Deep into the Sabi Sands, Notten's Bush Camp is arguably the best value camp in this part of the Greater Kruger. Boarding on the Mala Mala game reserve, Notten's is perfectly positioned for some outstanding game viewing. Just like the rest of the Sabi Sands, leopard viewing is a highlight here, yet the density of the big five plus cheetah and wild dogs makes staying here an absolute delight.
Notten's Bush Camp - The Details
Notten's is one of the Sabi Sands
' most unique lodges, with no artificial light, there is a true authentic bush camp experience here. With nine private suites that are lit by candlelight and paraffin lamps, the true essence of safari is not lost, transporting you back to a bygone era.
For those who enjoy their luxuries, do not fear, each suite is still kitted out with mod cons like air conditioning and charging points for your essential accessories, as well as indoor and outdoor showers. There is also a private wooden deck with beautiful views into the surrounding bushveld where elephants and other game are often seen.
The main lodge comprises of an open and spacious lounge area, a well-stocked bar and a library. Accompanied by a changing pavilion, a large swimming pool offers the perfect place to sip a drink and keep cool during the mid-day hear. For those of you who like to be pampered, the spa is a perfect place to relax in between game drives - it also has its own private pool for extra seclusion and privacy.
Notten's charm is that it maintain the ambience of an old-school bush camp that would not look out of place deep in Mana Pools
, Zimbabwe or Zambia's South Luangwa
, yet it still delivers a sophisticated and refined atmosphere throughout. With such great pricing, this is a great place for those on a tighter budget, or larger families and groups who have lots of people to please.
Whilst game drives and walking safaris are the most popular activities here, for a cultural twist to your safari, there is also the option to visit a local Shangaan village where you can learn about the rural way of life in South Africa
The best time to visit is from June through to October during the dry season. This time of year sees the wildlife congregate around the depleting water sources and the foliage become ever-thinner. This gives arise to great game viewing. The summer months howver, are not to be overlooked. As November progresses the rainy season begins which transforms the dry and barren bushveld into an explosion of green. The lush environment is punctuated with splashes of colour as the migratory birds return which make for beautiful photographic opportunities.
It really is one of the best value camps around, but be quick, with it being such a small and intimate lodge, space gets booked up fast.
After you safari, a typical South Africa safari would see you fly down to Cape Town to enjoy this vibrant and beautiful city. The characterful Cape Grace
and the boutique Cape Cadogan
are our favourites here.
We recommend that you spend at least three or four nights in the city, and any more time that can be spared would will certainly not be wasted. There really is so much to do here, from visiting the many attractions and markets at the V&A Waterfront to exploring the natural surroundings like Table Mountain and Cape Point.
At the end of your trip, nothing quite compares to the calm and sophisticated winelands of Franschhoek. Here you can relax and fully unwind whilst indulging in some of the world's finest cuisine and sampling the country's finest wine.