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Satara Rest Camp
Reviewed January 28, 2014

My trip was self drive through Kruger National Park.
This was a simple clean basic accommodation. This is not a resort or a private game park lodge.

They do have a couple of stores and a cafe. Open air cinema. You do need to make sure you are there by gate closing time as with any of the camps in Kurger.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Satara camp is and old camp and fairly run down and would need some renovation very soon. Its major asset is its location in the best game viewing part of the Kruger (lion country).
The rondavels (round huts) situated on the perimeter do have a nice view and yes, you really can see animals like hyienas and antilopes go by just on the other side of the fence, only meters away. The major problem with these rondavels especially for foreigners is that they are tiny: just walking space around the bed and nowhere to put your suitcases. There are other room types but not on the perimeter.
We did not try the restaurant, but they have a well stocked supermarket where you can find everything you need to have a BBQ or braii as they say in Africa.
You have an outside kitchen on your balcony. You really need to lock the metal door which protects the fridge otherwise monkeys will come and steal everything and leave you a big mess.
There is no wifi even at the reception.
Satara also has a gas station and you really need to top up here.

Room Tip: Perimeter rooms (BD2V) have a view of the bush and animals if you are lucky. They have a private out...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We had a family unit for 5 adults so size was excellent. Well maintained but not properly cleaned. As usual, forget about the restaurant - you need to braai. This is Kruger.
Night drive staff were a disgrace. First night truck did not start and no backup. Could have happened 20 km into the park - radio did not work. Second afternoon the guide knew next to nothing, and her assistant, Moira, was a complete waste of space. Some basic historical and environmental training would have helped. Even a guide book would be better! As usual, foreign tourists also get ripped off by the levy equivalent to the accomodation fees

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Cosmoss
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Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Fresh ingredienrs for a juicy chicken burger. Very quick and friendly service which is great seeing that we have to exit the park at kruger gate before closing time. Would have been great if they had fans at the restaurant. It is very hot and humid in summer.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
Thank Karien l
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

We were 1 night in Satara Rest Camp and 2 nights in Lower Sabie Rest Camp. Same price per night, but what a difference in their amenities. In Satara, the bungalow was not clean, with significant amount of spider webs, mosquito nets in very poor condition around windows, air conditioning out of use… We didn’t feel any welcome; we felt as if we were a number amongst other customers. A contrario, in Lower Sabie Rest Camp, we had a welcome and service, all was clean and equipment were functional. Even service and quality of food at their restaurant, which offers the same menu, were different. It was average in Satara and good in Lower Sabie. Amazing, they both are based on the same concept, are using a very similar architecture and are managed by Kruger National Park. Where is the error?

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AlainPieL
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay here. While we unpacked the car the baboons watched us almost as if deciding what they would like for supper. The fridge is set behind a locked metal cage, which is certainly needed. Our bungalow was one with a view and I would highly recommend this, number 164.

We braaied our own food and then went to the restaurant for an evening drink which was cooling. Take a torch as it can get dark between the huts and the main areas. There is a well stocked shop with both souvenirs and groceries. The swimming pool area looks really good. I would definitely return here.

Room Tip: Perimeter view bungalow 164.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jules0131
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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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Additional Information about 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 175 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: $90 - $1,112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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