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 Post subject: Re: Satara rest camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:04 am 
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Hi Michael2467 and a warm welcome to the forum. :clap:

The Sunset drives usually leave about an hour before gate closure, night drives, where available, around 8 or 8.30 I think.

The morning walks also leave about 1 hour before gate opening.

Have a look Here for lots of extra info.

The picnic site with great views is N'wanetsi which is at the end of the H6.
There is also the Timbavati Picnic site within easy distance of camp which is a great spot as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Satara rest camp
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( :D I see Elsa told you the same :D )

Hi michael2467 - as far as picnic spots go, there is Timbavati (on the S40) which is awesome but from a viewing aspect N'wanetsi (on the H6) is great.

Perhaps you will get the info you need here
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/satara/tourism/activities.php

How long you staying for? Is it your first trip?

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 Post subject: Re: Satara rest camp
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Hi Michael,

And welcome to the forums. I'm not sure, but I think it might be addictive!!

About the times of their activities - as far as I know there is a button somewhere on this sight about times etc. I just don't know where - but I'm sure other mites will help.

As far as picnic spots go.... you have PLENTY to choose from around Satara:

1. Nwanetsi Dam
This is a dam to the east of Satara with a picnic spot. Take the "dustbowl" S100 to get there - a busy dirt road but one where you might see the cats. You will either love or hate this road. N'wanetsi is about 35km's from Satara and what I love about it is that the picnic area is a distance away from the actual lookout... makes the lookout much more peaceful.

2. Muzandzeni
This is a quiet picnic spot South West of Satara - about 32km's away. Take the H1-3 South for 10km's and then turn right onto the S126. There isn't much of a view but it's nice and quiet. Just note that when we were there last week that whole area was on fire - so it might be black for the next couple of weeks... not necessarily a bad thing - but some people don't like it.... personally I think you might get to see the little critters normally hidden in the grass.

3. Timbavati
Situated 23km's North West of Satara take the H1-4 north and turn left onto the S127.... or even better take the H1-3 south for 2km's turn right onto the H7 towards Orpen. Then turn right again (north) onto the S40 past Girvana. This picnic spot has become very busy lately. But there is always a chance to see a bushbuck or 2 up close. But please, please don't feed them. An added benefit here is that the Ratelpan hide is just around the corner.

4. Nhlanguleni
If you wanna travel a bit further you can go South West to Nhlanguleni. 62kms south on the H1-3. Turn right onto the Vutomi road (S33 - great dirt road) and right onto the S36.

5. Tshokwane
If you're looking for a picnic spot with a shop and nice Kudu Rolls or Pap&Sheba you can take the H1-3 south to Tshokwane. 49km's on the tar road - but there are many, many, many dirt roads along the way if you wanna take the scenic route. PS: I see that they're stuck with a food stealing baboon troop again :wall:

6. Olifants Camp
If you wanna go north and have one of the best views in Kruger, you can go to Olifants Camp. It's got a view to die for... but unfortunately the picnic area is behind the shops and not with the view.

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 Post subject: Re: Satara Rest Camp
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Feedback from last weekend...

We spent one night in Satara, leap-frogging up to Letaba.

We had a BD3B unit booked, and as luck would have it, the identical hut we had previously!

Since our last visit (2007), these huts have had a small half-boma built onto the verandah, which used to be mesh-enclosed. The fridge has been gated in, which makes up for the mesh removal.

In any event, they really are super now, providing much more space outside than before. They've also been intelligently designed, with a bulkhead lamp placed close to the braai, for instance.

I would recommend that if you are spending a fair length of time in one of these huts, a small (3m x 3m) piece of 60- or 80% shade-cloth will provide even better shade over the boma area, than the roof poles alone. But that really is nitpicking... I'd have no problem going back.

The Satara pool is lovely, the camp is as charming as ever, and the game in the area is like going to the zoo... you cannot drive two kilometers without seeing something.

And oooooh yes, re the reply from 03/10... there was a shedload of rain on Monday!

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 Post subject: Re: Satara Rest Camp
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First I think the bungalow in the G circle are all nice :thumbs_up:

We stayed in No. G161 - the very first one which is also located extreme close to the fence and we saw indeed a lot of animals from our verandah. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Satara Rest Camp
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No 167 are the closest to the fence. By far the best perimeter in the camp

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 Post subject: Re: Satara Rest Camp
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Hi Anja
We stayed at Satara on Sunday and Monday this week and had hut number G162. I had also requested 167 but it was already taken. Our unit was very close to the fence, but if you can get 161 (the one next to ours) it looked good from the point of view it was the last one in G huts and also had a nice shady tree so you could put your table and chairs out there in the evenings and it was very private and quiet.
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 Post subject: Re: Satara Rest Camp
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Anja, 168 isn't bad either. It is not so close to the fence as 167 but a lot better than others. I'm not sure about 161. As far as i know 161 are right next to the guest house which block your view to the left. I would go for 168. Enjoy your trip

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 Post subject: Re: Satara Rest Camp
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Hi Sue,

I know the D circle has the BD3E type bungalows which are the 3 sleepers with wire enclosed verandahs and also the GC6B's guest cottages.
I am not sure if there is a third type there.
We have just stayed in both the ones I mentioned.

IMO the BD2V which are the perimeter ones are worth the extra cost as one often has some great sightings along the fence. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Satara bungalow units
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Welcome to the forums!

This page should tell you all, and has the map of the camp too.

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 Post subject: Re: Satara Rest Camp
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Hi,,

Can anyone please advise if the BD3E bungalows are perimeter ones with good view?

We are going to stay in Satara for first time so are very much excited :)


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 Post subject: Re: Satara Rest Camp
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They are not the ones by the fence, I don't think they have a view.

The E at the end of the accommodation code usually means the veranda has been enclosed. If you want a perimeter unit look for a U or V at the end.

NB - these are just generalisations, camps do differ so you need to check the description.

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 Post subject: Re: Satara Rest Camp
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We had one of those on Christmas Day. We sat on the bench just before sunset and 2 ellies casually walked by, then a heard of buffalo. We then went off and had our braai and returned when it was dark. The bench is about 1 to 1.5m from the fence. While we were sitting there in the pitch dark, my wife goes stiff and whispers there is the shape of a hyena at the fence. Turned on the torch and sure enough there it was. You could hear it sniffing! That was an experience I will never forget!


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 Post subject: Re: Satara Rest Camp
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Good day ya' all!

We will be staying at Satara in mid October. We are staying in a Guest Cottage GC6BD.

I don't know Satara camp that well, we stayed in Bungalows in 2007. Can any one recommend a specific cottage, that will have a good view? Or just give any details about the location of the guest cottages?

Any info will be appreciated!
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 Post subject: Satara Guest Cottage (GC6BD)
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Hi All
Can anyone who has stayed in this type of unit recently advise if cutlery, crockery, pots, pans etc are provided in the kitchen?
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