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Satara

Satara is centrally situated in some of the world’s best safari bush. Cat country, famous for lion and cheetah

About Satara

Satara is centrally situated in some of the world’s best safari bush. Cat country, famous for lion, cheetah and leopard sightings.

Satara is not an African name or word, but a misinterpretation of a Hindi word meaning 17. When the ZAR(Zuid Afrikaansche Repuliek) was dividing up this area for farmers, this area was noted on the surveyor’s maps by an Indian worker as Satra, meaning 17. The camp is fairly busy, as this is excellent safari viewing, by day and many bush sounds at night. This area is famous for abundant grazers, which attracts numerous predators, including lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah.

Why visit Satara?

  • Satara is in the center of one of the worlds best safari destinations. .
  • The camp has all necessary amenities for most tourists, from individuals to families. This camp is therefore quite busy, but well worth the visit, for the local safari benefits.
  • Predators and prey alike, make a great visual display by day and an orchestra of voices by night. Keep an eye open for elephant, lion, hyena, zebra, gnu and jackal by day. At night, fruit bats, owlets, jackal, lion, crickets and cicada make their voices heard.

Tips:

A family friendly camp, with varied accommodation and facilities.
Great game viewing as you leave the camp gates – The S100 east of Satara, is one of the best roads for predators in Kruger Park and the rest of Africa.
Various walks in the camp site offer great birding and tree spotting possibilities – the perimeter fence can deliver surprises at any time.
Swimming pool for residents will entertain the kids on hot summer days.
In the camp, at night, be sure to keep an eye and ear open for fruit bats, owlets, crickets and cicada and outside the perimeter fence jackal, lion and hyena – ask at reception, where the waterhole is outside the fence and take up seat after dusk and before dawn.

Biome(animal and plant habitat)

Knob Thorn / Marulla Savanna

Animals to look out for in the area:

Prime Big 5 area
Elephant
Leopard
Buffalo
Rhino
Lion
Hyena
Wild dog, only if you’re lucky
Giraffe

Birds to look out for in the area:

Burchell’s Starling,
Montagu’s and Pallid Harrier,
Mourning Dove,
Barn owl,
Pearl-spotted Owlet,
Scops owls (look out for the roost at reception),
Verreaux’s (Giant) Eagle owl,
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver,
Square-tailed (Mozambique) Nightjar.

Not to miss routes in the area:

S100, S41, H1-3, H7, H6, S90, S39, S126
Nsemani Dam route-(Mornings) H1-4, H7, Nsemani Dam, back to S40, Girivana Dam, S12, H7, H1-4 32km (2 hours)
N’wanetsi (Afternoon – allow enough time!) H1-4, S90, S41, to Nwanetsi Picnic site and Sweni hide, return on S41 and S100 – 100km (4,5 hours) – Allow extra time for good viewing – H6 is a quicker return, after a fruitful safari!
Tshokwane Picnic Site (Mornings) H1-4, H1-3, S125 or S126, S36, S34, Tshokwane, H1-3, S32, Orpen Dam, H1-3, H1-4 120km (5 hours)
Orpen Gate (Mornings) H1-4, H7, S106, Rabelais Pan, Rabelais hut, Orpen, Return vian H7 and Bobbejaan krans 120 km (5 hours)
Timbavati (Mornings reverse for afternoon) H7, S39, Timbavati Picnic Site, Ratel Pan Hide, Roodewal, H1-4 135 km (6 hours)

Water centered game and bird viewing:

Timbavati river – Follow the S39
Girivana Dam S12
Nsemani dam H7

Notable Camp Facilities and Activities:

Shop
Restaurant
Bush breakfast and barbecue(braai)
Game drive in an open vehicle, with a trained guide Guided bushwalks
Perimeter walk
Filling station
Swimming pool
Sweni Wilderness Trail (pre-booked overnight activity)
Mananga 4 x 4 Adventure Trail (weather permitting activity)

Accommodation:

Bungalows 152
Campsites 100
Guest Cottage 1
Guest Houses 3

Contact Satara

  • Tel: +27 (0)13 735 6306/7
  • Cell Phone 082 802 1209

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© images Jacques Fouché

Jacques Fouche

Jacques has been a keen travel junkie, for as long as he can remember. Having spent his childhood in Namibia, Limpopo province in South Africa (near the Kruger National Park ) and KZN in South Africa and later Cape Town, always been surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. Qualifying as a safari guide in 1996, Jacques guided over virtually all possible natural eco systems and travelled over hundreds of thousands of kilometers, through all the southern African countries. Later he spent 8 years living and working in Austria, mixing cultural, city and natural scenic travels all across Europe.

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