Nestled under a canopy of enormous shady trees, with panoramic views over the Zambezi River and escarpment, Potato Bush Camp sets high standards for small, exclusive tented safari camps. African contemporary design is perfectly balanced with the raw structural integrity and natural beauty of solid Zambian Rosewood, dramatically complementing the use of traditional canvas throughout the camp. The camp has only 4 tents, which are linked to the main area by raised timber boardwalks. The boardwalks allow the camp to stay open from April through to early January, when the heavy rains really start and everything shuts down.
Potato Bush camp lies adjacent to the world-renowned Sausage Tree Camp, and benefits from the strong foundations, infrastructure and service levels that have been built up over the years by its sister camp. The extremely spacious and well-appointed luxury tents include a family option, and children over 4 years are welcome. Game viewing activities take place both on water, by boat and canoes, and by land, on game drives or bush walks. Fishing is a big drawcard.
The Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 4 090km2 combining 120km of Zambezi River frontage with huge concentrations of game in the valley floor. All this is set against the escarpment backdrop of the southern limit of the Great Rift Valley. The park is still relatively new and uncrowded, and during your stay in the Lower Zambezi, you will see elephant, hippo, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, impala, bushbuck and kudu, while solid numbers of leopard, lion and hyena make the sighting of these predators very likely.
Other commonly seen animals are wild dog, serval and the African wild cat. Smaller animals include the side-striped jackal, dwarf, slender and banded mongoose, large spotted genet, civet, tree squirrel, honey badger, porcupine and aardvark. With about 500 species of birds in the Park, a few of the special species found in the area include saddle-billed stork, African skimmer, Roufous bellied heron, bee eater, black-crowned night heron, amethyst sunbird, red-billed firefinch, and the nocturnal giant eagle owl and Pel’s fishing owl.
The Zambezi River is host to spectacular fresh water sport fishing, with tigerfish and tilapia the main quarry. If you are keen on the fishing, do enquire beforehand about the best times of year to fish.
Well-appointed and extremely spacious, each of the three canvas and Rosewood safari tents features an en-suite bathroom with twin showers, twin basins and a full size four-claw bathtub. Large folding doors lead onto the large balcony, with a two-person hammock and a private plunge pool.
The two-bedroomed Family House is a massive 21m-wide designer safari tent, perfect for a family or a party of 4 adults. Separating the two en-suite bedrooms is a huge central living area, a dining area with private dining table and a balcony with a large private plunge pool. Extra beds can be added in any of the rooms. All tents have 24-hour power.
The open plan boma can comfortably dine 12 guests and there is a well stocked bar and two comfortable lounge areas for guests to relax and enjoy the stunning views over the mighty Zambezi River. The campfire is well positioned under the stars, right on the edge of the riverbank, and is the only place that one actually touches the ground.
The camp is well equipped with game viewing vehicles, boats and canoes, and provides highest quality guiding and safety standards. Fully personalised safaris allow you set the pace of your day, including the type, time and duration of each activity.
Game drives are the most successful way to see a good variety of wildlife, both large and small, and also allow those ‘up close and personal’ experiences – the team of professional guides will ensure that they are not too close!
Night drives are the perfect way to experience the nocturnal animals and to marvel at the intensity of the constellations of the Southern night sky.
Bush walks are the perfect way to take in the intimacy of the African bush. It is not uncommon to see lion and herds of elephant or buffalo on these walks. Led by a professional walking guide and National Parks Wildlife Officer, walking is carried out in small groups.
Led by a highly qualified canoe guide, explore the banks of the river, where game can be seen from a totally different perspective. Canoe trips vary in length from one to seven hours.