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Sausage Tree Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Wonderful river location
- High quality guiding
- Excellent game viewing
- 25 metre swimming pool

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Overview

Sausage Tree is a high-end safari camp found nestled on the tranquil banks of the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park, southern Zambia. Known for its excellent guiding, friendly atmosphere, and competent hosting, the accommodation comprises characterful bedouin-style tents in a beautiful, game-rich setting. One of the most luxurious safari camps on the Lower Zambezi, the property houses an unusually large swimming pool, and hosts a good variety of water and land based activities. Named after the distinctive African sausage tree or Kigelia, the camp is just one hour’s drive from Lusaka airport, and operates on a seasonal basis, open throughout the peak game viewing months of April to November. The surrounding National Park boasts superb wildlife viewing, including lion, leopard, elephant, zebra, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, hyena, kudu and wild dog, and is home to approximately 500 species of birds.

The main building is an open-sided, stylish tented structure comprising a communal dining area, comfortable lounge, library, and bar. Outside is an expansive decked terrace and a wonderful 25m swimming pool with loungers and panoramic views of the Zambezi. A tranquil fire pit area near the water’s edge is perfect for sundowners and post-dinner stargazing.

Mealtimes in camp are flexible, featuring a variety of exciting locations. Extensive, buffet style breakfasts and lunches are frequently served in the bush, or out on a sandbank in the Zambezi, with water lapping at guests’ feet. Evening meals are relaxed and sociable; communal seating, friendly hosting and several delicious courses are de rigeur, served on the terrace by candlelight or around a campfire deep in the bush. Private dining and special diets can be accommodated.

A variety of land and water based activities is offered, including day and night game drives and walking safaris with extremely knowledgeable guides. Canoe excursions and scenic day and evening boat cruises allow guests the thrill of up-close encounters with the Zambezi’s pods of hippos and resident crocodiles. Fishing excursions are available, and this is a birdwatcher’s paradise, so binoculars are a must!

The camp’s accommodation comprises seven luxurious Bedouin-style tents, plus a two bedroom family unit. Spaced out along the riverbank for privacy, the tents are stylishly decorated with beautiful teak furniture and generous four poster beds draped with mosquito nets. Five of the tents have open air bathrooms and sliding doors opening onto a private veranda with splendid river views. Two larger tents have both indoor and outdoor bathrooms plus a dining area, and an outside veranda with private plunge pool. All units come with their own personal butler, or ‘muchinda’.

Families with children over eight years of age are most welcome at camp, and babysitting can be arranged. A family tented unit is available, with two ensuite double/twin bedrooms, and a spacious open-plan lounge and dining area. Outside is a private veranda and a plunge pool. Note that there is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for walking and canoeing activities. As the camp and swimming pool are unfenced, and wild animals do roam through camp on occasion, families are reminded that children must be supervised at all times.

Sausage Tree Camp offers upmarket, spacious accommodation, and excellent service, in an idyllic riverside setting teeming with Zambezi wildlife.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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