Perfectly located to give easy access to the excellent game-viewing areas of the Central Region, Satara is one of the largest camps in the Park, with open spaces, an abundance of birdlife, and a very pleasant atmosphere.
Rustic and communal, the camp borrows much of its ambience from the rugged and untamed bush in which it is located. The flat plains around Satara are scattered with large Marula and Knobthorn trees, and ambient nights are characterised by the haunting noises of fruit bats, cicadas and crickets coupled with owl calls and the roar of a lion.
Some of the most popular animals to be seen in the area are giraffe, kudu, impala, waterbuck, zebra, warthog, wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, cheetah and hyena. Satara Camp also has a firm reputation for being one of the best spots in the Park for viewing large cats. Attracted by the herds of antelope that come to graze here on the fertile plains, lion, leopard and cheetah are often spotted stalking their prey nearby the camp – a spectacular sight that you’re unlikely to forget.
Expert guides and trackers are on-hand to take guests on game drives and walks, where they can spot the Big Five, learn about the intricacies of bushveld ecology and come to grips with nature at her finest.
Accommodation options include bungalows, guest cottages, guest houses and camp sites.
Facilities at the camp include activity information at the reception area, public telephones, post box, a Wimpy restaurant, deli, shops, laundromat, filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, cutlery and plate hampers (available from reception), a day visitor picnic area and boma on the perimeter of the camp, an eco information centre and amphitheatre, and a swimming pool with a children's playground. Mobile phone reception is also available, as well as limited channel access DSTV televisions in the guest houses.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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Accommodation only basis. PLEASE NOTE: The daily Conservation Fee is NOT included - this is payable at the Park gate on arrival.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Satara Rest Camp can be included in you own dream holiday.
Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld
Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
Balule Nature Reserve
Kruger National Park
Destination: South Africa.
This 7 night itinerary is perfect for anyone who wants to combine a stay in one of the leading budget safari lodges in the Kruger area with a few days exploring the spectacular scenery of the Lowveld area that adjoins the Park.
This is a 7 night itinerary including Balule Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park and Hazyview.
This self-drive itinerary offers the complete Kruger Park experience - it start with a few nights at one of the most attractive and romantic budget lodges in the area, then includes a self-drive adventure in Kruger before finishing with a few nights at one of our favourite places to stay whilst you explore the Lowveld area that adjoins the Park.
This is a 10 night itinerary including Klaserie Game Reserve, Kruger National Park and Hazyview.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Satara Rest Camp Location.
Directions For Drivers
If you are entering the Park for the first time, the best gate to enter through is the Orpen Gate. If you are driving to the camp from within the Park, please use the 'South African National Parks Visitors Guide to the Kruger National Park' which contains detailed road maps.
From Eastgate Airport/Hoedspruit: Turn right and then turn left onto the R40. Continue along here, and turn left onto the R531 towards the Orpen Gate. Once inside the Park, follow the signs to the camp through the Park. Satara Camp is 48 km 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.
From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Turn right onto the R531 towards the Kruger Orpen Gate, and once inside the Park, follow the signs to the camp through the Park.
From the Nelspruit/Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport: Follow the airport signs toward the exit. At the T-junction/stop street, turn right onto the R538 and follow the signs to White River. Continue for approximately 10 km, until you reach White River. Continue straight out of White River on the R40 towards Hazyview. After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left at the T-junction towards Hazyview, and follow the directions as above.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12/N4 from Johannesburg via Witbank/eMalahleni and Middleburg towards Nelspruit. Turn left on the R540 towards Belfast. In centre of town turn right to Dullstroom and then on to Lydenburg/Mashishing.
Pass through Lydenburg/Mashishing, taking the R36 to Ohrigstad, and go through the Strijdom Tunnel. Turn right onto the R531 to Klaserie/Acornhoek and follow the signs to the Orpen Gate.
From Camps Elsewhere In the Park: Most camps in the Park can be easily accessed from the main H1 road that runs north/south through the Park. This road is labelled in sections starting with H1-1 in the far south near Skukuza and ending with H1-9 in the far north at Pafuri. The Satara Camp access road is where section H1-3 meets section H1-4, and will be on the right if you are travelling north to south, or on the left if you are travelling south to north.
Once inside the Park, do not get out of your car until you reach the camp. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
PLEASE NOTE: The Kruger National Park prohibits the use of roads within the Park before the gates are open and once the gates are closed, therefore guests need to plan their arrival and departure times carefully. You cannot arrange to leave the Park before the gates are open, and you must ensure that you arrive at the entrance gate with sufficient time to drive through the Park to reach your destination by the time the gate closes, otherwise you may not be permitted to enter.
January/February: Open 05:30, Close 18:30 March: Open 05:30, Close 18:00 April: Open 06:00; Close 18:00 May/June/July: Open 06:00, Close 17:30 August/September: Open 06:00, Close 18:00 October: Open 05:30, Close 18:00 November/December: Open 05:30, Close 18:30
Please note that the maximum speed limit in the Park is 50 km/h for tar roads and 40 km/h for gravel roads.
General Information For Guests
All units are serviced by cleaning staff on a daily basis. Bedding is supplied.
The 2 or 3 bed air conditioned bungalows have communal kitchen facilities and en-suite bathrooms with a shower, WC and wash basin. A limited number or fully equipped utensil boxes (cutlery, crockery, glasses, frying pan etc) are available to hire from reception. There are then a further 57 bungalows with private kitchen facilities.
The luxury bungalow has 2 beds and a sleeper couch. An open air kitchen is complete with a cooker plate, microwave oven and outside braai (barbeque) area, fridge/freezer combination, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
Some 2 bed bungalows are situated on the perimeter fence, and provide views of the surrounding veld. En-suite bathrooms are complete with showers, WCs and wash basin, and the open air kitchen has its own cooker top, fridge/freezer combination, cutlery, crockery and utensils.
The Guest Cottages all have en-suite bathrooms with a bath, WC and washbasins. Kitchens have a gas stove with an oven, fridge/freezer, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
The Guest Houses are large, luxury units in prime positions around the camp. Kitchens are equipped with microwave ovens, and the unit itself has multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as limited channel DSTV televisions.
Facilities at the camp include activity information at the reception area, public telephone, post box, a restaurant, deli, shop, mini ATM facility, laundromat, filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, a day visitor picnic area, an eco information centre and amphitheatre, and a swimming pool with a children's playground. Mobile phone reception is also available. Cutlery and plate hampers are available from reception.
Guided morning walks, sunrise, sunset and night game drives can be arranged from the camp at an additional cost - rates available on request.
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If you're not sure which place might be best for your own trip then either give us a call or get in touch via the website, and we'd be delighted to run through the options with you.