Satara Rest Camp

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As the story goes, Satara Restcamp owes its name to an anonymous Indian surveyor who was sent by the citizens of the newly proclaimed Transvaal Republic, who split up the region for settlement. On his map, the surveyor marked the area that is present-day Satara with the Hindi word 'satra', which means 17. Satara camp has a firm reputation for being one of the best spots in the world for viewing large cats. Attracted by the herds of antelope that come to graze here on the fertile land of the plains, lion, leopard and cheetah are often spotted stalking their prey nearby the camp – a spectacular sight that you’re unlikely to forget.


  • Tent or caravan camp sites with or without electricity points, communal bathrooms and communal kitchens(electric hotplates and washing up facilities).Maximum of 6 people per site. Provide your own tent and camping equipment, caravan or motor home. Please ensure to provide your own tent and camping equipment, caravan or motor home.
  • Two or three-bed Bungalows with own ablutions. Some of the bungalows have a kitchen, while others do not. Air-conditioning in all the bungalows. Each bungalow is equipped with a fridge. A few of the bungalows are located near to the perimeter of the camp.
  • Five-bed and six-bed Guest Cottages with multiple bedrooms and some with multiple bathrooms.
  • Guest Houses are large, luxury units in prime positions around the camp of which1 of the guest houses can accommodate up to 10 guests. Kitchens are fully equipped.

Activities & Facilities

Satara Camp offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides.
Important to note: Children under the age of six years old are not permitted on the safari game vehicle and children under the age of twelve years old are restricted from guided bush walks.

Facilities at the camp include:  Information at the reception area, public telephones, post box, a restaurant, deli, shop, laundromat, filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, cutlery and plate hampers available for hire from reception at an additional cost, a day visitor picnic area with a boma on the perimeter of the camp, an eco information centre and amphitheatre, a swimming pool with a children's playground. Cell phone reception.

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Stanely Guest House (GH9)
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Wells Guest House (GH6)
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Rudy Frankel Guest House (GH10)
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Please note the pricing above excludes the following:

  • Entry/conservation fees (payable on arrival at your destination)
  • Transport, transfers and flights
  • Late arrival transfer fee (if applicable for your destination)
  • Meals, snacks and beverages
  • Safari Game Drives (unless indicated on your itinerary)
  • Baby cot/bed

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What our guests have said about this accommodation

