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Nottens Bush Camp Sabi Sands Kruger
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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,
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.
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.
Nottens Bush Camp Accommodation
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
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.
Each private suite is elegantly styled, spacious and cooled by ceiling
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.
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. Recently winning runner up for best Safari lodge in Africa in
the Good Safari Guide Awards 2008.
Nottens Bush Lodge Facilities
- 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
Main Dining area:
- Open Plan Lounge & Dining Area leading onto
- Large Wooden Deck over looking water hole
- Indoor Lounge Area with large fire place
- Bar & Wine Cellar
- Notten's has a 20 meter lap pool with an open plan pavilion , where
one can enjoy a day of sun tanning and drinking Notten's Famous Pims No.1.
- 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.
In the evenings guests dine in the open air boma around a blazing fire,
enjoying the sounds of the African night
A typical day at Notten's 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
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 Notten's 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.
On returning from the morning game drive, guests are treated to a hearty
"bush feast" on the deck.
Freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice are on offer, as well as
coffees and teas and a colourful fruit salad, consisting of all the delicious
and succulent "Eastern Transvaal" fruits of the season.
A choice of eggs are on offer accompanied by grilled tomato with oreganum,
crispy chips, giant black mushrooms done with thyme, crunchy bacon and
our world famous sausages.
With very full and satisfied bellies, a walk with a game ranger is an
option for those wanting a closer encounter with the bush, while the day
is still cool.
The less energetic relax around the pool with refreshments
or one of Bambi's famous Pimms, from the bar, or enjoy the solitude and
tranquility until tea time and you can treat yourself to a deeply relaxing
massage at the Notten's Nature Spa.
At 15h30: A high tea is served on the open plan deck before leaving for
another game drive. Enjoy this tea whilst watching zebra on the open plain,
or an elephant taking a "bath" in the waterhole, or a troop
of baboons just being their normal selves!
Driving through the bush at night in search of nocturnal predators, eyes
are captured by the tracker's spotlight as he scans the bush. A leopard,
a herd of impala, a wary hyena, a 'nag apie' in a tree .... the element
of surprise always there.
Every sound, every movement captures one's attention.
The bush at night has a life of its own.
On returning to Notten's Bush Camp, a delicious dinner is served in the
boma around a log fire, under a canopy of stars in winter, and in the
summerhouse or dining room with a huge blazing fire in the summer.
All meals are hosted by the Nottens and their staff, and are a social
occasion. This gives the guests the opportunity of hearing the bush stories
and learning more about the local Shangaan culture.
To end off the day one can enjoy a relaxing candle-lit bath while listening
to the call of the hyena in the background.
What to bring on Safari:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sun hats
- Sun creams
- Anti-malaria pills
Summer : light clothing and swimming costumes, windbreaker for game drives.
Winter : light to warm clothing for daytime, warm clothing and hat for
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.
How to get to Notten's:
The distance to Notten's Bush Camp by road from Johannesburg is approx.
480 km's. The scenic route descends from the Highveld to the Lowveld with
spectacular views of the Drakensberg Mountains in the distance.Taking
either the N4 or the N12 from Johannesburg one travels past Witbank to
Nelspruit, from there the R40 takes one to White River and then on to
Hazyview. At Hazyview, take the R536 towards the Paul Kruger Gate and
Skukuza. After 37 km you will see the Notten's Bush Camp sign. Turn left
onto a dirt road. Travel for 7 km and you will get to the Sabi-Sand Game
Reserve Gate. Pay R80,- and follow the Notten's signs.
History of Nottens Bush Camp
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 third 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
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