|Address:||Kruger National Park
|Local Tel :||012 428 9111|
|INT Tel :||+27-12 428 9111|
|Local Fax :||012 343 0905|
|INT Fax :||+27-12 343 0905|
|Cell :||082 233 9111|
Satara rest camp owes its bustling demeanour to its 200+ person accommodation, a community of campers set out in a series circles in the middle of the Kruger National Park. Diverse and rich, the wildlife in the area is not difficult to spot, the night time restless noises of fruit bats, cicadas and crickets being met by owl calls, hyena whooping and the roar of the lion.
Rustic and communal, the camp borrows much of its ambience from the natural, close quarters vegetation into which it is burrowed.
Activities and 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 is that children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives, and children under the age of twelve are restricted from game walks.
Pre-booked, overnight activities include the Sweni Wilderness Trail. Trails like this must be booked up to evelen months in advance to allow the camp sufficient time to coordinate and plan group sizes.
Guests can also take in the Sweni and Patel Bird Hides, the weather sensitive Mananga 4 x 4 Adventure Trail, and screenings of wildlife films every evening bar Sundays. Seasonal kids educational programs are also available.
Facilities at the camp include activity information at the reception area, public telephones, post box, restaurant, deli, shops, laundromat, filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, cutlery and plate hampers available from reception, a day visitor picnic area and boma on the perimeter of the camp, an eco information centre and amphitheatre, and a swimming pool with a children's playground. Cell phone reception is also fully available, as well as limited channel access DSTV televisions in the guesthouse.
Important Info and Warnings
Park officials warn that certain creatures which inhabit the park could prove dangerous if not approached or handled correctly. These may include bats, spiders, snakes, and scorpions.
Satara has a designated day visitor area where day visitors and visitors from other camps can braai (barbecue) and picnic. As one enters the gate, it is reached by turning to the left.
Wildlife and Vegetation
Particularly noted for its selection of the big cats (lion, leopard and cheetah)Satara also offers a view of more general game, including rhino, buffalo and elephant, blue wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck, giraffe and the ubiquitous impala. Night time residents on the camp's perimeter include spotted hyena, with fruit bat sonar and the chirp of cicada and cricket adding to the relaxing evening ambience.
Surrounding vegetation on the basalt soils around the camp includes knob thorn and marula savannah . Westlying intrusions of ecca shales soil host very sweet grass, as well as Delagoa thorn thickets. Nwanetsi in the east lies in Lebombo Mountain Bushveld, on rhyolite soils, with prevailing tree euphorbia and red bushwillow.
Particularly prominent birds in the area are Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Burchell's Starling and Mourning Dove, the nighttimet Verreaux's (Giant) Eagle, Barn, Scops Owls and Pearl-spotted Owlet, as well as the Square-tailed ( Mo za mbique ) Nightjar . Northwards, the open plains offer premium opportunities to view Montagu's and Pallid Harrier.
Most Recent Sightings - Baboon, Crocodile, Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Impala