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Satara Rest Camp
Reviewed 9 August 2014

The accommodation was adequate for our purposes. No complaints, In fact the outside kitchen was very lekke and we had great fun here.
I felt like I was in a bit of a tourist trap though.
The day we arrived, we went to the shop, and there were queues being directed to the till points, Felt like the Woolworths store back home. The prices of supplies seemed to be slightly higher than anywhere else in the park, but for the wood which appear to be a standard R30 per bag. On the up side, the shop was very well stocked and we could get meat and ribs that had not been frozen!!
Our evening drive was great - we managed to get up close and personal with a pair of cheetah. Book the Sanparks drives if you can - the rangers have access to private roads!!!
Having said everything about the touristy flavour, the camp had a great lively vibe about it - an excitement in the air. The perimeter accommodation looked fun and I think I would consider staying here again! Oh and lots and lots of birds!!

Room Tip: The perimeter bungalows accommodation looked fun. Take everything you can in to avoid the high shop...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

stopped for breakfast, it now has a mug and bean and a debonair pizza. we had a mug and bean breakfast. there were only about 10 other customers and quite a lot more staff. bacon and tomato was cold so probably all cooked in advance, eggs were served incorrectly, just an easy breakfast messed up. just no attention to detail.
in the mean time kruger staff were being loud loading something.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank filip l
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

These were simple huts with soft mattresses and surprisingly not too cold at night. There were screens for bugs but one was broken. Despite being in a malaria zone, there were not many mosquitoes to be seen. We picked this camp due to its proximity to game. We did not hear any lions roar in the night but our lion sighting was close to the camp. The night ride, which was recommended to us, sadly lacked a lion sighting but we did see hippos, civets, jackals, porcupines, and rhinos. Of note, there was only a communal kitchen in our entire compound although we had our own grill to use.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Janet M
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

After spending 3 nights at Lower Sabie we were slightly disappointed when we arrived at Satara. The communal areas (gardens, reception etc) in the camp feel a bit "tired". Staff were efficient but not overly friendly. Staff at the car wash were extremely unhelpful and should rather give their jobs up for people who want a job! Pool and jungle gym area for the kids to play. Kids loved the open air movies every night. The Mugg and Bean was lovely. Their staff were well trained and friendly. Meals were great, and a stunning view of the waterhole was the cherry on the top. Well stocked shop.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Our family spent two nights at Satara as part of a Kruger trip in July.
1. Game viewing - "Everyone says" that Satara is one of the best spots for game viewing and we agree! The landscape around Satara is more open than elsewhere in the park - in out two nights we saw lions, elephants, rhinos, jacket, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest and lots of other smaller stuff.
2. Accommodation - We stayed a 5-sleeper family bungalow that was very spacious with a huge very well equipped kitchen, a nice big stoep to eat on. Overall comfy and clean.
3. Restaurant - The newly-opened Mugg and Bean had the same menu as everywhere else and was fine for a toasted sandwich in the morning.
4. Swimming Pool - even in July it was warm enough for my 3-year old daughter to swim one day in the well-maintained pool.
Will definitely be back.

Room Tip: The five-sleeper bungalows are huge and very well equipped.
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Stayed here two nights with teen son on month tour of Southern Africa. We loved this camp and stayed in one of the cottages which was spacious, comfortable and clean. Enjoyed both night and morning game drives offered through the main office, seeing leopard, lion, cheetah, hyena, and lots of other terrific game sightings. Our guides were exceptional on these drives. We had several good meals in the restaurants but evening meals were cooked in the well-equipped kitchen and braii of our cottage. By the way, we did not have reservations nor had planned to stay at this rest camp but our rental car broke down in the middle of an afternoon drive between camps and we had to be towed (by the kindest, most giving Australian couple) to Satara, the nearest rest camp, and we were graciously accomodated by the wonderful, kind staff here. Car rental company got the new car to us at this camp and off we went our African adventure. We loved visiting with all the great fellow travelers in the cottages near us, great communal feeling in the evenings.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank prissyhorse
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

I like Satara a lot - we had a bungalow with outdoor kitchenette (no oven, but there is a braai). It was spotlessly clean and as described on SanParks website. Great location for wildlife viewing. Everything was good!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Satara Rest Camp

Address: | 48 km from Orpen Gate, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #102 of 178 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: £69 - £614 (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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Satara Restcamp Hotel Kruger National Park

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