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Satara is a busy camp 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. The camp is well wooded and the daytime bird-life is prolific. At night the clink of fruit bats is fused with the chirping of cicadas and crickets. The call of owls and nightjars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyena, the screech of jackal and the pout of lion.Satara is regarded as one of the best game viewing areas in the park and is particularly noted for cats, with lion, leopard and cheetah being recorded regularly. General game includes blue wildebeest, Burchell’s 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.
Satara, like other camps, has a plethora of resident birds. Particularly prominent are Redbilled Buffalo Weaver, Glossy, Greater Blue-eared and Burchell’s Starling and Mourning Dove. At night Giant Eagle, Barn, Scops and Pearlspotted Owls can be seen and heard in camp.
Satara, like most camps, has been artificially well wooded. The surrounding vegetation is knob thorn /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.
Rates Include:Accommodation, bedding and 14% VATRates Exclude:Optional excursions / Conservation fees
Game Drive options available; please enquireClimate: Satara is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often humid. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.Handy Hints: Plan your trip – do not try and cover too great a distance. Kruger is a massive tract of land and frequently visitors try to cover too much ground. Slow travel and regular stopping produces much more action than covering a lot of ground. Early mornings and evening time are usually the most productive game viewing periods.The bird hides at Sweni and Ratel Pan and the lookout point at N’wanedzi. Kruger National Park has implemented additional gate access control system at tis entrance gates in the south of the park. As from 1 September 2017, ALL visitors over years old will be required to produce their identity document, passport or alternative valid identification e.g. driver’s license card for scanning upon entering and exiting the park
Remember to bring a camera, binoculars, bird and wildlife reference books, a hat and sunscreen lotion. Also remember to take along medicines such as anti-histamine and lotion for insect stings and bites.Office Hours:Month Open CloseNov to Feb 08:00 19:00Mar/Apr & Aug to Oct 08:00 18:30May to July 08:00 18:00Please Take Note: The speed limit is 50 km/h on tar and 40 km/h on gravel. Visitors are not permitted to leave their vehicle other than at designated get out points and rest camps. Pets are not permitted in a national park.Firearms must be declared at the entrance gate and sealed. The seal will be broken upon departure. Open vehicles must obtain the necessary permit. Feeding of the animals is strictly prohibited for your own as well as the animal’s safety and well-being.Gate Hours:Gate Times Nov-Jan Feb Mar & Oct Apr May-Jul Aug-SeptPark Gates Open 05:3005:30 05:30 06:00 06:0006:00Camp Gates Open 04:3005:30 05:30 06: 00 06:0006:00Park & Camp Gates Close 18:30 18:30 18:00 17:30 17:3018:00 Wheelchair Access: There are 2 two-bedded huts in the rest camp with barrier free facilities. The ablutions have a bath facility. The camp is situated over flat terrain and access is made easy by the paved roads that lead around all the accommodation units. Access into and inside the camp’s restaurant, reception and shop is easily achieved. The communal washing-up facilities are on a raised level that requires assistance to be accessed. There is a barrier free toilet and shower facility in the campsite.N’wanetsi Lookout and Picnic Site: Access to the toilets, the eating and cooking areas has been facilitated by the placement of brick paving. Access to the washing-up area is still required. The marvellous lookout hide has also been made accessible through paving of the pathway. The trail, however, is extremely steep and assistance is required.Sweni Bird Hide: Very close to Nwanetsi this hide has been recently constructed. The entrance gate is kept closed by a strong recoiling spring. This is to prevent entry by wild animals, and makes unassisted entry and exit in a wheelchair difficult. The path to the hide is down a moderate slope and the surface is gravel one. Some wheelchair users may require assistance. Once inside, there are fixed benches for visitors to use. There is however sufficient space between benches for wheelchair users to effectively access the viewing slot.Tshokwane Picnic Site: 50 km from Satara/ 43 from Skukuza/ 44 from Lower Sabie, the site is on a level surface although soft sand impairs free movement in places. The kiosk is accessible. There are 2 toilet blocks. Visitors with disabilities should note that there is an accessible toilet only at the block on the left-hand side of the parking.Eileen Orpen Dam: 4 km from Tshokwane, the Orpen Dam has a viewing hide on the hillside overlooking the dam. The paving of the path, which is down a fairly steep gradient, has facilitated access to the hide. Some wheelchair users may require assistance. The toilets are not accessible.Nhlanguleni: 59 km from Satara/ 27 km from Tshokwane, Nhlanguleni is a small and rustic picnic site on a relatively smooth and flat surface. The cooking and eating facilities are accessible, but the toilets are not.Muzandzeni: Situated 33 km from Satara, this is another small and rustic picnic site on a relatively smooth and flat surface. The cooking and eating facilities are accessible, but the toilets are not.Timbavati Picnic Site: 25 km from Satara/46 from Olifants is this delightful little picnic site overlooking the Timbavati River. The eating and cooking facilities are on a relatively smooth and level surface. Access to the toilets and washing-up facilities has been facilitated by the placement of brick pathways. The toilets have the necessary adaptations and although the slope may be steep for some wheelchair users, they are easily accessible.