- Wonderful river location
- High quality guiding
- Excellent game viewing
- 25 metre swimming pool
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.
Lower Zambezi NP
- Intimate, upmarket camp
- Beautiful scenic location
- Land and water-based activities
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
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.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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