Notten's Bush Camp

traditional Camp | Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

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Set in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Notten's is a tranquil, hidden gem. With just nine suites and only lit by candle and lamplight, Notten's showcases its history as one of the first safari lodges in South Africa and is still family-run today. Sit on your wooden deck and survey the bush for animals, take a dip in the lap pool or tell stories cozied around the fireplace.

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Number of Rooms: 9

Notten's Bush Camp is a tranquil nine-suite camp in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. One of the original private game lodges in South Africa, this family-run accommodation offers a low-key, authentic African safari experience. The spacious, open-plan suites feature an en suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers and broad sliding glass doors that open onto your private wooden deck overlooking the bush. One of the most distinctive features of Notten's is its paraffin lanterns and candles, which replace electrical lighting. Charging facilities are available in the main area, where lounge and dining facilities sit under a timber roof and open out onto wooden decks. There is also a boma for al fresco meals on warmer evenings. A cozy wood-burning fireplace creates ambience in the cooler evenings. A 20-yard lap pool sits alongside a covered pavilion for relaxation between game drives, and an understated spa has both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and a plunge pool.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with indoor/outdoor showers
  • Room fan
  • 220v charging facilities in main area
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa (extra cost)
  • Laundry (extra cost)
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Notten's Bush Camp sits in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, one of the original hollows of this wildlife-rich setting. The Sabi Sand is known as the home of the leopard, as well as elephant, black and white rhino, lion, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, and other plains game and bird life. Enjoy twice daily wildlife drives, optional guided bush walks, and back in camp you have the pool, spa and the many public areas to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature.

The Sabi Sand is known for great leopard viewing, healthy rhino populations and the rest of the Big Five, making it a great wildlife destination for all levels of safari experience. The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced here. Other typical sightings may include warthogs, baboons and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope
White Rhino
Wild Dog
South Africa Sabi Sand Reserve

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 84° F 68° F 3.86 in
28° C 20° C 98 mm
February 88° F 70° F 6.54 in
31° C 21° C 166 mm
March 88° F 68° F 5.24 in
31° C 20° C 133 mm
April 84° F 61° F 1.85 in
28° C 16° C 47 mm
May 81° F 50° F 0.43 in
27° C 10° C 11 mm
June 81° F 43° F 0.12 in
27° C 6° C 3 mm
July 77° F 43° F 0.16 in
25° C 6° C 4 mm
August 82° F 48° F 0.16 in
27° C 8° C 4 mm
September 82° F 57° F 0.55 in
27° C 13° C 14 mm
October 81° F 61° F 1.77 in
27° C 16° C 45 mm
November 84° F 66° F 6.61 in
28° C 18° C 168 mm
December 84° F 63° F 9.41 in
28° C 17° C 239 mm

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