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Satara Rest Camp
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was one of the nicest camps that I visited in Kruger NP. I really enjoyed the fact that you can camp right next to the rest camp fence - effectively allowing you to spot animals when you least expect it!
It has a good restaurant with friendly staff...an expensive shop where you can buy your basic foodstuffs and a few other items.
Reception seemed a bit disorganized when more than 2 or 3 people come into the office at once...but this is Africa after all. Otherwise they were all friendly and helpful. In fact, when I found out that the power plug in our campsite wasn't working they managed to get someone there to fix it before dark.
Campsites were quite nice...not much shade, so if you are camping, might want to take soem form of gazebo or something. Swimming pool is handy when summer comes and heat rises above 30 degrees C.
Game viewing was really great here...big herds of elephants and good chances of seeing big cats.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the stay at Satara. Only thing I would change is if I had more money I would have enjoyed staying in one of the chalets.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Cape2Addo
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We spent three nights here and were pleasantly surprised with the chalets. They weren't luxurious but had a nice atmosphere inside and were quite comfortable. We were with friends whose parents live in South Africa and the parents came with their camp trailer and camped. That area looked quite nice. They even had a community area where one could take dishes and wash them in a sink. We saw plenty of wild animals driving on mostly dirt roads surrounding this camp. When we left Kruger we drove down by Skukuza and didn't see any game. We also drove one day up to Oliphant and that looked very nice. One night a herd of elephants came by the fence and drank at the tank. Another night a herd of cape buffalo came by also. The restaruant was average. I took the early morning hike which was okay but don't know if I would recommend it. It was $40 and even though we saw some hippos, zebra and cape buffalo, they were far off. Saw much more in the car.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

The location of Satara Rest Camp was ideal for game viewing. Since there aren't really many other lodging options in this part of Kruger National Park, I do recommend staying here. We had a perimeter rondavel, which is probably one of the best rooms you can get at Satara, too. We also went on an enjoyable, and inexpensive, sunset game drive at the rest camp. So, overall, our experience was good. The only drawback was that the room was well worn and needed some deep cleaning and minor maintenance. I imagine most of the rest camp facilities in Kruger are similarly maintained since they are gov't-owned facilities. So, unless you're willing to pay much, much more for a private game lodge, Satara is probably about as good as it gets in Kruger for a game-viewing vacation. (The game viewing truly is spectacular around Satara.) Just be prepared for very basic, well-worn accommodations.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank RichandBrenda
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Satara is a good rest camp in kruger NP. There is evidently plenty of big game in the area and the game drives and walks are well worth doing. Tevin, who took us on a sunset drive was superb and great fun - we spotted plenty of animals including lions, leopards, cheetah and hyaena! The swimming pool was nice, although underused. As with all the rest camps the price is very reasonable and the food was average (though inexpensive). Self catering facilities available but you need pretty much all your own stuff. Well stocked and decently priced shop. Just a bit less of a natural feel than some other rest camps - maybe due to the size?

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Joe-p-01
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Satara is an awesome camp, in a good wildlife sightings viewpoint.
All the accommodation in the park is average, but you are in the middle of the bush, and luxury is not the main goal. The chalets are comfortable and exactly what you need once there.
The great bush atmosphere in the evenings make up for the luxury shortages.
There is abundant wildlife in the area, and if you are looking for the big 5, you should come here.
Your chances of spotting them here is better.
The service is a bit slow though, and never expect anything to happen quickly.
There is a nice swimming pool which is a lifesaver in the summer.
I would recommend to rather braai at your chalet, under the stars, than eat at the restaurant.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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