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Satara Rest Camp

Satara is a busy camp, and not without reason. It is situated in an excellent game viewing area, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse.

The camp itself has a rustic charm, with the bulk of the accommodation set out in a series of circles. Satara is well wooded and the bird-life is prolific. At night the clink of fruit bats is fused with the chirping of cicadas and crickets. The calls of owls and nightjars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyena, the screech of jackal and the roars of lion.

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Activities

  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides)
  • Bush Braais & Breakfasts. Includes game drive to venue. Confirm availability when booking.
  • Sweni Bird Hide (located on the Sweni River about 30km from camp)
  • Ratel Pan Bird Hide (Piet Grobler Dam – located on the Timbavati/Roodewal road about 35km from camp)
  • Kids Educational Programme (Seasonal)
  • Sweni Wilderness Trail (pre-booked overnight activity)
  • Mananga 4×4 Adventure Trail (weather sensitive activity)
  • Through prior arrangement with the camp, catered traditional dances can be arranged.
  • Wildlife films on the big screen (every evening except Sundays)

See the Park’s Activities for a comprehensive list.


Facilities

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Deli
  • Shop
  • Mini ATM facility available in the restaurant
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Swimming Pool with children’s playground.
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Day Visitors Picnic Area with Boma on perimeter of camp
  • Eco Information Centre and Amphitheatre
  • Limited Channel DSTV in Guest Houses only
  • Cellphone reception

See the Park’s Facilities for a comprehensive list.


Day Visitors

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.


Travel Information

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng

By Air

The closest airport to Satara is Eastgate Airport that is situated in Hoedspruit. The airport is approximately 68 km from Orpen Gate.

By Road: Orpen Gate

Head toward Nelspruit on the N4 and take the R540 Belfast turn off. At Lydenburg turn left onto the R36 heading north. 30 km 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 camp is 48 km 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!


Flora & Fauna

See the Fauna & Flora pages of the Park for more information.

Mammals

Satara is regarded as one of the best game viewing areas in the park and is particularly noted for the big cats, with lion, leopard and cheetah recorded regularly.

General game includes blue wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck, giraffe and the ubiquitous impala. Rhino, buffalo and elephant are also easily seen. Of the smaller animals, the honey badger is something to look out for. At night spotted hyena regularly whoop from the camp’s perimeter while the repetitive sonar chink of fruit bats blends with the chirp of cicada and cricket.

Vegetation

Satara 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.


5 Things To Seek

  1. Red-billed Buffalo Weaver
  2. Lion
  3. Giraffe
  4. Blue Wildebeest
  5. Honey Badger

Contacts

  • Telephone: +27 (0)13 735 6306/7
  • Fax: +27 (0)13 735 6304
  • Hospitality Service Manager: Dr Ezrom Mathumbu – 013 735 6306/7
  • Duty Manager: Mr Dumisani Ntlemo – 082 802 1209 or 013 735 6306/7
  • Duty Manager: Ms Patience Mabaso – 082 802 1209 or 013 735 6306/7

See Camp Contacts for more information.


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