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Satara rest camp in the Kruger National Park,
place of the Big 5

Known for its spectacular sunsets and its rich vegetation and beautiful trees, Satara rest camp is situated in one of the best Big 5 game viewing regions of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Satara is the 2nd largest camp (after Skukuza), situated towards the centre of the Kruger National Park, in the middle of grassy savannah country.

The camp itself with its thatched African style rondavels has a rustic charm, with a romantic "Colonial Africa" type of atmosphere, making it one of the more popular destinations in the Park.

The Kruger Park entrance nearest to Satara is Orpen gate, about 47km away from Satara. Known for its spectacular sunsets, the camp itself is adorned with rich vegetation and beautiful large trees.

The surrounding fertile African savannah country in the Satara region is covered with sweet grazing, with the bush relatively open. Three dams and six waterholes are found here in close proximity. The Knob Thorn and the Marula are the dominant tree species.

Learn more about Satara camp and its spectacular game viewing;




The old entrance gate to the camp - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
The old entrance gate to the rest camp
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
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General info,...

The Satara rest camp region attracts large herds of antelope and other grazers, followed by their predators. Next to being regarded as one of the best general game viewing areas in the Kruger National Park, The Satara area also has a reputation as one of the best spots in the world to view Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. General game in the area includes Blue wildebeest, Zebra, Waterbuck, Impala, Giraffe, Rhino, Buffalo, and Elephant amongst others.

The round-shaped Rondavel accommodation inside the rest camp - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
The round-shaped "Rondavel" accommodation inside the rest camp
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
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Like all the other camps in the Kruger National Park, Satara rest camp has an abundance of resident birds. Particularly prominent are the Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Burchell’s Starling and the Mourning Dove. The open plains to the north of the camp are perhaps the best place in the park to record Montagu's and Pallid Harrier. At night Giant Eagle, Barn, Scops and Pearlspotted Owls can be seen and heard in camp.

His majesty King Lion - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
His majesty King Lion
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

The N'wanedzi Pick nick Site (24 km from Satara) is worth visiting. The Violet-eared Waxbill, Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Bulbul) and Mocking Cliff-Chat are regulars here, while the Shaft-tailed Whydah has been seen nearby. In winter, when water levels are low, the site is exceptionally active bird-wise, with many passerines coming to drink and joining the ubiquitous Hamerkop, Green-backed Heron and Great (Great White) and Little Egrets.

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Map,...

Burchells-Starling - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
Burchells-Starling
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

Go to SANParks.org to view a map of the Kruger National park showing the location of Satara rest camp, then click on the map to enlarge.

Go to SANParks.org to view a map of the Satara rest camp showing the lay out of the camp itself, then click on the map to enlarge.

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Facilities,...

Inside the camp’s well-stocked shop and grocery store - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
Inside the camp’s well-stocked shop and grocery store
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
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All accommodation in the Satara rest camp are equipped with air-conditioning units, providing welcome relief after a hot day of game viewing. Satara camp also boasts a restaurant and grocery store, which is well stocked for the self-caterers. Those who don’t feel like cooking, can relax and be served at the restaurant. When the heat of the day is draining you, the swimming pool in the camp will provide delightful relief.

The information desk at the reception of the camp can give you detailed information about all the facilities available, which include the following;
  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Deli
  • Shop
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station (cash and garage cards only)
  • 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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Accommodation,...

Satara rest camp offers a full range of accommodation, catering for more than 400 guests. Most of the accommodation comprises single-room bungalows with two or three beds and a bathroom. For visitors that prefer luxury, Satara Camp offers 3 spacious guesthouses with luxurious comfort. The budget conscious traveller will enjoy the spotlessly maintained camping and caravanning facilities. All units are serviced daily and supplied with bedding, towels and soap.

The range of accommodation at Satara includes the following;

CAMPING SITES
  • 100 x tent or caravan sites, with power point. Communal ablutions and cooking facilities. (24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities) Maximum of 6 persons per site.
BUNGALOWS

  • 75 x 2 or 3-bed units with communal kitchen. Bungalows are equipped with ablutions which include a shower, WC and wash basin. All bungalows have air-conditioning. A limited number of fully equipped utensil boxes (cutlery crockery, glasses and frying pan) are available for hire. Contact reception upon check-in.


  • 57 x 2 or 3-bed units with kitchens. Bungalows are equipped with ablutions which include a shower, WC and wash basin. All bungalows are equipped with air-conditioning.


  • 1 x luxury bungalow with 2 beds and one sleeper couch, equipped with en-suite bathroom (shower, WC and wash basin), kitchen and air-conditioning. The open air kitchen has a cooker plate and microwave oven and outside braai (barbeque) facility, fridge/freezer combination, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.


