Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris
At a Glance
- superb location in middle of park
- game galore
- good on-site shop and restaurant
- great guided sunset drives
- not very attractive buildings or immediate surroundings
- almost always fully booked
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Second in size only to Skukuza, this camp sits in the middle of the hot plains between Olifants and Lower Sabie, in the central section of Kruger. The knobthorn veld surrounding the camp provides the best grazing in the park and attracts large concentrations of game. That in turn brings the predators—lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and wild dogs—which make this one of the best areas in the park for viewing game (especially on the N'wanetsi River Road, also known as S100). If you stand or stroll around the perimeter fence, you may see giraffes, zebras, and waterbucks and other antelope. Despite its size, Satara has far more appeal than Skukuza, possibly because of the privacy it offers (the huts aren't all piled on top of one another) and because of the tremendous birdlife. The restaurant and cafeteria are very pleasant, with shady seating overlooking the lawns and the bush beyond. Accommodations are in large cottages and two- or three-bed thatch rondavels, some with kitchenettes (no cooking utensils). The rondavels, arranged in large circles, face inward onto a central, open, grassy area. Campsites are secluded, with an excellent view of the bush, although they don't have much shade.
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