Piero Ferrari
Everything ok at SATARA camp. A wonderful stay , we will return asap
Brian Watson
Again, a very pleasant stay in a clean and neat bungalow. All staff were always very helpful in a friendly manner. Look forward to another visit.
Elvene C
Hennie de Villiers
The accommodation was great and the camp is well look after.In fact , all the camps we visited was looking very good and all the Restaurant areas, is of high quality and a really plus for South African tourism.Thanks.
Bungalows need some maintenance but otherwise good.Restaurant OK.
Gail Webster
Lovely location, wildlife close to river. Drought affecting wildlife away from water.
Roberta DAngelo
Room was clean and nice.
This is our 4th visit to the park - first was 1996 - and we always stay at Satara and for the longest time if possible. It's our favorite place to stay.It's a wonderful very well run camp. It doesn't have the stunning views of Olifant, Letaba or Lower Sabie but inside the camp is very pleasant. The cottages are simple. spacious and extremely well designed - I would suggest the park use them as template.The shop is well stocked and well run and the restaurant - now a Mugg & Bean is nice and also well run.One of our favourite drives out of here is north to Olifants for lunch (another M&B with a stunning view) and the game viewing on the road never disappoints.Overall: Satara in excellent.
A great weekend. All clean and neat. Saw lots of interesting things. Lions killed two buffalo 10 meter from each other. Lions killed blou wildebeest 200 metres from fence at Satara. 3 lion cubs plying next to main road no mothers in sight. Satara bush cat visit us in camping area.Hippo 3 metres from car gracing next to main rd and many more.
Stanley House at Satara is excellent. The house is very spacious and comfortable. The waterhole outside the fence is Awesome, with a great variety of animals using it all through the day. If the showers in two of the en-suite-bathrooms could be improved, it would be faultless!
Renee Pieterse
Had a lovely stay despite the heat wave. The aircon units in the bungalows definitely make the stay comfortable.
Marie-Louise van Niekerk
Satara certainly deserves it's name as the top camp in Kruger. Extremely well run and all the game viewing was superb. We also loved Mug and Bean.
Gina Benney
We had a fantastic time at Satara, it was a wonderful experience!
Louise Kingston
Always enjoyed Satara, awesome camp.
karen Mockford
Th team of staff at Satara were both kind and helpful. I fell ill and the concern and compassion they had was heart warming. Will most certainly go back.
Rudolph van Tonder
Satara was by far the best camp and I would go back to stay there again anytime, the bungalow was great, the staff and restaurants where good and we had a fantastic game drive with Cindy, she was amazing and would give her 10/10. We are very happy that we spent 2 nights at this camp!
JF Grobler
We had a very pleasant stay.The cleaning services came early every morning and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
brent coertzen
Very nice stay.
Eurico Marques
Well resourced camp in a central area. Very comfy rooms.
We are very satisfied with the stay in this camp.
Norbert Engel
Judit Jellinek
Nice place, not too close to the neighbors.
We love Satara. It is our favorite camp. I would have stayed there forever if I could afford it.
Joost Veldman
Were there just 1 night. Was ok.
Mariehette Louwsma
It was a great bungalow with beautiful view.
Susan Hulme
This was a very pleasant stay and the chalet was very clean and well kept.
Camp Receptionist was very friendly. Bungalow was very neat and clean. Everything went so smooth from checking in at Phalaborwa Gate. Can see why Satara camp won as best camp for so many years.
Totally loved our accommodation here and again saw loads of game.
Hannes Folscher
The people at reception were friendly and helpful and even though our key did not fit, they sent someone immediately. The accommodation was comfortable and clean.
JC Smit
Absolute fantastic. Bungalows very very clean, peaceful,no load music, no hooting and just the sound of animals. Will definitely go more often. The person at shops and bungalows were absolute helpful and friendly as well as Mrs. Astleigh Pannell, her friendly and helpful manner when booking trips.
Leon Lissner
My wife and I loved the whole park. Every corner. Keep it up like that. I also appreciate the effort in keeping the park clean. Keep up the good work!
A comfortable camp, nice facilities, good Mugg and Bean. Excellent game viewing - we saw two lion kills and a leopard kill. Very exciting. Could have stayed longer!
Mandy Rucker
We had a wonderful time and the bungalows were just perfect for the overnight stays. The stores & restaurants were just what we needed as well. I loved the ability to stay in the park. We have lived her 3 years & will keep coming back!!
Lorna Gibbons
Satara was clean and comfortable and the staff very professional and pleasant.
Gerhard Ceronie
Bungalow were very clean and ready when we arrived. All appliances were in good working order. Cleaning services were very good. All facilities in the camp were clean, neat and well maintained.We had an excellent experience.
Stan Woxholt
The park is always a winner. At the rate the park's accommodation is growing, it is a good idea to add new roads to thin the traffic out.
We really enjoyed staying here and the bungalow was excellent!
Enjoyed the stay, no problems.
Ross Barlow
This Camp is the nest Situated Camp I have ever stayed in for Big Cat sightings. In One day we got 7 different Lion sightings and two Leopard sightings . There were other days when we had Cheetah close to the camp, Leopard and Lion within 2kms from the Camp entrance.
