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Reviewed 8 January 2024 via mobile

If you are looking for a fantastic safari experience, but also wish to still enjoy modern-society comforts, Notten’s is definitely the go-to place!

Safari experience is fantastic. They managed to show me the big 5 in a very short period of time. Ranger and field guide are extremely experienced. The car is also in perfect condition. It is cozy and comfortable. As Notten’s is located at the private reserve, you’ll be able to go off-road and spot animals more efficiently. Comparing to on-road at Kruger, private reserve is definitely way better! If I am going to do it again, private reserve would be the only choice to make.

Stuff also treated me with their hospitality and kindness. I travel extensively (50 countries so far) but the way they demonstrate their hospitality is rare to find. They treat you like an old friend and you feel that they care about you and really want you to feel comfortable at this place. You can also feel that they are proud of what they can offer.

The hotel facilities are great. Beds are super comfortable. Room is clean. Meals are well prepared. They fed me generously. After a long day in the field, sometimes you just wanna get back home and take a hot bath. What a surprise to find that they already put hot water in the bathtub! Very considerate and sweet.

Last but not least, impact traveling - if you want to make a good impact on this planet while you travel, choose this place. I get to know it is one of the very few family run hotel within Sabie area. You could get the sense that the owner treat all the employees very nicely and they are willing to give the best of themselves to treat you as a guest. It feels good to support business that run like this.

I have no hesitation to recommend all my friends to stay at this place. If you are looking for a place to do your safari, choose Notten’s.

Room tip: Remember to book in advance as it might get packed. I booked mine 3 months in advance for new year season. Also, don’t forget to tip.
Date of stay: January 2024
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank laksheis
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

What an outstanding lodge.
We couldn’t imagine any higher level of personnal service than we received at Nottens.
All the staff treated us like family.
The accommodation and other facilities were excellent and the food outstanding.
The rangers were incredibly knowledgable and the extra touches like sundowner drinks on the game drive made them even more memorable.
Couldn’t recommend any more highly and can’t wait to return.

Date of stay: January 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank 914robg
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Reviewed 4 November 2023

This was so much more than I expected. I was already excited to see the animals but the people at this camp were so wonderful I cried leaving. (I do not cry often!) The drivers, wait staff, room service were all spectacular. They treat you like family and will do whatever it takes to make EVERYONE happy. We saw every animal we could think of, what an experience! Now the food....OMG, 5 star! We had the most romantic night in our luxury villa. Rose peddles, champagne, dinner on the terrace, WOW. The only thing I wish I did different, was to stay longer. I will be back.

Room tip: Please don't forget to tip well. They truly work non stop and always have a smile.
Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank boat l
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

We relied on a local travel agency to pick the sarari camp, and they suggested Notten's.

We had some trouble getting there because of a flooded bridge, and missed the beginning of the afternoon drive. But they told us to have our lunch and then catch up to the truck later. That worked well, and we were able to enjoy a full lunch, and be comfortable for the game watching. That drive we saw four of the Big 5! We only missed out on lions, due to the long grass.

We returned to the lodge for a wonderful supper with our truck mates, and a comfortable bed. Early start after after coffee the next morning, and another wonderful drive, with our driver Jeff.

We spent two nights at Notten's and never did see lions. But as we were transferring to the airport ( and avoiding flooded roads), our truck mates forwarded photos of the lions they saw just after our car left! Moral of the story: stay 3 nights or more!

Room tip: Plan for 3 nights, because the morning drive after the 2nd night is missed if you're heading for the airport.
Date of stay: February 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank 144dougm
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Reviewed 28 September 2023

In celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary, my wife and I decided once again to go on safari in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, and this time to stay at Notten’s Bush Camp. Our suite with a comfortable king size bed was extremely spacious and clean, with a relaxing lounge area, en-suite bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower. Our suite had its own large private wooden deck with beautiful views of the bush.
Notten’s has appealing facilities, including a lounge, library, bar, and a lovely rustic open plan dining/deck area, also with spectacular views of the bush. Both my wife and I had full body massages at the Spa, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Although the only pool was the secluded private spa pool, a large pool with a large undercover area was being built and was almost complete.
Jan the “manager” and chef was brilliant, ensuring that everything was handled perfectly, going out of her way to ensure a memorable stay. The staff were also very attentive, efficient, and friendly, to ensure that we were well looked after at all times. The food was superb, and our specific dietary needs were well catered for. A special mention must be made of the tomato and carrot soup, the chicken salad, the beef fillet with pepper sauce, and the pear with red wine, all of which were absolutely divine. A real treat and surprise was that for our anniversary, Jan arranged a scrumptious lemon cake which was presented to us at lunch by the staff who also sang for us. A special turndown with bubble bath, candles and champagne was also arranged. The tasty braai/barbeque that was arranged for one of our evening meals, in the open-air boma with a roaring fire in the centre, with lanterns and candlelight adding to the ambiance, was also a great experience.
Our ranger Thomas was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and entertaining. During our stay we shared our game vehicle with a couple from America and another couple from the United Kingdom, who were excellent company, and we had lots of fun and shared many laughs. The refreshments and drinks provided on the game drives were enjoyable.
We had fantastic sightings and saw plenty game, including leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, baboon, monkey, warthog, dwarf and white-tailed mongoose, squirrel, crocodile, chameleon, and vulture. We also saw lots of antelope, including, kudu, nyala, waterbuck, impala, bushbuck, and steenbok. Besides being fortunate to observe the “big five” on our game drives, we were lucky to experience a cheetah kill involving an impala.
We also went on a walking safari which was fascinating, whereby we learnt more about the flora and fauna of the area.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and had an incredible safari at Notten’s and definitely hope to be back again.

Date of stay: October 2022
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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