Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the "birthplace" of sustainable wilderness tourism and development in Sub-Saharan Africa, loved by guests and staff alike as a place of wilderness, wildlife, and adventure. Home to the extensive Mpumalanga cross-section of wildlife, including the Big Five and various endangered species, the park also shares 50 kilometers of its unfenced boundary line with neighboring Kruger National Park. Animals pass casually between the two parks, unhindered and abundant.
Notten's Bush Camp is established on a privately owned region of the greater Sabi and plays home to one of South Africa's most valued natural ecosystems. Unfenced and completely open to the huge variety of wildlife in the area, Notten's is also home to a team of trained and experienced Shangaan trackers who ensure a holistic introduction into the wilds of the area.
Accommodation at Notten's consists of nine exclusive safari suites, with open plan bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor shower facilities, ceiling fans, insect coils to protect against mosquitoes, and private decks. Lighting is not electric, but paraffin powered.
Facilities at Notten's include restaurants, a cocktail lounge, swimming pool, bird watching, pubs, twenty-four-hour laundry, masseurs, curio shop, and a wellness center.
Guests to Notten's Bush Camp have a variety of activities and planned outings laid before them. Included in the visit are open-vehicle morning and evening game drives and professionally guided bush walks through the unfenced wild of the park, exciting spotlit night game drives, the Notten's Nature Spa which offers a full range of treatments, as well as a short drive out to the fantastic Skukuza golf course.
Just like many of the camps in this area, Notten's is home to impressive selections of Big Five and various other animal groups, all of which have spent so much time in the park that the presence of tourists and rangers has ceased to startle them - making game viewing a pleasure. Hyena
• Children under the age of six are not permitted at Notten's.
• Children 12 years and under enjoy a 30% discount.
• Children of all ages are welcome where the entire lodge is exclusively booked. (minimum of fourteen people).
Inclusions and Exclusions
• Rates include three meals per day, accommodation, two game drives and a bushwalk.
• Morning and evening game drives, and accommodation are also included.
• Excluded from the price are bar expenses, massages, laundry, transfers, and items from the shop.
From $ 511
Rates are fully inclusive of three meals, accommodation, two game drives and bush walk per day, local soft drinks, house
|Dates||Rates (PPS)||Rates (SINGLE)|
|01 Jan 2022 — 31 Dec 2022||$ 511||$ 766|
"We just loved our stay in Notten's Bush Camp. Staff are so welcoming, warm and generous, from the owners that share our dinners and open their bar very generously, to the game guides, the kitchen staff, the ground staff. Rooms are very spacious and beautifully furnished, bed is very comfortable, the game drives are fantastic, food is superb, drinks are high quality. Look out for the animals from the dining room! The fact that there is no electric lights and that we all share dinner around a large table makes this place very special. We felt that we were among friends (the guests were great as well!) in paradise. We miss you all! Hope to come back to see sometimes soon!"
"The Nottens Bush Camp was the first stop on my first visit to South Africa. It couldn't have given me a better introduction! The place is superb in so many ways - wonderful, spacious rooms; absolutely delicious and varied meals; excellent game viewing and a staff that focuses on making your trip comfortable and enjoyable. I was first struck by the 'look' of the place upon arrival. It somehow looks just like what it is - a high-quality, comfortable and relaxing bush resort. There is a wonderful large pool, a work out facility (not like the best US clubs, but more than sufficient for cardio and light weight lifting), and a relaxing dining area and sitting room/bar that looks out toward the bush. I was able to see the 'big five' within 24 hours of arrival and on two instances saw 4 of the 'big five' before breakfast. This included 3 sightings of different leopards, two sightings of lions, very close encounters with rhinos, along with beautiful giraffe, elephants and several types of antelopes (impalas, etc.). The guide that I had was a wealth of knowledge and more than happy to share in a very friendly and helpful manner. Knowing that several in our car wanted to see 'cats', he made sure that we weren't disappointed."
"We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon and was our first Safari and did not disappoint. The lodge it self was beautiful and nothing was to much trouble for the staff. The food was some of the best we have ever tasted and really enjoyed the experience of eating as one group at night. Our ranger and spotter knew exactly what they were doing which meant we saw so many animals including lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos & wild dogs and managed to capture some amazing photos. Great people, food and Safari and would go back tomorrow."
"We have been on many safaris in different African countries. But, I have to say that Nottens is top of the list. Fabulous in every way, staff, lodgings, food, wine, guides and trackers, sightings, all , are the very best. An authentic bush experience. We hated to leave, we shall be back and we can't recommend highly enough."
"We had a lovely 2 days. We thought that the staff were excellent very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. Rooms spacious and we were glad of the fan as it was very hot. We were delighted to see the leopards and lions. Thanks very much."
- Rose Sutton-Pryce
"We spent a January weekend in Sabi Sand at Nottens. Despite some unusual torrential rain, Nottens delivered all the way! Friendly, attentive staff. Excellent food. Comfortable and spacious non-electrical suites provides special atmosphere. Ranger and tracker dedicated to deliver the game experience despite wet conditions during one night/day. It is almost magical returning to the candle lit lodge after the evening game drive. Owner Dale was always present and attentive to any needs. You could feel that this is a owner operated lodge. Fully recommend it."
