Wow, where to begin. I can't cover it all so I'll just say: this place was paradise. From the big family room to the grounds to the staff and the food... plus the incredible safari drives. We felt spoiled from the minute we arrived. And they were so good with our children. Five stars in every way. If you're looking for a luxury experience that still has an authentic, family-run bush feeling... book now!
What a pleasure to spend three nights at Notten's Bush Camp. It is supremely comfortable, the service attentive and the food plentiful and delicious. But the real reason one would go there is for game viewing which was great. From watching the passing trade visiting the waterhole which is in full view from all the bedrooms and living areas to the morning and evening game drives i could not have asked for more. We saw leopard on three occasions, cheetah, elephant, plentiful rhino, all manner of buck - the list goes on and on especially if one were to start listing all the birds as well. The game ranger was knowledgeable and so good at spotting sightings. Notten's is a happy place. Despite the difficulties of the year everyone was cheerful and working hard to keep the camp going despite the drastic drop in international tourists. I was most impressed and deeply appreciative of the opportunity to experience such a special place.
This was our first camp on our fourth African safari trip, and we loved being here. I was a bit concerned because reviews/reports said there is no electricity and I have an oxygen concentrator that requires power to charge batteries, etc. However, there is now power beside for charging whatever needs it so, happily, no issue. The camp is certainly lovely as are the people, the food is delicious, and how many places allow one to view wildlife from the open air common area? The resident vervet monkeys are hysterical to watch, though staff would rather they not be forever trying to steal food. I took one of my favorite photos of the entire safari trip when one visited our room. The gardens are lovely too, though they suffered considerably when an elephant visited camp during the night, smashing pots, pulling up plants and so forth.
Boy, did we have a good time! we'd booked this a long way in advance as part of our three weeks South African extravaganza, flew to Jo'burg then transferred by internal flight to Skikuza from where a Nottens Bush ranger with jeep transferred us the hour or so journey to the camp. just the passage of the transfer saw us enjoying wildlife sights like never before and the driver/guide/ranger was only too pleased to dally and point out the animals and sights. We were still reeling from our overnight international flight and internal transfer when we got to the camp so declined the welcome drinks and got straight to our lodge accommodation which was excellent and exceeded expectations in so many ways: big room, big bed, big bathroom, low tech for sure but some electric lighting and aircon if needed. The views from our private verandah were spectacular and there was even an outdoor shower adjopining the big bathroom. Meals were taken in the main dining hall which had open views across a small plain with constant roaming of wildlife, zebras, elephants, buffalo, hyenas, etc. The food was superb at every meal, the service so freindly and attentive and with evening meals taken as a group event it was a wonderful opportunity to meet other guests. We enjoyed the swimming pool, there were gym and massage facilities, but of course the highlight was the twice a day safari drive which we took with our Shengan Ranger, Geoffrey and his pointer Avi; more......
Nottens Bush is a beautiful and luxurious camp with an endless supply of food and drink and the nicest possible staff. We were lucky to be looked after by Solani, Suzzie & Desmond who made sure we had everything we needed. The wildlife is the star, however, and we got close to so many animals - I don't think we will forget the sight - and smell - of four lions devouring a buffalo for a long time. But we didn't have to leave the camp to see elephants, hyenas and zebras as the view from our lodge and from the dining room was like a wildlife documentary. Our ranger, Chaes, was full of knowledge and made each drive, as well as the bush walk, a great and fun experience for everyone. Gideon, as well as pouring the best gin & tonic in the Kruger area, was a brilliant tracker with an eagle eye.
We did struggle a bit with the low level of lighting in our room at night but it all added to the romantic atmosphere.