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“Accommodation OK, forget the restaurant……”
Review of Satara Rest Camp

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Satara Rest Camp
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“Accommodation OK, forget the restaurant……”
Reviewed September 7, 2010

No frills accommodation in thatched rondavel. It was clean and well maintained, signs of some recent up grading, new lights etc. Bathroom fine, kitchen OK - basic utensils only. The camp is quite large and busy, though the accommodations are away from the bustle of the main area. The front desk is in quite a small office, and this soon fills up with people. Shopping facilities OK. There is some building work in a new area of the camp; I think this may be additional facilities.
The main problem I had with this camp was the chaotic restaurant. There is a self-service section, which does not have enough tills for busy times (breakfast, lunch, dinner) leading to very long queues, 15 minutes we experienced. The service section is staffed by people who do not show any signs of wanting to serve you, and in fact try to push you to the self-service section. In the evening there was supposed to be a choice of carvery or menu, but we were told it was only the carvery (self service), later the next table insisted and the menu was available. The carvery food choice was poor and the quality not that great. Avoid this – if you are at this camp then self-catering is the best option.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2010

We stayed at this restcamp for only one night but if we ever return to Kruger I would have no doubts about returning to Satara. There are LOTS of animals to be seen in the area around the camp, the bungalows are basic but they are clean, have more than enough space for two people (with a child it may be a little cramped), the shop is well stocked and the atmosphere at night is lovely. The bungalows are situated in a circle with 10-15 others all facing inwards. There is enough space between each bungalow so as not to feel overlooked, but are close enough to see everyone cooking on their barbeques and sat out in the small patio area.

I have seen a few bad reviews regarding the restaurant but have to admit that we never tried it.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ahmedabad
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

Reasonably priced so we didn't expect much but not being able to accommodate our suitcases as well as the couch bed (for our 12 year old) was a bit of a drawback. The veranda-kitchenette made up for it though (especially as we didn't have to battle with mossies at that time of year). Unlike Skukuza this camp is smaller and therefore quieter - remoter too - which we preferred.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Southern California
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Reviewed April 24, 2010

Look, you don't go to Kruger Park for room service or fantastic breakfast. You go there to see the magnificent wildlife! Most Rest Camps in Kruger have a store, a restaurant, an ATM, etc, and accommodations. Satara camp bungalows are set in rings. Each bungalow has a parking space next to it for your rental car and an outdoor covered patio with a fridge and bbq stand about 10 feet away. Rent a bungalow with private/en suite bathroom and you will have all you need (rent one with "perimeter view" and you will have privacy and a view of more wildlife in the evenings, as animals roam the perimeter fence at night). Look at the accommodations in Kruger as budget hotel, but you are right in the middle of everything! A rental car and a reservation at Satara is all you need to get started on a do it yourself safari

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Prague
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Reviewed November 23, 2009

Very very basic accomodation, expect NO luxury
The service is lousy, if not existing, the food is worst than fast food
the bathroom is old....

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2009

We travelled to Satara for a day visit. We did not visit this part of the park before and was looking forward to it. The view of the waterhole and the animals there, were great.But this is as far as it goes.We ordered breakfast and was terribly disappointed. My children did not touch their burgers and my breakfast was just awful. The mushrooms tasted days old and the bacon looked so un appertising. The service was appalling. This is the kruger park. Surely the standard should be very high considering we are gearing up for 2010. I love the park and have visit on many occasions. we have no complaints about Skukuza and Lower sabi. But Satara, I dont think I would want to visit you again. While we were on holiday at Hoedspruit we ate a lovely restaurant called the Safari club at the Raptors View Estate. The service and the food was exemplary. Someone at management level should visit the establishment and take a leaf out of their book.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 17, 2009

We stayed in one of the small cabins in Satara and found it to be clean and accomodating. Compared to the canvassed tent from the previous night it was downright luxury. The kitchen it outdoors, but the cabins are in a circle around a large courtyard where plenty of others are cooking and grilling, and since the camp is fenced you have little chance of animals bothering you.

Although areas south of the camp might be a little better for wildlife viewing, this camp is still a great location and we saw rhino, hyena, a jackal, and many other animals within very close proximity to the camp. The water hole nearby had more animals than we saw anywhere else.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Satara Rest Camp

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 #95 of 171 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
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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