- Intimate, upmarket camp
- Beautiful scenic location
- Land and water-based activities
Potato Bush Camp is an exclusive safari camp tucked away in a beautiful waterside setting in southern Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. Shaded by acacia, mahogany and sausage trees on the banks of the Zambezi River, the camp provides high-level hosting and guiding, a range of activities, and just four spacious and well-appointed safari tents, each with their own private plunge pool. The camp’s secluded location in the game-rich national park means that guests can enjoy the privilege of rarely encountering other vehicle traffic.
The Lower Zambezi National Park boasts a glorious landscape of fertile grasslands interspersed with leadwood and ebony trees, and the iconic Zambezi River, framed by a backdrop of stunning mountains. The area attracts large numbers of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, zebra, impala, and wild dog, plus prolific birdlife.
A 40 minute transfer from Jeki airstrip, Potato Bush sits downstream from its larger sister property, Sausage Tree Camp. The tented main area is constructed on raised decking and connected by raised timber walkways. Guest spaces comprise an open-sided lounge, bar, and communal dining area, all with superb river views. Outside is a lovely camp fire area, ideal for post dinner drinks.
Activities include day and night game drives, and guided walks, which usually take place in the morning, to avoid the heat of the day. Canoeing safaris and scenic boat cruises are a great way to observe the hippo pods and crocodiles on the Zambezi River. Fly fishing (catch and release) is available. The camp operates from April to November, and visitors from October onwards should come prepared for extremely high temperatures, at a time when wildlife density is at its peak.
Accommodation comprises just three extremely spacious, wood and canvas safari tents, and a larger family unit. Each tent comprises one double or two single beds draped with mosquito nets, and an ensuite bathroom overlooking the river, with twin washbasins, WC, twin showers, and a large freestanding bathtub. Outside is private veranda with a refreshing plunge pool and a double hammock, perfect for relaxing. All units have fans, 24 hour electricity, and battery charging facilities although due to the camp’s remote location, mobile phone reception is not available.
Children aged four years and over are extremely welcome, and this is a great choice for families. The two-bedroom family tent comprises a large lounge and dining area, and a fully-stocked bar and fridge. Two ensuite bedrooms each sleep two guests, with extra beds available on request. Both bathrooms feature twin showers, twin washbasins, WC, and freestanding bathtub, and outside there’s a private veranda and generous plunge pool. A comprehensive children’s programme includes game drives, animal tracking, arts and crafts, stargazing, football, and roasting marshmallows by the camp fire, although there is a minimum age of 15 years for canoeing and walking activities. Parents are advised that the camp is unfenced and wildlife does roam through, and while it’s unlikely that animals would approach people or tents, children should be supervised at all times.
Lower Zambezi NP
- Wonderful river location
- High quality guiding
- Excellent game viewing
- 25 metre swimming pool
Lower Zambezi NP
- Intimate, select camp
- Wonderful riverside location
- Premium service and guiding
- Wildlife in camp
Lower Zambezi NP
- Stylish, upmarket property
- Exceptional guiding
- Wildlife viewing in camp
- Two swimming pools
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019