Enjoyed pleasant staff and facilities. Have reservation over M&B.
Satara is situated in a great game viewing area. The bungalow was well maintained and equipped and all the bungalows are arranged in a circle with the barbecue areas facing a park with nice trees.
Tracy Ransley-Melvin
Hubby and I stayed at Satara Rest Camp and had the most fantastic time. On day two there was a lion kill right outside the camp site with four male lions that had brought down a buffalo, what a sight. The shop was well stocked with all basics, the facilities and ablutions were clean and the staff very friendly. We are going to make this an annual trip and cant wait for next year's adventure.
Loved everything about this camp.
Fanie Van Wyk
Baie mooi skoon en vriendelike personeel. braaie areas altyd skoon gemaak. .ablusieblokke 10 uit 10
Peter Owen
A rather busy camp but everything was as good as we could have hoped for. We loved everything!
What a wonderful trip! Excellent sightings.
We just love Satara! The units are clean and tidy and have all the necessary amenities for an enjoyable stay. GREAT location, lovely sightings! We went to watch the night show and we loved it, so informative and to get to watch it under the stars is just awesome. Would stay there forever!
Mark Warren
Really enjoyed this camp. Very nice for game viewing. Saw the big 5 in the vicinity of this camp. Centrally located and very good facilities.
elisabeth gelkopf
Very nice cottage.
Our two day stay at Satara was brilliant. Our 3 bed Rondavel was spotlessly clean, comfortable and conveniently situated in the camp which is beautifully maintained. The daily entertainment provided by the different species of birds, monkeys, banded mongoose and a honey badger (Ratel) made for a very enjoyable and memorable stay. The Mug & Bean restaurant provided excellent meals served by friendly smiling staff. Satara staff are commended for their friendliness, quiet efficiency and great smiles. A highlight of our stay was a sunrise game drive in the company of a wonderful knowledgeable Edward. He had an excellent sense of humour and an expert eye for some of the parks wonderful small night creatures. Thank you for 3 hrs of sheer bliss.
Nice bungalow location. Spacious and clean.
Lynn Gouws
We stayed in a new chalet and thought it was beautiful. The staff was friendly and helpful.
Lyn Roodt
Service at reception was friendly and helpful. Loved it!!
As this was our first trip to the Kruger we did not know what to expectI have to say that we were blown away - what fantastic service we received - the staff were friendly, helpful and very professional!A big element of spoiling and treating for us was the fact that each morning after we had left bright and early on our morning drives - the staff had come in and made our beds - holiday bliss!The camp is ideally located and we were really lucky in our sightings - during our stay we went on a sunset drive and the ranger was knowledgeable and very approachable.The other services in the camp such as the communal kitchens were always clean and neat. The shops and restaurants were a delight and we could find everything and more that we might have neededThe camp quickly settled into our hearts and we will most certainly be back!
Bill Harling
Wonderful. The improvement of the camp is great.
The professionalism and enthusiasm from the personnel is heartwarming! SANParks give me hope for SA future in conservation!
Johan van Rensburg
Excellent service. We had a wonderful nature experience.
Pieter Koen
Staff at arrival at the Orpen gate as well as Satara rest camp were friendly and well prepared with all administrative matters . It was finalized within minutes.
Satara provides a peaceful sanctuary after a long days game viewing. It has old world charm with its rondavels, it has modern day eating facilities and the camp is well maintained in most respects.
Always a favourite, the best camp in the Kruger! Excellent drives and friendly staff. How about losing the shower curtain in exchange for a glass door!
Ansuya Rungasamy
Satara is a busy camp with lots of people. It is very well situated and we saw a great deal of game in that area. It is well furnished and maintained and I would recommend staying at this camp.
elmarie horn
Love the camp.
Marthinus Bester
A beautiful quiet time and bungalow and facilities.
Adriaan Nieman
Overall good service and effective and helpful staff. Facilities clean and accommodation value for money
Our stay at the different camps was absolutely fantastic. Each camp has its own unique charm and we enjoyed every moment of it. We relaxed; it was quite, clean, green and just overall “lekker”. I will definitely stay at each of the camps again and the staff was always friendly and helpful. Thanks for making our stay so memorable.
We love Satara camp. Camp is clean and so peaceful. We go to the Park to have a well deserved break and that's what we get every time.
The best position for a relaxed holiday with the most animal entertainment on your door step Definitely recommended by the bush doctor.
Matthew Bowler
The most beautiful sunsets ever seen!!
Diana Robertson
Beautifully renovated bungalows, very comfortable and clean. Found all the staff throughout the Park helpful and polite
The best of the three.
Hans Ittmann
A perfect accommodation for a stay in the Kruger Park.
Satara never disappoints - full but lovely camp site - clean ablutions - and the best game drive out of all the camps!! Great staff at reception, housekeeping & game ranger
