk anyway. I noticed a number of tourist who abused this and came in shortly after, you may get a fine if you do come in late.

So if you go to Kruger I would suggest you ask yourself "are you going for luxury or going to see the most amazing animals in their habitat?"

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Somerset West, South Africa
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The Satara rest camp is very large, with circles (A-D) of rooms facing the middle. Each room has single bed, a bathroom and an outdoor kitchen. The amenities are basic, but very neat and clean. The restaurant is quite large and has a variety of dishes, which are quite pricey but also basic. Don't expect any gourmet meals here. It has got a very pleasant view and is quite pretty. The shop is very large, and you will find whatever you need there, although the prices are also quite steep. I would suggest taking your own food and preparing it at your room rather. I must commend the game ranger who took us on a game drive, however. Yolanda was very knowledgeable about the game, and gave us insight into the whys and hows. She even spotted a leopard who was trying to catch a few winks. I highly recommend the morning game drive!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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aisaac
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

the employees are great, the accommodations could use an upgrade. Our bungalow was clean, but really basic for the price. Loved the outdoor kitchen - - - as did the birds who joined me in cooking breakfast. Was a fun experience.
I do NOT recommend the night game drive. Poor at best. Just a driver who doubled as a guide. Guests had to be spotters! If the 2 lions we saw hadn't been lying in the road I doubt that we would have seen them! Don't waste your money!!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Great location bungalow could do with a revamp but fridge worked and room comfortable, great location for game drives and wonderful experience being able to drive yourself around the park.
The room was comfortable but hot plates needed knobs fixing.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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South Africa
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

This camp is in need of an overhaul.

The huts are old and basic. I don't mind that so much but there is only 1 power outlet in the rooms, and it is the air-con socket near the top of the wall, which means there is no socket for laptops etc.

Also the cooking area is outside. Most huts had 2 external lights but ours only had one - this made it impossible to cook at night cos it was too dark to see the stove.

The quaity of the dining in the camp restaurant was also very lousy. It was apparently like school dinner food, but far from school dinner prices! My travel partner told me this; I was unable to eat there since they do not have any non-lacto vegetarian food. Very poor.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

I have been lucky enough to visit Kruger Park since 1995 and Satara is by far my favourite rest camp.

You are far enough from Skukuza that seeing other cars on the roads is less frequent.

There is a greater variety of game to see at Satara and excellent and reasonably priced morning and night drives.

The accommodation has seen better days but is clean and comfortable.

Food is reasonably priced, especially breakfast but over the last 18 months the evening menu has deteriorated - I'm told because of waiting to change contractors...

All in all an excellent experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Satara Rest Camp
Address: | 48 km from Orpen Gate, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #96 of 174 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 165
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 
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