Kruger National Park - South - Satara Rest Camp
Satara Rest Camp is the second largest camp in the Kruger National Park in is located in the southern region of the Park. The camp is located just a few kilometers from the Orpen Gate. Driving east from the Gate for approximately 88 kms , you will find the turn-off to the camp on your left. After another 1 km, you will arrive at the camp. The trip from the Orpen Gate to the camp site will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, assuming there are no stops on the way to admire the wildlife.
The road to the Orpen Gate and then on to Satara camp is all tarred. The roads within the camp are paved.
There are a total 103 sites at this camp, of which 15 sites do not have electricity. 21 sites are located along the fence,. The camp is divided into three sections and the although the area is large, the sites are well spaced and not on top of each other. The ones along the fence are smaller and quite tightly packed. Make sure to arrive early to snag one of the sites along the fence, as they afford the best views.
Trees are fairly sparse within the camp site, so you will struggle to find a site with natural shade. A gazebo will solve this problem.
Electrical boxes are scattered throughout the camp site and are often located far from the camping spots. Make sure to bring an extra long extension cord. There are a number of camping sites with no electricity, so make sure you book the correct one to avoid disappointment.
There are no lights at this camp site, but there are lights at the ablution facilities and at all the communal facilities..
There are three ablutions facilities at the camp site. Two are located on either end of the campsite, while, the other is located towards the fence. There are facilities for the disabled. The bathrooms located close to the fence are newer. The bathrooms are all tiled throughout and there are mirrors against the wall. The wash basins are encased in lovely slate tiles. The showers are a bit on the tight side, and you will need to stand in the middle of the cubicle in order to close the door. The shower curtain can be a bit bothersome. Toilet paper is supplied, but can run out quickly.
Hot water is supplied to the bathroom from electric geysers, which means that there is hot water on demand. During busy times though,the hot water can become scarce.
There are three kitchens available to campers. The one is located close to the bathrooms by the fence and the other one is located alongside the ablution block. The third kitchen is located across the road, towards the chalets. . They are square and typical of all the kitchens in the Park. There is a laundry with coin-operated washing machines and dryers located close to the bathrooms at the fence.
There is are taps located in the communal kitchen areas..
Bins are located in the communal kitchen areas.
Braais are of the fixed steel variety which have swing-out grids. They are located randomly around the area. However, there are also a few loose-standing braais available, which can be moved closer to the camp site. Wood can be purchased at the on-site shop.
There is a pool located away from the camping area. To access the pool, you will need to walk between the cottages. Compared to the other rest camps in the park, the pool at Satara is surprisingly small. It resembles a sunken farm dam. A small children's pool is located alongside the larger pool. However, it is still a great way to cool off after a long hot day.
- There is a shop on site where you can purchase most items you may need
- There is a restaurant
- Fuel is available at the camp site
- Sanparks has a tourist information office here
- There is a FNB ATM available
- There is a jungle gym for the kids
The area around Satara is well known for the big cats that roam the area. Lions, leopards and cheetah have been spotted here.
If you are towing a camping trailer or a caravan, please be aware that there is no space provided to turn around. It is best to turn right instead of left as you arrive at reception, and park your vehicle and caravan in the large spaces allocated to tour buses.
Bookings can only be made through the South African Parks Board. You can book online or phone the central reservation number on 012-428-9111.
All booking information on this camp can be found on their website at www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/satara/