Nottens Bush Camp

Game Lodge, Kruger


Set next to a waterhole in the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve, this is one of Kruger National Park’s best-value lodges.  Unlike some larger Kruger camps, Notten’s offers a charming, laid-back and exceptionally warm experience courtesy of Gilly and Bambi Notten, who behave more like long-lost pals than (third-generation) owners.  It’s hugely romantic, too: in the absence of electric lights, candles and paraffin lamps evoke a magical, atmosphere feel each night. 


Ranging in size, the eight spacious suites all come with charismatic African stylings and wooden decks looking onto the bush.  Only the balconies of Rooms 3 and 4 face the camp’s waterhole.  Suites also boast indoor and outdoor showers, mosquito-defying screens and insect-repellent coils.  Beds are comfy and plug sockets allow for vital camera and phone-charging.


Set atop a small wine cellar, Notten’s main thatched lodge features an open-plan lounge and wooden terrace facing the waterhole and plains beyond.  Rhinos and elephants are common visitors.  When possible, bush breakfasts and traditional dinners are served in an open-air boma, with a fire lit if it’s brisk.  House wines and beers are included in the rates.  Between safari excursions, a 20m lap pool ringed by sun-loungers and the spa’s indoor and outdoor treatment rooms vie for your downtime attention.


Morning and evening game drives around the Sabi Sabi in open-top 4x4s are offered daily as part of the board, led by experienced guides and hoping for Big Five spots.  Also included each day are adventurous walking safaris: a chance to get more closely acquainted with the reserve’s smells, sounds and thrilling rhythms – and with that prolific wildlife.

Child Policy

Children aged six and over are welcome, with those 12 or under receiving 60% discounts.  Family Rooms can be set up, or triple rooms used.


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