This was our 3rd stay at Satara. The last was in 2010. We were so impressed with the upgrades to the ablutions and the overall maintenance at the camp. The pool was nice and clean. The staff was very competent and friendly. Well done KNP I will now recommend this camp to all I know. Great stay we were sad to leave.
Qume Erasmus
Camping site was clean, the bathroom were clean but there was no working soap dispenser. The night drive was very good, professional, Shop was well stocked, friendly staff at reception.
George Tait
Self catering rondawel. Lekker om alles te hê by jou in die middel van die reis. Kon lekker batterye(siel) herlaai. O en skoon.
Leslie Patrick
Lovely camp, staff at the office helpful and friendly. Accommodation was clean and would go back for a longer stay next time.
This camp provides everything. Good sightings. Everything was clean and tidy.
This was a nice camp. the only problem is that there was load-shedding for both days. two hours the first day and most of the evening of the second day which was disappointing. We understand that it was not the parks fault.
Mick Gear
I stayed at satara rest camp for 5 nights and found the staff and accommodation were fantastic. The bungalow chalets are well maintained and have all the equipment you need for cooking by braai and 2 hot plates and microwave.The added bonus is the visits that you may experience while sat with the braai. We had African Wild Cat, Honey badger and small spotted genet all scavenging for left over foods but this makes you aware of clearing up after yourselves and respecting the use of bins. Great stay.
James Stanley
The camp is quite a big camp, with lots of facilities. The morning walk was great - we learnt how to track animals and were lucky enough to see wildebeest, lions, giraffe and white rhinos. On the sunset drive, we also saw lions and a black mamba.
Regular visitor to Satara and grand as always. Great atmosphere and superb night drive. Huts are excellent.
Gertjie Roets
Excellent service, affordable camping, clean ablutions. Maybe more portable type of toilet along the long routes.
The Accommodation is 5 * and the camp site is very neat and clean and we will definitely stay at Satara again.
Enjoyed my stay very much and reception were polite and efficient.
Pieter Cronje
The new grass on roofs 117 up to 119 looks perfect
Jimmy Gurr
Crowded but room to breathe and friendly staff
Satara was great. We actually couldn't believe how well equipped the place was. The little rondavel had everything you'd need for an extended stay. From the cooking facilities & equipment to the braai to the air-con and fan to the comfortable beds and obviously the location inside the magnificent Kruger Park. Unfortunately we were only passing through and stayed for 1 night, but we wouldn't hesitate to stay for longer and actually wish we had.
Anton Grundling
Had a very pleasant and enjoyable stay. Will do it again
monica Simpson
Lovely stay , great staff. The kitchen utensils could be improved. No small sharp knife or tin opener that worked. Hard to cope with if you are an overseas visitor!
It was a new camp from 2013. The staff were fun to talk to the food excellent and we even bought a new pair of binoculars in the shop. The staff had been trained and this gave them confidence. The camp has always been clean and this trip was no exception. Congratulations
Minky Cilliers
We enjoyed our stay Very much, and we will recommend camping at SATARA RESTCAMP too, for sure.
Lovely camp, saw plently animals around Satara, our best game viewing ever. Camp is lovely, ablutions are clean and well maintained. More gravel should be put down on the camp sites to prevent the terrible mud pools after the rain. We stopped at Tsokwane for lunch on the 28th and that was really disappointment. Food of very poor quality, bread rolls tasted like parafin, russian and chips was cold and old. My ham and cheese was not nice. The monkeys and baboons are out of control even attacking a group of patrons sitting at the table in front of use without being provoked. Very scary. KNP will always be our number one choice of holiday destination.
Elaine von Howsslin
The camp's facilities are most comfortable and well thought out. Authenticity is obvious and the ambiance is inspiring. Definitely worth a stay, whether you are a local visitor or an international traveler wanting a uniquely South African experience.
Gert Pieterse
Dit was baie lekker en die kamp was pragtig skoon.
Marieke van der Merwe
Friendly staff, sites great
Erika Langen
We were totally impressed by the kindness off all the staff. The park accomodation was great and everything we wanted
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Jun 21, 2024
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Jun 21, 2024
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Shann is professional in her work and if I have any question anytime she would be online answering me right away. If I didn't like something or wanted to change it , she offered alternative solutions . I definitely recommend her for family, friends and everyone else. Thank you shann for your patience and beautiful spirit .
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Nicole has been incredible to work with as we plan a Safari as part of an extended family reunion trip home to South Africa. She is a lovely representative and very helpful to work with. She has been very quick and efficient to respond to our enquiries and overall provided great customer service. I'm looking forward to the upcoming experience!
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Jun 21, 2024
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