The following wildlife occurs naturally at Notten’s Bush Camp:
145 Mammal Species including the Big Five
500 Bird Species
110 Reptiles Species
30 Amphibians Species
45 Fish Species
Two rivers supply the game reserve with a valuable water source. The Sand River flows through the reserve for 50km (31 miles) from north west to south east whilst the Sabie River flows on the southern boundary. The sustenance of these rivers ensures that this area enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations of any area in Africa. Over two hundred different species live in abundance, whilst the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds. Such is the environment that the wildlife, save for the migratory birds, remain in their territories all year round.The wildlife viewing is second to none and include the big five. The Sabi Sand Reserve enjoys good quality viewing of leopard (the most elusive of predators), as well as elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species. In fact, a checklist of the reserve would yield no fewer than 330+ tree species, 45+ fish species, 30+ amphibian species, 110+ reptile species, 500+ bird species and 145+ mammal species! And all occurring in their own natural environment, which has been preserved in its original splendour.
It has only ever been a wilderness area and it is also home to a number of endangered species, including:
Wild Dog: The most endangered species in Southern Africa. The Kruger National Park contains the only viable South African population of Wild Dogs.
Bats: They are the only flying mammals that are blind; 10 of the species are on the endangered list.
Honey Badgers: Badgers can be useful in reducing the population of rats, scorpions, and dangerous snakes.
Oxpeckers: With scissor-like movements, the Red-billed Oxpecker combs their host’s hair in search of ticks.
Ground Hornbill: There are less than 1500 Ground Hornbills left in South Africa.