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Sausage Tree Safari Camp
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fantastic bush experience, wonderful hospitality,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013 via mobile

I am always reluctant to give top marks in every catagory. Is there really nothing that could be improved? That's exactly what Sonja asked me and I really couldn't think of anything. This is a small camp with a very personal service.
The tents are very comfortable with tiled floors to keep them cool-and keep out bugs that usually appear through wooden floors& luxury bathrooms with showers half open to the bush.
The pool is on the terrace beside the bar,sitting area and dining area. This works very well in a small, peaceful camp where finding a quiet spot will never be a problem.
The boma is cozy and the food excellent but of course the most important thing is the quality of the game drives. That's why you go isn't it?
I have been fortunate to drive with Mike for several years and he remains the best ranger I have had. With James, they make an incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic team and coupled with an area rich with game-including black rhino- it is a combination that is difficult to beat.
I only hope such a glowing review doesn't mean they are so busy I can't find a space!

  • Stayed December 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

It's hard to think how our stay at Sausage Tree could have been improved .. Food and service were excellent. Our rangers had a wealth of knowledge and made bush drives fascinating. A friendly environment I can very much recommend.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013

My best friend and I wanted to go on safari without paying the exorbitant fees charged by many of the other lodges or private game reserves. Safari Tree was perfect for us - we took advantage of the '4 nights for 3' deal on TripAdvisor and it was such great value for what we paid! Sonia and James were warm and welcoming, and by the time we left it felt as if we were saying goodbye to family. Everyone on staff, from the cooks to safari guides, is so friendly and genuinely wants you to have a wonderful safari experience. While we missed the elusive leopard and were unable to track down an elephant, we saw black rhino every day - which is incredibly rare - and saw lions twice, once at night and once in the late morning. Lots of buffalo too. The group also went for a couple of bush walks which were a nice way to mix things up. We got so close to the animals and both James and Mike were so knowledgeable about the flora and fauna surrounding us. As we were there in summer (December) there was also a lot of bird watching and I was impressed with how easily they could spot and name the various species.

Highlights of the stay include comfortable and well-appointed rooms ("safari tents"), complete with great smelling bath products; really delicious and comprehensive brunch; personable, friendly staff; and plenty of time on game drives with guides doing their best to find the "big 5." This place is really a gem and definitely recommend!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

Dear Sonja
Dear Mike and James
Just a few worlds to thank you for our great stay at the sausage tree.
We had a wonderful time, everything was PERFECT!!!
For the first time ever the twins even cried when we left …. And wanted to come back to you instead of continuing our trip…..
All the rest of the trip they had their ‘sausage tree hat’ on their head J)
They also really enjoyed your hospitality, the great food, the animals (I suspect you didn’t show us the elephant to be sure that we will come back ;-))

We had the impression to stay with some good old friends and this is really what made the difference for us….
Now it’s back to reality, cold, rain and tones of e-mails …..

Thanks again and hope to see you soon again!

Edgard & Co

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Centurion, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

We've just spent 4 nights at Sausage Tree Safari Camp and this visit turned out to be one of our most memorable times ever.
The drives, the food, the tents are all of an exeptionally high standard, but what makes Sausage Tree such a special place is the passion, dedication and generosity of its people.
A visit to Sausage Tree is Food for the Soul and should feature on everyone's "Bucket List".
A big thank you to Sonja, James and their team; we'll be back!
Wim, Karen, Samantha and Brendon Schimmel

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

Just got back from a night at Sausage Tree. We found the staff gracious, helpful and unobtrusive. We were hosted by Sonja and James who made the experience really memorable, James by his passion for the environment on the game drive, and Sonja by her kindness and bubbly personality. I will recommend this place to anyone who will listen!!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013 via mobile

We have been there for four nights in January 2013 and we had the best ever game safari with Mike and Temba. Temba is 20 years old and he can see a green butterfly on a green tree in the middle of the night. So if there is lion around he will find it an impressive precision. The lodge is just excellent the food is worth a two star restaurant and the owners Sonia and James are will treat their guests as family members. It is a small lodge nit more than people at a time so it is not industrial so they seat with you and talk etc. not to be missed and worth the price and more...

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sausage Tree Safari Camp
Address: Cambridge 25, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sausage Tree Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Sausage Tree Safari Camp promises rich game viewing and spectacular views, as our boundary with Kruger National Park is open and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains form a majestic back drop. This family operated safari camp pride itself on the warm atmosphere and African safari tented accommodation it offers. Enjoy lantern lit dinners in our boma or open deck under the star studded African sky. Sunrise and sunset safaris in open 4x4 vehicles are the highlights of the day.The Safari Camp:Our African safari-styled tents are nestled in between Marula, Knobthorn Acacia and Sausage Trees and overlook a dry river bed, the bush and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. Each tent is spacious and built in an elevated position with it's own special view. The tents are fully furnished and have their own private deck and ensuite bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower. Inverter or Eco based Air-conditioners are fitted in each tent ensuring that you stay cool during those warm summer nights... and can even be set to warm during those colder nights in winter. Insect gauze on all the windows and doors keep the insects outside where they belong. ... more   less 
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