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Satara Rest Camp

Satara is one of the main rest camps and the third biggest in Kruger National Park (KNP) which is located in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo province of South Africa.  The camp is situated in the centre of the park close to the Open gate entrance.

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
6 Sleeper - Camping (CK6)

*Excludes camping equipment

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R522 for 2 persons
 R675 for 3 persons
 R825 for 4 persons
 R975 for 5 persons
 R1125 for 6 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, Communal Ablutions, Powerpoint

Exclude: Camping Equipment, Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
2 Sleeper - Bungalow (BG2)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R2295 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 2 single beds,  Airconditioned, communal kitchen

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
2 Sleeper - Bungalow (BD2)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R2595 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 2 single beds,  Airconditioned, Fridge, Hotplate, Sink Utensils

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
2 Sleeper - Bungalow (BD2N)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R2595 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 2 single beds, Airconditioned, Barbeque Facilities, Kitchenette

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
2 Sleeper - Bungalow (BD2V)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R2795 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 2 single beds, Airconditioned, Fridge, Hotplate Perimeter View, Sink, Utensils 

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
3 Sleeper - Bungalow (BD3B)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R2295 for 3 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 3 single beds, Airconditioned, Fridge, Hotplate Perimeter View, Sink, Utensils 

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
5 Sleeper - Guest Cottage (GC5)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R5095 for 5 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds,  1 bedroom with 3 single beds, Airconditioned, Kitchen 

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
6 Sleeper - Guest Cottage (GC6B)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R5895 for 6 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds,  1 bedroom with 3 single beds, Airconditioned, Kitchen 

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
6 Sleeper - Wells Guest House (GH6)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R9395 for 6 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 3 bedroom with 2 single beds,  Airconditioned, Kitchen 

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
9 Sleeper - Stanley Guest House (GH9)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024R12995 for 9 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite,  3 bedrooms each with 3 single beds, Airconditioned Kitchen

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Satara Rest Camp - Self Catering
10 Sleeper - Rudy Frankel Guest House (GH10)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R14395 for 10 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite,  5 bedrooms each with 2 single beds, Airconditioned Kitchen

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals

Overview

Satara is a popular and busy camp as the surrounding area offer excellent game viewing. The bush is relatively flat and open, and the animals are plentiful and diverse. The camp is known as the cat camp as the big cats such as lion, cheetah, and leopard is often seen in the area.

The camp’s name was given by an Indian surveyor who measured out the area with the aim of creating farms. Once done the area was named Satara which is the Hindu word for 17, which probably meant it was the 17 area he surveyed. Luckily, it was never turned into farmland. Before this happened, Paul Kruger set up the foundation for what became known as Kruger National Park.

Staying in any of the camps of the KNP is a top experience where you can be guaranteed to see the Big 5. It is one of the more affordable safari vacations that you can book in South Africa.

The camp offers a variety of accommodation to choose from and it also has a designated day visitor area where day visitors and visitors from other camps can braai (barbecue) and picnic.

Booking accommodation can be done online via the SANParks website, telephone, fax, e-mail or in person at a KNP bookings office.

Why would you want to visit Satara?

Spending a few days in the Satara camp provides a true African experience like few other and is definitely something to add to your safari vacation.

Satara is the preferred camp to stay in if you have any hope of seeing lions, leopards and cheetahs. The area around the camp is incredibly fertile and the lush grass attracts all kinds of antelope, which makes it the perfect hunting ground for the cats, especially around the Muzandenzi area.

Satara is perfectly situated and offers many routes in the area for self-drives. Going out on an open vehicle safari is the preferred way to see animals but visitors can also opt to sit quietly at one of the dams or in front of the restaurant area which has a waterhole on the outside of the fence, and watch the animals come and go.

The camp offers great bird watching opportunities as it provides a walking route on the inside perimeters of the camp. You will get a general offering of fauna and flora and being close to animals that you might catch a glimpse of on the other side of the electrified fence.

Where is Satara located?

