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Satara, Kruger National Park: Camp Review

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Satara Camp

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Where is it? About 50 kms from the park’s central Orpen gate, at the junction of the busy H1-4 and H7 roads, which is in the heart of the park’s knobthornveld-dominated southern plains.

How large is it? Satara is Kruger’s second-largest camp – and is currently growing, with quite a lot of construction activity in the past year. It’s a bustling place.

What price range? Its size caters for all price ranges.

What kind of facilities does it provide? Accommodation, night drives, bush walks, restaurant, big shop, educational experiences, etc. It’s also home to one of the two Kruger webcams – see the Satara Webcam.

Official website (map, pictures of the accommodation, booking, etc.): Satara Camp.

Camp notes: If you’re looking for a place to stay overnight while on a portage from Kruger’s south to the park’s north – or vice-versa – then Satara is to be preferred over Letaba. (First choice on this kind of itinerary, however, would be Olifants, which is medium-sized, and between the two.) Satara is always busy, mainly for three reasons: it’s located at the H1-4/H7 junction; it’s in a prime game-viewing area (particularly for lion); and it’s the almost only Kruger camp in nearly the entire southern plains region – the tiny Roodewal bush camp being the sole alternative. Satara is a pleasant camp, but too big for my liking. I’d give it one night’s stay, max.

What you might see getting and staying there: There seems always to be a herd of giraffe lingering outside Satara’s gates, and there are usually several prides of lion roving in the greater southern plains area, particularly on the loop that is formed by the H1-4, H6, S41 and S90 roads. Here’s your best chance of seeing zebra and wildebeest in large herds, too.