Reviews of Satao Camp
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Great safari at Satao Camp
We loved Satao and found the staff really helpful & friendly. Service was swift and efficient too.
Very comfortable tents & great bathrooms.
The lack of fences made you feel you were really in the bush - the two lions very near our tent roaring loudly one night was amazing as was the hyenas' "laughter" the next night!
Excellent set-up at Satao
Satao Camp was an excellent facility that was very efficiently run.
The accommodation was extremely comfortable, the staff friendly and the food fantastic
Satao Camp review
It's a long, long road trip from Pinewood Resort to Satao. 7 hrs by road each way. Too long!
If it was our first safari or we were keen photographers it would have been a disappointing trip. Plenty to see but not enough tracks or roads in the park to get close to the animals. The result is that a resting pack of lions and cheetah and cubs could barely be seen as they were so far away. Certainly over 300 yards away! As well felt that the hide at the camp was too far from the waterhole.
Accommodation was very nice as was the food. Again the staff were terrific.
Expert Africa comments
The road transfer from Pinewood to Satao Camp is normally around five hours, with the last hour through the park in a 4x4 safari vehicle. Unfortunately there are no scheduled light aircraft flights to Tsavo East National Park, so aside from chartering a plane, road transfers are the only option. On a safari of only two nights, luck plays a prominent role in determining the success of wildlife sightings. Nevertheless, as the Expert Africa photos show, big cats are often seen very close to the tracks and roads. Satao Camp itself is well known for the quantities of wildlife that frequently come into camp. The hide is positioned in a location where guests can normally safely reach it (and return from it) without being stranded while animals are active below. We are sorry that these travellers felt the wildlife experience was disappointing overall.
Satao Camp review
Confusion regarding transfer from Driftwood to Satao - driver arrived before 6.00 am for 6.30 am pick-up and insisted that we were going back to Mombasa. I could not understand why this was - connected with German couple for journey from Mombasa to Satao Camp - this seemed like a very long winded way and wasted a considerable amount of our time.
Satao Camp excellent - tent excellent, food good, jeep excellent, driver/guide excellent.
Expert Africa comments
We are very sorry for any lack of clarity about the transfer to Satao Camp.
We now understand that transfers to the park gate are usually conducted in a road vehicle, sometimes with other passengers, and invariably via Mombasa (as the direct road from Malindi to the park is rough and dusty, there's not much in it in terms of time). At the gate, travellers change vehicles to a 4x4 safari vehicle for the drive through the park to the camp. We were not aware that this was the case, and in future all travellers making road transfers from the coast to Satao Camp will be clearly advised of how they are conducted. The option of more expensive, private transfers is also available.
A unique experience
Needless to say the location of Satao by the watering hole is breathtaking, and we found it extremely relaxing to be somewhere so peaceful.
The quality of the accommodation was fantastic, we felt extremely secure in the tent and the bathroom and other facilities were exceptional. I would have preferred to have had a mosquito net over the bed, but there were nets over the windows and door and we were supplied with room spray.
The food was especially excellent, and again the staff extremely friendly. It is a meticulously well thought-through experience at Satao, and we felt completely safe there and had huge confidence in everyone. Incredibly they also had free Wifi access!