- Magnus Ekback
"We loved every minute. The staff were all great, we saw a lot of animals including the Big 5. the food was superb, and the other visitors very companionable."
- Margaret Stroup
"We have just returned from our African adventure and I would highly recommend this property as part of any trip. We all agreed that this was the highlight of the trip and could not fault this beautiful place. The property is set in the heart of the Sabi Sands game reserve. There is a watering hole right in front of the restaurant / viewing area which various animals visit. The property is stunning with lovely restaurant, private pool, spa and fitness suite (for those interested). We loved the fact the hotel was lit by paraffin lamps and candles. The sight was amazing when you returned from the afternoon game drive to see the property lit up in this way and for us it added to the ambiance. The suites themselves were gorgeous. We had a large bedroom, separate living room, beautiful bathroom and private outdoor shower. There was a large balcony looking out over the reserve on which to relax in down time. All the staff were excellent, from the guides to the in house ones. They were always there to ensure you were comfortable and had anything you needed while not being overbearing. The owners were also around and chat with you about the place and history. You could really sense their pride in the place and this was reflected in the staff, a lot of whom had been with them for years. The food was amazing! We could not believe how good it especially considering where we were. There was actually too much but it was hard to say no which led to the beginning of my food baby for this trip! There are 2 game drives (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) plus a game walk each day. We saw all the big five plus more. The guides and trackers work overtime to ensure you see them all and meet any specific requests. One of our group requested a giraffe drinking water as it's his favourite animal, dealing with an awkward problem. The guide was not to sure he could meet this one as they can go a long time between drinks. However, day two saw us suddenly spin around and hare down the tracks only to find 2 giraffes at a watering hole. Job done! Our guide had been in constant communication with other vehicles in case this came up."
"Really difficult to fault this wonderful place. Perhaps the only downside is having to get up at 5am , but as soon as you set off and there are giraffe or rhino or even lion or leopard within a few miles, its really worth it. We were picked up from Skukuza airport, which is in the middle of the bush. Within a mile we saw giraffe, elephant and kudu. Within 2 hours of arriving we were on our first of 8 bush drives. The rangers know the area like the back of their hands and keep in touch with the other vehicles by radio, so as soon as one has a major find, you drive hell for leather to see it. Our highlights were having a male lion walk within 3 feet of us, so close I could have touched it, Close encounters with leopard, elephant rhino. Just amazing. In fact we had seen all of the BIG 5 within 3 drives. David, who owns the camp, which has been running for over 40 years, was friendly and so much fun to be with. He treated us all as long lost friends. If there is a downside and it really is a minor one, there is no electric light in the rooms and at night it is lit with candle and oil lights, but they give you a powerful torch each evening and this can be fixed over the bed, so you are able to read if you wish. Food is excellent and drinks included. Normally when I find drinks are included it usually means that they are usually average in quality, but not at Nottens. The wine was the best we had in 2 weeks in South Africa and the barbeques were amazing. One evening they grilled 4 whole beef fillets, which were rare, medium rare, medium and well done and they were done to perfection. Staff cannot be faulted and one example hopefully will show this. On our final evening, we had dinner on the balcony area with all the other guests and this is lit by candlelight. As we stood up my wife hit an overhead candle holder and splashed hot wax all over her jacket, probably caused by over imbibing on the wonderful red wine. In the morning we looked at the jacket and thought... its ruined. Over breakfast I mentioned it and the front of house manager, a lady with a wonderful smile and a warm nature, who was called Gift, said let me have a try. She used brown paper and an iron and the jacket was returned as good as new. One piece of advice. Everyone takes cameras but we also took our ipad out on the bush drives. Initially it was to show our grand children the animals in a video, but you get so close to the animals, and by taking lots of 30 second or longer videos, it really brings it back once you return home, so if you go as a couple have one on camera and one taking video Fabulous place wonderful people."
"Notten's is unique, in that it has been personally operated by the Notten family for over 50 years. While natural and rustic would describe the camp, it is definitely not worn or lacking in upkeep. On the contrary, the decor is outstanding - comfortable, authentic, and upscale. Our room was very large, with a comfortable bed, and a sitting area. There was an outlet for charging batteries, and running the hair dryer that was provided, but otherwise, no electricity in the camp. All lighting was by lanterns & candles. When we returned to our room after dinner, the candles & lanterns were lit; the first evening a bottle of sparkling wine was waiting on ice, and the bath was filled with hot water. The bathroom was large, in addition to a private outdoor shower, & chaise. A large deck with lounge chairs stretched across the front of the building. looking toward the bush. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by Gift, who gave us a thorough tour of the camp & of our room. At breakfast & lunch we were served at our table family style; dinner was at one long table for everyone in camp, which made it nice to visit with other guests. The food was gourmet - we couldn't find better at high end restaurants in the U.S. Everything in camp was included - drinks, laundry. There was an outdoor swimming pool which we didn't have time to use. There is also golf, for a reasonable price. We didn't know that until too late. Now for the reason we went - the animals. In addition to the big 5, we saw a family of 7 painted dogs with 14 pups. The pups were going crazy over part of an earlier kill, & provided an amazing sighting. We highly recommend Notten's. Service and atmosphere were tops."
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