  • 19 x 2 bedded bungalows situated on the perimeter fence with a view of the veld which allows you to listen to the sounds of the wild in your bed. Equipped with en-suite bathroom containing shower, WC and wash basin. Bungalows each have an open air kitchen with cooker top, combined fridge/freezer and fully equipped with cutlery, crockery and utensils.
The typical Rondavel accommodation the camp is known for - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
The typical Rondavel accommodation the camp is known for
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
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GUEST COTTAGES

  • 1 x 5-bed and 9 x 6-bed units with well equipped kitchens and two bedrooms with 3 beds each (in the case of the 6 bed units). Both bedrooms have a bathroom en-suite (bath, WC and washbasin). The kitchen has a gas stove (with oven), fridge/freezer combination, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
GUEST HOUSES

Large luxury units in prime positions inside the camp. There are well-equipped kitchens (with microwave ovens) and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Limited channel DSTV televisions are provided.

Wells Guest House: Sleeps 6, with 3 bedrooms (2 single beds in each room) Stanley Guest House: Sleeps 9, with 3 bedrooms (3 single beds in each room) Frankel Guest House: Sleeps 8, with 4 bedrooms (1 double bed and 2 single beds in the other rooms)
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Activities,...

Guided game drive at night - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
Guided game drive at night
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa

Imagine yourself sitting on the veranda of your bungalow, encircled by flickering campfires, listening to the crickets chirping in the silence of the night and then all of a sudden that great roar in the distance of the king of beasts.

Next to daylight game drives, game drives at night will enable you to witness the nocturnal activities of Kruger National Park’s wildlife. Bushveld “braais” (barbecues), traditional dances and wildlife film shows are experiences that you will never forget.

All bookings, as well as further details about these activities are available from the reception at the Satara rest camp. Activities include the following;
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides)
  • Bush Breakfast and Bush “Braai” (Barbecue). Includes game drive to venue. Confirm availability when booking.
  • Sweni Bird Hide (located on the Sweni River about 30 km from camp)
  • Ratel Pan Bird Hide (Piet Grobler Dam - located on the Timbavati/Roodewal road about 35 km from camp)
  • Kids Educational Programme (Seasonal)
  • Sweni Wilderness Trail (pre-booked overnight activity)
  • Mananga 4 x 4 Adventure Trail (weather sensitive activity)
  • Through prior arrangement with the camp, catered traditional dances can be arranged.
  • Wildlife films on the big screen (every evening except Sundays)
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Climate,...

Blue Wildebeest (Gnu) - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
Blue Wildebeest (Gnu)
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

Kruger Park lies in a summer rainfall area with occasional bursts of quick summer storms (which can be quite heavy) occurring later in the day, cooling the air and settling the dust. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often quite humid. Winters are warm and mild with cool evenings. Visitors going on night drives during the winter period may require warm clothing.

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How to get there,...

Giraffe and Impala in the Satara region - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
Giraffe and Impala in the Satara region
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
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BY AIR:

The closest airport to Satara is Eastgate Airport which is situated at Hoedspruit. Eastgate Airport is approximately 68km away from Orpen Gate. South African Express Airways runs daily scheduled flights between Eastgate Airport and OR Tambo International Airport at Johannesburg and less frequent flights to and from Cape Town. Satara camp is 48km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!

BY ROAD VIA ORPEN GATE:

Travelling from Johannesburg or Pretoria, take the N1 toll-road, direction Nelspruit. Take the R540 turn off at Belfast, direction Lydenburg. At Lydenburg turn left onto the R36 heading north. 20km past Ohrigstad you turn right turn right onto the R531 and head to the Orpen gate. Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the trip to Orpen gate. Satara camp is 48km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!

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Accommodation availability,...

Row of Bungalows inside Satara - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
Row of Bungalows inside Satara
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
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Go to SANParks.org to view a monthly calendar with accommodation availability details of Satara rest camp. You will then be able to view the Accommodation availability page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website, for Kruger National Park’s Satara rest camp.
  • If you click on the accommodation type, you will see the facilities and content of that particular accommodation unit.
  • The accommodation code enables you to book a specific type of accommodation, if you provide it with your booking request.
  • The figure between the square brackets [ ] is the number of units available at the specific time and date of your visit to the accommodation availability page.
  • Please Note that the information is updated and therefore changing real-time on a continuous basis and that requests for reservations are processed on first-come, first-served basis.
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Reservations,...

N’wanetsi Dam lookout not far from Satara - Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
N’wanetsi Dam lookout not far from Satara
Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park South Africa
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Go to SANParks.org to book your reservation for the Satara rest camp in the Kruger National Park on the official reservations page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website.

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Tariffs,...

Go to SANParks.org to view the tariffs applicable for the Satara rest camp on the official tariff page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website.






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