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South Africa Safari

Notten's Bush Camp

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Notten's Bush Camp
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Notten’s 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 the Sabi Sand Reserve and Greater Kruger National Park. It is a destination that will truly touch your heart and soul.

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. 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. Boundless hospitality is the hallmark of Notten’s 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.

Notten’s Bush Camp was started in 1986. It is now in it’s fourth generation with the Notten family. It all began in 1963 when John Notten acquired a portion of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, which was to be enjoyed as a tranquil retreat for the family and their friends. It wasn’t until 1986 that Bambi and Gilly Notten, following their dream, opened their family home to what is known today as Notten’s Bush Camp. It was from this dream that the story of Notten’s Bush Camp began and made it possible for the family to contribute to the preservation of a magnificent piece of South Africa, which has been shared with special people from all over the world. It is a place that has witnessed incredible events and amazing characters, both animal and human, that have carved the enduring story to be enjoyed today. The legacy of the this private safari lodge in South Africa is now in its fourth generation in the Notten, as well as the Matabula family. Specter Matabula was employed by the family in 1963 and he would be proud to know that his son and his son’s children are now a part of Notten’s Bush Camp South Africa.

Recently won runner up for best Safari lodge in Africa in the Good Safari Guide Awards 2008.

Accommodation            For images of Notten's Bush Camp, click Notten's Camp Images
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.

•  8 Private Suites
•   Each elegantly decorated
•   En-suite bath, shower, toilet and hand basin
•   Mosquito netting on windows and doors
•   Private game viewing deck
•   Overhead fans

Notten’s Bush Camp’s 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.

Weddings and Honeymoons
Notten’s is a romantic destination that is perfect for honeymooners. It is an intermit lodge that takes exclusively a maximum of 16 guest. The private suites are beautifully decorated and all have en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. Coming back from an spectacular evening game drive, guest arrive with the camp fuller lit up with lanterns and candles. Their suites are also lit up and they can bath in candle light, soaking up in luxurious amenities especially chosen by Notten’s, while listening to the sounds of the African night. A special private dinner under the evening stars can be arrange to make it an occasion never to be forgotten. The days can be spent relaxing at the pool enjoying Bambi’s famous pims cocktail and it is also possible to have a couples massage at the spa or in the comfort of your suite. A honeymoon wouldn’t be complete without the delicious meals that Notten’s serves throughout the day.

• 2 Game drives daily in an open Landrover
• Daily bush walks
• 3 meals a day
• Massages at the spa
• Relaxation at the pool
• Evenings in the boma around a blazing fire

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.

Cool off next to the sparkling pool, drinking cocktails and refreshments from the fully stocked bar, or relax in the shade of the Marula trees on the wooden deck overlooking the waterhole and watch the animals wander past.  Treat yourself to a deeply relaxing massage at the Notten’s Nature Spa. Enjoy delicious meals and the fine company of both local and international guests.

Cultural tours can be arranged into the local Shangaan community to get an insight into their unique culture.

Golf trips can be arranged to the Skukuza Golf Course, which is 45 minutes away from Notten’s. This gives golfers a unique opportunity of playing a round of golf within the Kruger National Park.

Lounge and Dinging
• Indoor lounge with large and fully stocked barand wine cellar.
• Open-plan lounge & dining area leading to a wooden deck overlooking a vast plain and waterhole.

• Indoor and outdoor treatment room.
• Plunge pool.

The essence of Notten’s nature Spa is to keep it simple and close to nature. Its focus is on therapeutic massage, giving guests the opportunity to relax, refresh and rejuvenate through receiving full body treatments in a truly beautiful and peaceful place.

The wildlife sightings in the Sabi Sand are renowned for their consistency. If you want to be literally assured of seeing the big cats like Lion and especially Leopard, up close from an open safari vehicle, then this is the place to go. To give an example, the following are extracted from Sabi Sabi's sightings log for a recent, typical month at Sabi Sabi.

Lion have been sighted every day this month. Coalitions of up to 3 males observed on numerous occasions. On several of these, they have been accompanied by one or two females and mating has been observed.

Almost daily sightings of the 4 cubs, always accompanied by one or two females. Several sightings of two females in the company of 5 sub-adults. Lone male and females also observed. The lone males more frequently.

Males were also sighted at the entrance to Bush Lodge. A successful Zebra hunt was seen, also the females and young cubs viewed on a Buffalo kill. Another sighting - females and cubs - on a Kudu kill.

Leopard have been seen on all but three Game Drives this month. The female with sub-adult cub has been observed almost daily. On one occasion they were relaxing in the shade in the branches of a tree. Lone males – numerous sightings. Lone females – several sightings – 2 of which were on a kill – Impala and Bush Buck. One female observed hunting Impala. One male Leopard observed killing a sleeping male Cheetah.

Fifteen sightings of solitary females and 16 of solitary males. Three sightings of male and female together, but no mating observed. Several sightings of female and two sub-adults.

Buffalo seen every day this month. Herds of Buffalo – some as large as approximately 350 were seen numerous times. On one occasion – fighting with Lion. There were also many sightings of lone Bulls and groups of up to 10 Bulls. Four male Buffalo were observed on the access road to Selati Camp.

Rhino observed every day this month. Lone males – observed almost every day. Numerous sightings of between 1 and 3 females with 2 sub-adults. Several sightings of groups of 2 and 3 females.

Elephant observed daily this month. Groups of up to 10 males seen almost daily. Lone Bulls observed numerous times. One bull observed having a drink from the swimming pool at Bush Lodge. A herd of females with sub-adults and juveniles – numerous sightings.

Cheetah sightings almost daily. The female with her sub-adult cub was seen on many occasions. They were also observed feeding on a sub-adult Water Buck kill. Lone male observed hunting young Kudu and again, feeding on the kill. Also sighted - A male Leopard killed a sleeping male Cheetah!

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