Notten's Bush Camp
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Notten's Bush Camp

Sabi Sand, South Africa

Notten's Bush Camp is an old-established family-run bush camp which eschews the luxury of the modern world, preferring the simple pleasures of life in the bush.

The camp is small, with just seven double rooms, and personally run by the Notten family who are your hosts.

Because it is owner-run, there is continuity – most of the staff have been there more than 10 years and the chef has been there 20 years! Needless to say, the food is first-class.


The seven private suites at Notten's are furnished in traditional style, with antique mahogany and cane furniture. Without electricity, the rooms are lit by candlelight and oil lamps which create an enchanting,  romantic atmosphere.

Rooms are equipped with a bath as well as a shower, and cooled by a ceiling fan. Each room has a private viewing deck.


An open-plan lounge leads onto a wooden deck from where you have splendid view of a wide plain and waterhole.

Activities at Notten's Bush Camp

The very experienced rangers will show you the prolific wildlife of the Sabi Sands – leopard sightings are common on these drives. During the day you can also go out on bush walks, or visit a local village  - many of the staff are from the local community.

There is a massage deck and a range of therapeutic treatments are available, including the special kahuna massage.

During the middle of the day the swimming is a refreshing treat and provides an ideal spot to relax.


Children of 6 and over are welcome at Notten's. There is a family unit – two rooms sharing a bathroom and also two of the rooms can become triples.


Notten’s is in the southern Sabi Sand and therefore very accessible by vehicle. It is 90 minutes drive from Kruger Mpumalanga airport, and about the same distance from Hazyview. You can self-drive in or take a transfer. There is a direct flight from Johannesburg – the camp shares the Mala Mala airstrip, or you can fly in from Kruger Nelspruit airport.

Accommodation Reviews

We loved Notten’s Bush Camp and it suited us perfectly. Lovely pool and friendly attentive staff. They were so helpful with our wheelchair and getting us out onto game drives. We saw wild dogs twice (sleeping and hunting), leopards (including a female carrying her cub), a cheetah with kill, as well as numerous other game. Our guide was a little too focussed on always seeing the Big Five but that is what most people want. The food at Nottens was excellent and plentiful, and our room was clean and comfortable.

Mr. Robert Biddle
April 2, 2014

Fantastic! Our second stay here and hopefully not our last.

R Staff
August 30, 2010

Excellent service. Perfect location and fantastic ranger. Notten’s really is a wonderful place.

J Falconer
July 30, 2010

Loved it! Wonderful experience at Notten's Bush Camp. Wonderful game viewing – saw all the Big Five! Service, food, hospitality excellent! Would have preferred a little more luxury in room but still good. Perfect end to our holiday. Atmosphere at camp in evening memorable! Thanks so much, Rainbow Tours – good job! Amazing holiday. Loved South Africa. Would love to go back one day.

A D Smith
September 29, 2009

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A fascinating multi centre holiday, combining South Africa with Zambia that will showcase the amazing smoke that thunders in Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, followed by some of the best game viewing in the Sabi Sand reserve ending with a luxurious stay in Cape Town's Bantry Bay.
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