Satara is located in the middle of the KNP, about 48 km from the Orpen entrance gate. The GPS coordinates for the camp is S 24 23′ 52″ E 31 46′ 40″.

How to get to Satara

Travelling time from Johannesburg to the closest entrance gate at Orpen by car is at least four to five hours.

Take the N4 and head toward Nelspruit taking the R540 Belfast turn off. Drive through Belfast and head to Lydenburg turning left onto the R36 heading north in the direction of Hoedspruit. About 30 km before Hoedspruit turn right onto the R531 and head to Orpen gate.

The camp is 48 km away from the gate and you should allow at least 2 hours for the drive to the camp.

The closest airport to Satara is Eastgate Airport that is situated in Hoedspruit. The airport is approximately 68 km from Orpen gate. There are daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg and from Cape Town.

A map of KNP can be bought at the entrance gates or any of the camps in the park.

Be aware of the gate times for entering and departing from the park. It is as follows:

Entrance gates:

  • January, February, November and December – gates open at 05:30 and close at 18:30
  • March and October – gates open at 05:30 and close at 18:00.
  • April, August, and September – gates open at 06:00 and close at 18:00.
  • May, June, and July – gates open at 06:00 and close at 17:30.

Satara’s gates open and close at the same times as the entrance gates, except for January, November and December when the camp gates open as early as 04:30.

What to do while staying at Satara

There are many activities on offer at the camp that will ensure an exciting bush experience. All bookings, and further details for these activities are available from reception.

Activities include bush barbecues and traditional dances sometimes complement the game viewing. Visitors can also see documentary films at the Open Air Theatre in the camp. As stated, the camp is the best camp for viewing lion, leopard and cheetah. For bird enthusiasts the Sweni Bird Hide offer excellent bird watching opportunities.

Activities on offer are:

  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Morning, sunset or night game drives with trained field guides
  • Bush Breakfast and Bush Braai (Barbecue)
  • Sweni Bird Hide on the Sweni River about 30 km from the camp
  • Ratel Pan Bird Hide at the Piet Grobler Dam on the Timbavati/Roodewal road about 35 km from the camp
  • Seasonal Kids Educational Programme
  • Sweni Wilderness Trail which is a pre-booked overnight activity
  • Mananga 4 x 4 Adventure Trail if the weather permits
  • Through prior arrangement with the camp, catered traditional dances can be arranged
  • Wildlife films on the big screen from Monday to Saturday

Various open vehicle safari operators are available to book a trip with. They offer affordable yet exclusive safari trips for singles, couples, families with children or small private groups.

What to watch out for when staying at Satara

Staying at Satara is an exciting experience and guests will experience the flora and fauna that this area offers.

The region around Satara is regarded as one of the best game viewing areas in KNP and is particularly noted for the big cats, with lion, leopard and cheetah recorded regularly. Large prides live in the area and are frequently spotted in the Muzadzeni area.

Especially during winter when the veld is dry, lion and leopard lie waiting to ambush thirsty antelope that swarm in large herds to drink at the few remaining pools of water. There is no major rivers in the region and wildlife can only find water at one of the 3 dams and 6 waterholes in the area.

Other game found here in huge herds includes blue wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck, giraffe and impala. Rhino, buffalo and elephant are also plentiful. Visitors have been lucky to spot the honey badger on many occasions. Spotted hyena and jackal are also recorded and hyena are regular visitors in the evening on the outside of the camp perimeter.

If you do not want to spend your days driving, you have the option to book one of the available wilderness trails. Guided bush walks including a day spent in one of the camp hides are great ways to spot animals and they will add a little variation to your safari.

Satara is another birders paradise in KNP and it is host to many resident birds. A prominent one is the Red-billed buffalo weaver, glossy, greater Blue-eared and Burchell’s starling and mourning dove. At night, giant eagle, barn, scops and pearl spotted-owls can be seen and heard in the camp. During summer, the Blue-cheeked bee-eater is regularly in attendance.

