Notten's Bush Camp is an affordable, rustic and comfortable safari lodge in the southern sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve. The lodge accommodates guests in seven tastefully furbished suites, all en-suite with a private viewing deck which overlooks a large plain and watering hole.
- Greater Kruger National Park
- Sabi Sand Reserve
- Big 5 game viewing
- Early morning and evening game drive
- Ceiling fans and mosquito proofing
- Comfortable en-suite accommodation
- In-house masseuse
The affordable Notten's Bush Camp is situated in the Southern Sabi Sand Reserve which in turn lies in the Greater Kruger National Park ecosystem, one of South Africa's most precious natural sanctuaries. Notten's is one of many privately owned lodges in this 56,000 ha area of savannah thornveld making up the Sabi Sand Reserve.
This safari destination is the perfect choice for those looking for a reasonably priced, prime game viewing experience and accommodation that is rustic, stylish, yet simple. Because it is a small establishment, the hosts and staff are able to provide personal attention and cater to your every need. Visitors are made to feel welcome and at home.
There are seven suites consisting of an open-plan bedroom and en-suite bathroom. All suites have an indoor and outdoor shower, overhead fan and mosquito netting. The rooms are decorated with style and class and the lack of electrical lighting adds to the magical, rustic atmosphere. Each suite has its own private deck looking down onto the large plain and watering hole below. Lighting is provided by oil lamps and candles. Electrical equipment can be recharged at the main lodge.
Meals at Notten's are delicious, creative and plentiful. Dinner can be enjoyed on the balcony overlooking the open plain and watering hole or in the outside boma around a crackling fire. Here you will more than likely be treated to intriguing stories about local Shangaan culture and adventures of the bush.
Game viewing activities
The early morning and late afternoon game drives are conducted by armed guides and trackers that have intimate knowledge of the bush and the creatures therein. The morning game drive is interrupted by a tea break next to the watering hole, on the evening game drive you will be able to enjoy sundowners in the veld (grassland and bush). The afternoon game drive evolves into a night drive where powerful spotlights are used to find the nocturnal predators of the area. There are no fences in this area so game is able to move freely and plentifully, providing visitors with an excellent chance to spot some of the Big 5.
For those wanting a slower, more intimate experience of the bush and its inhabitants, bush walks are led by an armed tracker who is innately and instinctively in-tuned to the environment of the African Bush. These walks are normally conducted after breakfast.
In between game viewing, guests have the choice of relaxing around the pool with a drink or enjoying a relaxing massage on the deck. All in all, Notten's Bush Camp is a place of solitude and tranquillity, the ideal spot for a rustic romantic honeymoon or just a superbly memorable African safari experience.
By air - Transport to the lodge is possible by road or air. Guests can fly from Johannesburg to Nelspruit or Mala Mala Airport. A chartered flight from Johannesburg to Skukuza is also an option.
By road - Road transfer from Johannesburg to the Notten's Bush Camp takes about 6 hours.
Our take on Notten's Bush Camp
We love Notten's Bush Camp. The feel of the lodge with its sun-washed wood and light and airy rooms is laid back, authentic and welcoming. Notten's is owner-run and the passion for good food and warm hospitality is evident throughout. In fact, guests have raved so much about the meals that Notten's has put their most delicious meals to paper and you can now purchase their cookery book from the curio store.
- Accommodation with three meals daily
- Teas and coffees, local soft drinks, house wines and beers
- Two game drives daily in an open safari vehicle and interactive bush walks
- Conservation fee
- Flights and transfers to and from the lodge
- Sabi Sands entry fee (self-drives)
- Premium brand wines, champagne and spirits
- Telephone calls, laundry and other personal expenses
- Curio shop purchases
- Gratuities (optional)
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