Nottens Bush Camp in the Sabi Sands

Nottens Bush Camp

Nottens Bush Camp is a jewel within the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, which means “the land of the rising sun” in the locally spoken language, Shangaan. Notten’s is an exclusive and private safari lodge personally run by the Notten family. This beautiful, intimate safari lodge is situated within one of South Africa’s finest natural sanctuaries. It is a destination that will truly touch your heart and soul.


Each private suite is elegantly styled, spacious and cooled by ceiling fans. A magical atmosphere is created with the purposeful absence of electric lighting; the ambient candlelight and lanterns capturing an enchanting spirit of romance. With splendid panoramic views, this private game lodge is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while watching animals meander past.

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Safaris are led by experienced rangers in open-top land rovers, offering an adventurous discovery of the region’s prolific wildlife, including Big 5 game viewing. Unique walking safaris are offered daily giving guest the opportunity of discovering the hidden treasures of the region. This can be followed by lazy hours spent in the sparkling pool or having a massage at the Nature Spa.

Under the cloak of nightfall one can enjoy the sounds of the African night, while dining in the enchanting candlelit boma beneath a canopy of stars.

Find sanctity within the natural rhythms of Mother Nature. Enjoy candlelit baths, massages, mesmerizing nights around blazing fires and close encounters with Africa’s Big 5 Game at this world class private safari lodge in South Africa, located in the Sabi Sand game reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park.

Boundless hospitality is the hallmark of Nottens Bush Camp, to which satisfied visitors return time and again. A fine combination of peace, romance and a touch of decadence all in untamed Africa.

Accommodation consists of beautifully appointed suites with open plan bedroom and en-suite bathroom. All suites have both indoor and outdoor shower facilities. All windows and sliding doors are fitted with screens and insect coils are provided. Each suite at Notten’s Bush Camp leads onto a private wooden deck with a beautiful view of the bush. Paraffin lamps and candles replace electric lighting for ambience and all the rooms are cooled with an overhead ceiling fan.

Facilities are available for the re-charging of video machines and camera batteries in the safari lodge’s reception area. A main line telephone facility is also available.

Number of beds – 7 Double rooms

Style of accommodation Individual suites elegantly decorated En-suite bath, shower, toilet and hand basin Mosquito netting on windows and doors Private game viewing deck Overhead fans

Lounge/Dining area

Open plan lounge and dining area leading onto a wooden deck overlooking a vast plain and waterhole Indoor lounge with large fire place and a fully stocked bar Open air boma for an evening around the fire

Swimming pool – Sparkling pool with open plan pavilion Massage Deck – Beautifully peaceful for therapeutic treatments.

Nottens Bush Camp Game Viewing

A typical day at Nottens Bush Camp begins at dawn with a 05h30 wake up call. Guests gather either on the wooden deck to watch the sun rise or in the “boma”, under the Marula trees, where tea and coffee are served. Monkeys peer from the branches and watch one’s every move with intent curiosity.

After tea the guests are taken on an early morning game drive in the open Land Rover with an experienced game ranger and Shangaan tracker.

The game drive traverses the bush on the Nottens Bush Camp land, following the spoor and scent of animals and avoiding trees which have been trampled by elephant, but sticking predominantly to the dirt roads that make their way through the bush. Morning tea and coffee and a bite is served relaxing next to a waterhole.

There is nothing as invigorating as watching Africa’s wildlife in their natural habitat. The place where nature dictates the rules and humans are mere observers. Enjoy an unforgettable African lion safari in the wide expanse of the greater Kruger National Park ecosystem.

Driving or being guided on foot by our experienced rangers will bring you as close as you will ever get to true nature, the African way. With daily guided tours from early morning to late night drives join us for an African safari beyond your wildest expectations

Early morning and evening game drive safaris in an open-top Land Rover with an experienced game ranger, where one can enjoy sightings of the Big 5 and other wildlife in the region.

Unique walking safaris with an armed game ranger knowledgeable in all aspects of conservation, ecology and the environment of the bush.

Bird watching and photographic safaris.