Satara Rest Camp




Satara Camp recalls the mood of colonial Africa with red-roofed public buildings, thatched rondavels and neatly raked paths.

  • Satara is the best camp for viewing Lion, Leopard and Cheetah
  • Offering accommodation in guesthouses, bungalows and camp/caravan sites
  • The camp also has a restaurant and a grocery store
  • Picnic facilities are available for day visitors
  • Satara is the third largest camp and is located in the centre of Kruger Park

    Satara Camp third biggest rest camp, providing a range of Kruger National Park accommodation. There are 100 sites with power points available for camping and caravans. Alternatively, a range of bungalows sleeping between 2 and 3 guests are also available. Satara boasts wheelchair-friendly accommodation.

    Guests can also stay in the guest cottages with well equipped kitchens. Alternatively, stay in the Stanley, Wells or Frankel guest houses. Satara Camp, also
    boasts a grocery store that is well stocked for the self-caterers. There is also a TV lounge at this camp.

    The prime bungalows along the eastern perimeter allow
    visitors to glimpse the Hyenas that scavenge outside the fence at night. Satara, stakes its reputation on being one of the best spots in the world for viewing Lion, Leopard and Cheetah, because of the fertile grazing land found in the area which attracts vast herds of Antelope.

    For this reason Satara camp is often referred to as the 'cat camp'. Large
    Cats are frequently spotted in the Muzadzeni area, where a large and successful Lion pride operates, or along the 5100 route that runs east from Satara Camp, hugging the bank of the N'wanetsi stream.

    This stretch is especially productive in winter when the veld is dry, and Lion and
    Leopard lie waiting to ambush the thirsty Antelope that come in large herds to drink at the few remaining pools of water. Satara Camp is slowly being modernized with the addition of private kitchens, air-conditioning, overhead fans and facilities for the disabled.

    Accommodation Summary:

  • 100 Camp sites with power point
  • 152 Bungalows various facilities
  • 2 Bungalows are suitable for the physically disabled
  • 10 Guest cottages with5 or 6 beds
  • 3 Guest houses sleeping 6, 9 or 10

    Tent or caravan sites, with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, with a maximum of 6 persons per site. 

    The bungalows have 2 or 3 bed rooms, equipped with ablutions, most with showers, but some with baths, air-conditioning, some have hotplates and sinks, some have sinks only.

    Guest Houses
  • Wells - 6 beds
  • Frankel - 10 beds
  • Stanley - 9 beds

    Most of the bedrooms within these guesthouses come with en-suite bathrooms. The kitchens are fully equipped to allow guests the independence of self catering to suit the relaxed pace of their holiday while the verandas of the Rudy Frankel and Stanley guesthouses have the added advantage of overlooking a waterhole, where animals come down to drink.

    Disabled-friendly Accommodation

    Satara Restcamp in Kruger National Park boasts 2 wheelchair-friendly units, which can be accessed via a small ramp. The sliding door offers direct access to the bedroom from the patio. There are also two disabled-friendly bungalows available. The pool area, shop and restaurant can also be accessed via wheelchair.


  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Cafeteria
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Cutlery and Plates Hamper
  • Day Visitor Picnic Area
  • Eco Information Centre
  • Emergency Road Service
  • Film Auditorium
  • Jungle Gym for children
  • Laundromat
  • Petrol Station
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Post Box
  • Public telephones
  • Restaurant
  • Shop

  • Situation:

    Satara Camp is situated in the centre of the park in the middle of a flat plain of tall tree Savannah of which Knob Thorn and Marula are the dominant species.

    Satara Camp's
    closest entrance gate is at Orpen, which can be reached from Johannesburg by road in a just over 5 hours. Eastgate Airport is situated 68km (42.2 miles) from Orpen Gate and served by daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town.

    How to get there:

    Transportation routes and times from Johannesburg/Pretoria

    Orpen Gate: Head toward Nelspruit on the N4, take the R540 Belfast turn off. At Lydenburg turn left onto the R36 heading north. 30km before Hoedspruit turn right onto the R531 and head to the gate. Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the trip to the gate. Satara Main Rest 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 in the Kruger Park - South Africa!

    Satara in Kruger Park, South Africa like most camps has been artificially well wooded.The surrounding vegetation is knob thorn and marula savannah on basalt soils. A few kilometres west there is an intrusion of ecca shales soil which hosts very sweet grass often overgrazed. This intrusion also hosts Delagoa thorn thickets. To the east, the N'wanetsi region lies in Lebombo Mountain Bushveld on rhyolite soils. Tree euphorbia and red bushwillow are prevalent in the Kruger Park in South Africa.