Like most camps in the park, Satara has many trees of which the most common include marula and knob thorn trees. The soil is fertile and produces sweet grass which makes it a preferred spot for all the grazing animals. To the west there is an intrusion of ecca shales soil which hosts very sweet grass. It also hosts Delagoa thorn thickets. The N’wanetsi region to the east lies in Lebombo Mountain Bushveld on rhyolite soils where tree euphorbia and red bushwillow can be found.

What type of accommodation does Satara offer and what amenities/facilities are  available at the  camp?

Satara provides a variety of accommodation types for singles, couples, and families with children.

Accommodation availability changes from day to day and all inquiries about general availability are subject to change without notice. Last minute reservations in less than 31 days prior to arrival date, are payable within 24 hours after receiving a confirmed provisional reservation via e-mail.

Your accommodation is only guaranteed once you receive a provisional reservation confirmation and to secure your reservation full pre-payment is required a.s.a.p.

At Satara the following accommodation types is available which include wheelchair-friendly accommodation:

Campsites

Camping is the most affordable and the most rustic style of accommodation that Kruger offers. The camp boast 100 tent or caravan sites with power point, for a maximum of 6 people. Visitors use the communal ablutions and cooking facilities which has 24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities. All sites come equipped with a turning braai grid.

 

Bungalows

The camp offers a choice between different kinds of bungalows.

There are 75 air-conditioned units that sleep 2 or 3 people with a bathroom equipped with a shower, WC and wash basin. Visitors use the communal kitchen with 24-hour hot  water, sinks and hotplates.  A limited number of fully equipped utensil boxes (cutlery  crockery, glasses and a frying pan) are  available for hire at reception.

A further 57 air-conditioned bungalows that  sleep 2 or 3 people have bathrooms with a  shower, WC and wash basin. These come equipped with kitchens and all utensils and  crockery is provided.

There is 1 luxury air-conditioned bungalow with 2 beds and one sleeper couch. It comes  equipped with en-suite bathroom with shower, WC and wash basin. The open air  kitchen has a fridge/freezer, sink, cooker plate, microwave oven, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. It also has an outside braai facility.

In addition, 19 bungalows with 2 beds are situated on the perimeter fence with a view of the veld. They come with and en-suite bathroom each containing shower, WC and  wash basin. Each have an open air kitchen with cooker top, combined fridge/freezer,  cutlery, crockery and utensils.

 

Guest Cottages

Satara has 1 cottage the sleep 5 and 9 cottages that sleep 6 people. The bedrooms come with en-suite bathrooms with a bath, WC and washbasin. All are equipped with kitchens that has a gas stove, fridge/freezer, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.

 

Guest Houses

There are 3 large luxury units in prime positions inside the camp. All 3 have well- equipped kitchens, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Limited channel DSTV  televisions are provided.

  • Wells Guest House sleeps 6, with 3 bedrooms and 2 single beds in each  room
  • Stanley Guest House sleeps 9, with 3 bedrooms and 3 single beds in each room
  • Frankel Guest House sleeps 10, with 5 bedrooms and 2 single beds in each room

All the units come with linen and towels.

 

Facilities

The following facilities are available:

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Deli
  • Shop
  • Mini ATM facility available in the restaurant
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Swimming Pool with children’s  playground.
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Day Visitors Picnic Area with Boma on perimeter of camp
  • Eco Information Centre and  amphitheatre
  • Limited channel DSTV in Guest  houses only
  • Cell phone reception
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What do you need to know and bring for a safe and comfortable stay at the Satara?

Plan properly for your stay at Satara to make it a relaxed trip and stay. Bookings need to be done well in advance from your planned date of arrival. KNP is a popular game reserve and accommodation is not readily available, especially in the holiday season and during the winter months.

Satara does not offer any bed and breakfast facilities and guests must bring their own food and drinks. Meals can be bought at the restaurant and the shop provides most items that will be needed on a daily basis. It also has a deli.

Most parts of the KNP is situated well within a malaria area. This is much more than just an unpleasant illness but can be fatal if left untreated. Since it is being spread by mosquitoes, the best way to avoid getting sick is to prevent the mosquitos to bite you.

