A quick note about camping at Satara.
All sites are now demarcated but they are not allocated so it is still first come first serve. The sites are very big and you can still get the occasion where two parties camp on one site. They are big enough so this is not a problem. The problem comes in with the power. There is one power point in the centre of 4 sites. There are 5 plugs at each point but some people are greedy and use 2 plugs. The plug points are close to the sites so need for a long extension cord.
The layout of the camp site is 2 big oval bricked roads, an east one and a west one. Then there is a small oval at the top north side, near the fence. Power points are scattered throughout the inner part of the circles. Shade is getting better but is still scares. When we camped last week most of the trees were still bare and offered little shade, but in a few weeks times with the rain it should get better. There is very little shade along the fence line and these sites normally go first. IMO the north east section has the best shade. These site however have no close power points so if you camp there take the long extension and enter the bun fight for power. For fence Shade the site right in front of the Rudy Frankel Guest House is great but need long extension. The site in front Stanley Guest House also has nice shade and you can see through to the Web Cam water hole. Here again you will need a long extension and run it over the road. A few people did this and it was not a problem.
There are 3 ablution blocks so this is also not a problem. The eastern section of the camp def has more shade so start there first and see what you find.
If you have good strong tent pegs the ground is not a problem. Don’t use those thin almost coat hanger wire pegs, they will bend. There is also no grass at all in the camp site but they are all quite level.
The nice thing about Satara is they have no monkey/baboon problem, birds will have a go at open left over food, but you do not need to lock fridges and stow everything away.
You can see the brick edging in the pics which demarcates the sites and then the central power point station. At each plug point there is also a water tap.
The last one is the pool which is in walking distance from the camp site.