Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
Notten’s Bush Camp in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve’s Mpumalanga province is one of South Africa’s oldest private game lodges. It has been operating since 1986 on a portion of land acquired by the Notten family in the early sixties with the initial purpose of using it as the family’s own private retreat.
Personally run by the fourth generation of the family, the camp is proudly independent and provides a highly personalised experience to a maximum of sixteen guests staying in one of eight suites.
Notten’s is full of romance, atmosphere and character, with an emphasis on authenticity alongside comfort. Suites are not air conditioned, but have ceiling fans, mosquito nets are used, and Notten’s favours candles and paraffin lamps over electric lighting. Each suite has a private game viewing deck.
As befits the friendly feel at Notten’s, meals are eaten along with the Notten family and staff at a communal table, whether around the campfire in the ‘boma’ or by candlelight in the summerhouse. The open-plan lounge and dining area lead onto a wooden deck which overlooks a waterhole and plains.
Swim leisurely laps in the 20m pool, alongside which sit sun loungers and an open-plan pavilion providing shade and the idea spot for a poolside drink.
Notten’s Nature Spa has its own plunge pool, and treatments can be enjoyed either inside or outside.
All staff at Notten’s Bush Camp are from the Shangaan tribe and come from local rural villages. Head Ranger Joe Mathebula, has been with the lodge since it began, and his father was employed by the family back in 1963.
Notten’s Bush Camp Information
- Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve. A 90-minute flight from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands.
- Accomodation: 8 Private Suites.
- Facilities: Plunge pool, spa, indoor and outdoor treatment room, indoor lounge with large and fully stocked barand wine cellar, facilities for re-charging of video machines and camera batteries.
- Activities: Game drives, bush walks, photographic safaris, bird watching, golf at Skukuza Golf Course (45mins away), boma.
- Weather: All year round, rainy season from December to February. May to August is peak safari season; land is dry and animals congregate around water sources.
- Children: Children 6 and over are welcome, unless the group is taking over the entire camp (min. 14 people), then guests of any age are welcome.