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Reviewed 12 January 2021

I don't know if words will actually do justice to this piece of heaven in Sabi Sands reserve... everything from the comfortable, beautiful yet understated rooms to the kindness, warmth and generosity of the staff, to the EXCEPTIONAL game viewing and overall experience. The thing I love the most about it is that despite being a commercial camp, it is anything but commercial. Every touch is personal and you leave feeling like family.

The moment we got home I wanted to go back and will be going there again and again when I need a bush break. Thanks to Dave, Dale and the wonderful staff. A special thanks to Tinyiko for being so obliging and taking us on wonderful game drives. Nottens is a place not to be missed.

Room tip: Every room!
Date of stay: January 2021
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Thank CatrionaJHB
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Reviewed 4 January 2021

Wow, wow and wow again!! What an incredible stay at Nottens Bush camp! We have been fortunate enough to experience over ten other lodges in the Sabi Sands and this is hands down the best lodge! Our ranger Tinky was outstanding and the sightings were unbelievable, all the big five and more. The best leopard sightings we have ever had and some amazing photographic opportunities. The lodge is beautiful, peaceful and staff are amazing, so professional, polite and attentive. I was blown away by how proactive the staff were. I have never experienced anything like this before, they are always thinking about what their guests might need next. It was also great to have drinks included in the cost so you don't have to keep track of all the extras you add on during your stay. The food was plentiful and so tasty, we longed for each meal, although we need to get back into the gym now. Nottens even has a gym if you have time during your relaxing stay to have a workout. The 20m infinity pool was the best, we loved relaxing here on the deck chairs with a cocktail, dipping in as often as we could. The spa pool was also great to enjoy and was a bit cooler in the midday sun. It was the unexpected things that Nottens did that made this stay so memorable. On our first night stopping for sundowners they had set out a beautiful setting for the guests with lanterns, drinks, snacks and stories around the fire. I would highly recommend this lodge to couples and families who are looking for a truly memorable bush experience with some very special touches.

Date of stay: December 2020
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Thank MJRaddall
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Reviewed 29 December 2020

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!

Date of stay: December 2020
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Thank TheBrownFive
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Reviewed 14 December 2020

Thank you Nottens for the most wonderful stay. Keeping to your policy over the years of hosting limited numbers makes for a very special peaceful time with plenty of space and open air relaxation. The swimming pool was the perfect place to rest in between drives and walks through the bush.

With the very experienced guides and off road vehicles we were able to follow a leopard track and kill an impala. We closely observed cheetahs, lions, elephants and buffalo on our morning and evening drives and were able to hear and watch a baby rhino making sounds indicating to it’s mother that it needed to drink milk from her.
The sundowners, meals around the boma and sitting on the open verandah with views of the animals visiting the watering hole were magical. This is a destination that caters for everyone.
I look forward to returning to Nottens next year in August.

Room tip: All the rooms have good positions with views
Date of stay: December 2020
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Thank H4129QYjaneb
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Reviewed 9 December 2020

Stylishly decorated, true comfort and spaciousness in a long established family bush camp. Great hospitality and attention to desired detail. wonderful food.
Game drives with personally allocated friendly driver.

Room tip: only 16 odd guests so perfect size to keep distance. All rooms have stunning outlook on the bush and private outdoor shower!
Date of stay: November 2020
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