The camp itself is OK, fairly typical of the larger Kruger camps. The bungalow we had was very comfortable with a huge outside area and had obviously been upgraded fairly recently. The restaurant area is pleasant overlooking a lawned area. We only used the snackbar during our stay and that has the standard Kruger snackbar menu - burgers, pasta, various breakfasts etc. The staff there we found pleasant.
Unique Quality: The camp has it's own resident Scops Owl which we found in the tree outside in the car park or roosting in the restaurant!
What makes this place special is what lies right outside the gates....the game viewing in this area is excellent and as such this camp is a great choice for any trip to Kruger, because at the end of the day that's what you go for!
The S100 is a great road to drive mornings and evenings. There are usually a lot of big cats to be seen in this area.
This is one of the largest and busiest camps here, it is not far from the Orpen gate so better to select this one for camping if you can. The location is in the centre of the park and from here you can drive north or south very easy.
Satara is the lion rest camp. Some of the highest density of lion can be found aroud Satara due to the savannah and large herds of buffalow, wildebeest, and zebra. Satara has all the amenities like the other rest camps. It is not as charming as many of the other camps, however, it’s location to so many good roads for game viewing makes it one of the best if not the best. There are many good loops with waterholes around Satara. You may find hyena, leopard, large herds of elephant, bufallow, zebra, and wildebeest.
Unique Quality: Restaurant
Good bathroom and shower facilities
Kitchen (electric stove, hot water)
Directions: Satara is located in the center part of the park. The nearest gate is the Orphen gate.
Satara Rest Camp is Kruger Park's second largest rest camp, behind Skukuza. It offers pretty much the same amenities as Skukuza, from basic tent sites to luxury guest houses, restaurant, gift shop, general store and of course, the game drives and walks.
Unique Quality: Our bungalow at Satara was pretty much the same as the one at Skukuza, but cost a little less: R395, plus R120 per person daily park admission, for a total of R635 (about $95 USD). Again, we got 2 twin beds instead of a double or queen.
Satara was also the only camp where we heard lions roaring at night! There were elephants a-plenty on the night game drive as well!
Directions: Satara is in the southern-middle section of Kruger Park.
Satara camp is situated around the lower middle of the Kruger park and it is one of the biggest camps! Unfortunately this means there are a hell of a lot of people about, when the park gates open at 6 am there is a queue of cars and you are more likely to run into other cars during your drives. Also some of the other people in the camp are quite noisy! Saying that I had probaly the best sightings around this camp and overall I was happy with my time there! Personally I would try to book into the smaller camps first, unfortunately there was some kind of UNESCO conference in JoBerg at the time and the Kruger was pretty much full!
The buffet dinner is good, probably one of the better buffet style dinners I have had! Mostly we had BarBQ outside our 'huts', which was great! Each hut has its own fridge and BBQ! Just lock your fridge at night as the Honey Badger may try to get in there!!
Unique Quality: Roaring Lions! You can hear the lions roaring in the middle of the night! Even though they are a few kms away! Apparently this camp is a good base for lion sightings! This was certainlt true while I was there!
Our first night's accommodation in Kruger was at Satara Camp, about 100 km (60 miles) east of the park gate closest to Sabie. Despite this relatively short distance on a great paved road, it took us two and a half hours to arrive at our destination! This was because of the abundance of African game that assaulted us from all sides only moments after entering the park! We simply had to stop to observe and, in some cases, follow or stop completely as game either walked down the road or crossed it! As with all the Game Park camps, Satara is very well set-up with lodgings, restaurant, shops for essentials and a laundromat. Because darkness falls early in Africa, you must be in camp by 6 PM because that is when the gates are closed and the electrified fence is activated to protect you in your cocoon for the night! After all, you are intruding in a wild game area, and the night is theirs!
Unique Quality: Our rondavel (African for a circular grass-thatched hut) came complete with two single beds, en-suite bathroom/shower, air-conditioning and ceiling fan as well as an outside kitchen area consisting of a sink, refrigerator, stove and table/chairs. We paid 220 Rand (US $60) for these great lodgings!
Directions: Close to the southern end of the Park.
Alongside Skukuza, one of the older camps in Kruger.
Chalets are built in large circles around central open spaces.
The camp is currently being refurbished, and the look of the new chalets are great, with some extra attention paid to privacy on the patio, and better bathroom layout etc. inside.
Unique Quality: Great location in the center of the park, and loads of options for good game drives around.
Satara has accomodation, a campground, shop, restaurant, cafetaria and petrolstation. The campground is far to big to be nice in our humble opinion.
Unique Quality: The area around Satara is known for its abundant wildlife.
Directions: Satara is in central Krugerpark.
Kruger National Park, Nelspruit, 1350, South Africa
Kruger National Park, 1380, South Africa
Mpumalanga, PO Box 30, White River, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, 1351, South Africa
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Address: Near the center of Kruger, South Africa