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Potato Bush Camp

Our rating

8/10

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Highlights

- Intimate, upmarket camp
- Beautiful scenic location
- Land and water-based activities

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Overview

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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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