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Satara Rest Camp
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed in Satara Restcamp for one night October 2013. The camp has a great location for game viewing, especially if you want to see big cats like lions, leopards & cheetahs. The camp has a nice feeling and the standard of the rondavels are okay, nothing fancy to expect though. The rondavel was functional with one big room, three beds and a bathroom. A little bit dated and in need for some paint and new curtains. There is a fridge at the patio with a table and chairs. You also have a “brai” - barbecue just outside the door.

The restaurant at the camp is quite alright, the open outside part had a nice feeling and good service. The food was okay, but nothing special. Do not forget to bring a torch, because it is really dark when you walk back to the rondavel in the evening. The reception staff when checking in/out was not so interested or helpful. There is a shop opposite the reception, with souvenirs and food. However the selection of groceries etc was limited and they seemed to have run out of supplies.

It is a camp with a good location, and we could easily have stayed a couple more of nights to explore the surroundings. Compared to Skukuza, where we also stayed, we preferred Satara due to the feeling of the camp.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank MaGuLi
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

As is often the case in Africa, the layout and vibe of the camp is great, but no-one at SANPARKS seems to give a hoot about maintaining standards. Chalets have the basic requirements, but everything is tired, worn out and the doors and walls were downright filthy! Curtains were dusty, faded and falling down. Beds and pillows clean and comfy though. And the birdlife at this camp is awesome!
I don't want to spend time in fancy, overpriced, artificial, luxury lodges, but SANPARKS restcamps generally are overpriced for the poor standard of cleanliness and service provided. The only reason they're still used at all is because of their spectacular and wonderful position in one of the most spectacular places on earth. I just wish someone would take control and bring everything up to basic but modern (European?) standards.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank M-L0
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Satara Rest Camp is a basic camp, with poor service and low quality food. So I have to agree with other contributors (especially bbbrutus). However, you should try to minimize your time in the camp and maximize time to be in the park. The wildlife is great and the Game Drives here are as good as others in the Kruger Park. The guides are qualified and can tell you a lot.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sander D
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Unfriendly staff who don't really care if you are there. Restaurant food was poor quality; staff tried to be helpful but misunderstood our orders each meal. Location is good and bungalow was appropriately quaint. If the staff were more friendly and helpful this place would have far better reviews, kindness and appreciation for customers go a long way.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank CaraP_travels
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Accommodation - Staff are poorly organised and on "African time", give yourself time to check in. We had to go check ourselves if the bungalow has been cleaned and then report back to reception to get our keys. The windows didn't close properly and could allow someone to get into the room if they wanted.
Restaurant - Staff could barely speak English, got orders wrong, charged for wrong orders. It took them 20 minutes to serve yogurt and muesli.
Game Drive - The guide was knowledgeable however there were no big cats or any animals besides antelope on the 3 hour ride.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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