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Dining at the Nottens Bush Camp, Sabi Sands

Dining at Notten’s Bush Camp is always a sumptuous affair and meals are served either in the main indoor restaurant or the open-air boma.  Occasionally, guest will also be treated to a traditional South African bush-braai (barbecue), held at an exclusive venue out in the reserve.

The Camp has a proud tradition of fine dining and has been nominated for numerous culinary awards.  There is a fully stocked bar, serving a range of malts, spirits, and South African wines.


Spa Facilities

The Nature Spa at Notten’s Bush Camp, South Africa, specialises in massage therapies and full body treatments.

Activities, Sports & Leisure


Notten’s Bush Camp in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa, has a lovely outdoor swimming pool around which to relax, refresh and enjoy cool drinks through the heat of the day.

Game drives

The Lodge has two 10-seater custom-made safari vehicles that transport guests on twice daily game-drives in search of wildlife and other points of interest along the way. 

Qualified guides truly bring the bush to life with their in-depth knowledge, ably supported by the experienced trackers whose life-long exposure to this environment have made them closely attuned to the rhythms of nature.

Guided walks

In the company of an armed guide, guests staying at the Notten's Bush Camp in Sabi Sands are led on gentle bush rambles, taking the opportunity to have a closer look at the ecosystems’ composition – while always on the lookout for any game in the vicinity.

Nearby activities

Shangaan Cultural Tours can be arranged, during which guests are taken to a nearby village and given a glimpse of life in this fascinating culture.

Golf takes on a new dimension when the obstacles along the course include warthog and crocodiles. The lodge will arrange a round at the nearby Skukuza golf course in the heart of the Kruger National Park.


Day Itinerary

A typical day at Notten’s begins at dawn with a 05h30 wake-up call. Guests gather, and tea and coffee are served.

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.

On returning from the morning game drive, guests are treated to a hearty “bush feast” on the deck.

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 Nottens’ famous Pimms, from the bar, or enjoy the solitude and tranquillity until teatime and you can treat yourself to a deeply relaxing massage at the Notten’s Nature Spa.

15h30: A high tea is served on the open plan deck before leaving for another game drive.

As the sun sets, it’s time for “sundowners” in the veld (meaning “bush” in Afrikaans). Listen to the silence of the forest, the hum of crickets and cicadas, nocturnal birds, the cry of hyenas or a jackal in the distance. Watch the moon rise, the Milky Way, the night sky and sit in wonder.

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 an enormous 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.


Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Braai & Barbeque
  • Health & Fitness Centre
  • Housekeeping service
  • Massage treatments
  • Medical Air Rescue Service
  • Porters
  • Safari drives
  • Safety deposit box
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Malaria Status and Animals
  • Notten’s Bush Camp does fall within a malaria area, and as such you are advised to consult your doctor regarding prophylactics and pack clothing that will cover your arms and legs, especially at night. 

    Mosquito repellents are recommended.

Children Policy
  • Children over the age of 6 years old are welcome.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:
Accommodation at the magnificent Notten’s Bush Camp, South Africa, is limited to just eight private suites – each beautifully appointed to ensure maximum comfort.  Suites have an open plan style and the en-suite bathrooms extend into the outdoors where one can enjoy an invigorating outdoor shower. 

Private suite features:

  •  Elegant décor
  •  Mosquito netting on windows and doors
  •  Private viewing deck
  •  Ceiling fans.
Single Room R8820
Double Room R11940

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.894938

Longitude: 31.537851


Directions to Nottens Bush Camp from Johannesburg:

The distance to Nottens Bush Camp by road from Johannesburg is about 480 kilometres.
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 Nottens 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 the fee and follow the Nottens signs.

Access to Nottens Bush Camp by Air

Fedair Flights
Fedair has flights from Johannesburg (JHB) to Skukuza (SKZ) or Sabi Sand twice daily, departing from JHB at 9h15 and 12:40 (subject to change). Transfers from the Airports and landing strips can be arranged to the Lodge.

South African Airways SAA
Travellers can fly with South African Airways SAA to KMIA (Nelspruit) from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban

Bateleur Air Charter
Operating a daily charter flight from Johannesburg to Skukuza (Kruger National Park, 30km from Nottens Bush Camp), departing JHB at 11h15 (subject to change).

British Airways (BA)
BA has a scheduled flight between Johannesburg and Nelspruit (KMIA) departing Johannesburg daily.

Star Rating

5 Star


  • Good Safari Guide Awards
  • Runner Up – “Best Safari Lodge in Africa.”
  • Finalist – “Best Safari Cuisine.”
  • Good Safari Guide Awards
  • Finalist – “Best Safari Lodge in Africa”, “Best Safari Guides” and “Best Safari Spa.”