You can avoid mosquito bites if you take the necessary steps, such as wearing long sleeves and trousers in the evening, using a reputable kind of insect repellent.

The best way to totally avoid a malaria scare is to get the necessary preventative medication prescribed by your doctor before journeying into the African bush.

Although it is basically impossible for larger, more dangerous animals to enter the camp, it is best to always be alert. Nocturnal animals like the civet, porcupines, and others are frequent visitors.

Ensure your stay is happy and safe by taking note of a few simple warnings. You will be sharing your stay with many unusual and dangerous creatures, such as bats, spiders, snakes, scorpions, to mention but a few, and without knowledge some of them could be dangerous.

If you must walk around at night, please do not do so without a torch. Although there is streetlights, it is not very bright and only along the footpaths.

Under no circumstances are you allowed to feed the animals. By feeding any wildlife, you are signing their death warrant as they become lazy and do not seek for food themselves which can cause them to starve. Some also become aggressive.

When to visit Satara

The best time of the year to make your trip to Satara in the KNP is either early spring or late autumn. Kruger is a summer rainfall area and such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours.

The hot summer months from October to April can make any safari tour unpleasant. Fortunately, Satara does come with swimming pool where overnight visitors can cool down in.

The winters are warm and mild during the day and can sometimes be quite cold at night. If you are planning a trip to KNP in the winter that include a night-drive be sure to pack warm clothing that include a warm jacket, beanie, scarf and gloves.

Even animals sometimes shy away from the heat. During the summer months they tend to look for shade during the hottest time of the day and is not always easy to spot, especially since the bush is very dense.

During the winter months, wildlife tend to stay in the vicinity of water sources and can often be seen at the watering holes, rivers and dams. The bush is also less dense, and animals are spotted more easily than during the summer months.

FAQs

Where is Satara located?

The Satara camp is located about 48 km from the Orpen entrance gate in the southern part of the KNP.

 

What to expect and look out for when staying at the Satara.

There is various organised activities like morning, sunset or night game drives and guided walks offered from Satara camp as well
as bush breakfasts and braais.

Wildlife films are shown from Mondays to Saturdays and you can walk the perimeter trail of the camp spotting birds and wildlife.

The area has an abundance of animals and is also known as the cat camp where you will spot lion, cheetah and lion. Animals of
all kinds, from elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, and hyena, to antelope and smaller mammals have been spotted in the area.

 

What facilities are provided at Satara and what do you need to bring along?

All accommodation are equipped with linen and towels, with the exception of guests using the camping facilities. Campers need
to bring everything with them that they need for their trip.

Cooking utensils or crockery are provided in some units. All you need to bring is your own food, insect repellent, camera,
binoculars, and torch.

The camp has a shop and deli on the premises that provide basic everyday items and food. If you prefer you can buy your meals at
the restaurant. There is cell phone signal at the camp, a petrol station, swimming pool and laundry facilities.

 

When is the best time to visit Satara?

The best times of the year to stay at Satara is during early spring or late autumn, when temperatures are mostly pleasant, and water is scarce in the veld, so more animals may come for a drink at one of the dams.

 

What is the closest gate to the Satara Rest Camp?

The closest gate to the rest camp is the Orpen Gate.

 

Why is Satara a popular rest camp?

The rest camp is built in the Plain of the national park with a number of dams and water sources in close proximity. Making its location idea for all members of the Big 5 and other animals.

 

Can you camp at the Satara Rest Camp?

Yes, the rest camp offers electrified and non-electrified campsites. 

 

What are the best game viewing roads around the Satara Rest Camp?

East of Satara A good idea is to follow the N’wanetsi River along the S100, stopping at the Shibotwana and Nsasane waterholes before coming out on the Gudzani Road (S41). This road takes you south down to N’wanetsi. Singita Lebombo Lodge, a privately owned establishment, is near N’wanetsi.

 

Is there a swimming pool at the Satara rest camp?

Yes, there is a swimming pool at the Satara rest Camp.

 

How many chalets are there in the Satara Rest Camp? 

153 bungalows, 10 guest cottages.

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