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Satara Rest Camp, Kruger National Park

The plains surrounding Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park are popular for spotting lionsThe area surrounding Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park is one of the most game-rich areas in the park, making the camp one of the most popularly visited in the park. This area is famous for its lion sightings. Interestingly, the area surrounding the camp lies within the ‘lion-triangle’ of the park, between Orpen, Satara and Letaba rest camps.

The plains in this area are home to other predators too. Cheetahs frequent this area, most probably because of the high number of grazers that call these plains their home. In fact, Satara has been renowned for a number of years as being one of the best places in the park to spot big cats.

For 4×4 enthusiasts, the Mananga trail offers a great chance to go off the beaten track in the Kruger, a chance which should be taken with little fuss. Bookings can be made at the camp’s reception. If you’re simply wishing to have a slow and easy cruise through the plains of the camp, the drives here are some of the best in the park. Seldom do those who’ve ventured from the camp in their vehicles come back with an unscratched tick-list. Bookings and info

Getting there: From Gauteng, 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

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