Spaced generously apart on the banks of the Zambezi River, the 8 luxurious Bedouin-style tents of Sausage Tree Camp overlook an expanse of narrow channels and low set reed islands teeming with game. Sausage Tree Camp is located in prime game viewing territory at the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park, and is open throughout the best game viewing months of April to mid-November.
Sausage Tree camp is the epitome of bush chic, and its lavish attention to detail makes for a very civilised approach to a true bush experience. This exclusive safari camp, voted number one on the BBC's Ten Best Luxury Destinations list, combines top class game viewing with the highest international standards in luxury and service. Superb African fusion cuisine is enjoyed in a wide variety of settings. Game viewing activities take place both on water, by boat and canoes, and by land, on game drives or bush walks. Fishing is another big drawcard. Children over 8 years are welcome.
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. Elephant, hippo and buffalo are seen in camp daily.
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.
Nearly completely hidden from one another, and shaded by mature Sausage and Mahogany trees, the Bedouin-style white canvas tents are furnished in luxurious fabrics and Zambian teak, including sumptuous four-poster beds. Each tent features open-air bathrooms and expansive teak decks with Zambezi River views. The two enormous honeymoon suites each boast indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a dining area, bar and a king size bed overlooking a private pool. Kigelia House is the perfect choice for small groups or families, with two en-suite bedrooms separated by an open plan living area leading onto a private deck and pool. All tents have 24-hour power and plentiful hot and cold treated water.
During your stay at Sausage Tree Camp, you will be looked after by your own personal muchinda (butler), who will take care of your every need.
Sausage Tree Camp's African inspired fusion cuisine will almost certainly be a highlight of your stay. But the experience of dining at Sausage Tree Camp goes far beyond the food itself. Lunch is served in the dining tent, deep in the bush, or on a sandbank in the Zambezi with the cooling water lapping around your feet. Sundowners and after dinner drinks are served at the fire pit under the stars.
Whilst not a formal affair, dinner consists of three courses of fine dining, and is served with a selection of South African wines. Dinner can be by candlelight in the open-air dining tent, by starlight on the deck, by moonlight on an island in the Zambezi, by the light of a campfire deep in the bush, or by lantern light in the privacy of your own deck.
Fronting the central dining and bar area, the enormous teak deck overlooking the river is the ideal spot to from which to view the abundance of game. Between activities, you can enjoy reading up on the experiences of the morning in the well appointed library, relaxing under the shade around the 25m lap pool, idyllically situated right on the edge of the riverbank, or indulging in a pampering massage.
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.