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Sausage Tree Safari Camp
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
11 reviews
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“Great Camp!”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Sausage Tree came recommended by a friend of a friend, and it really lived up to expectations! Sonja and her team welcomed us wholeheartedly, and we had a wonderful time. This is an amazing value for money safari experience, with very comfortable and nicely decorated tents and lodge, with the added bonus that the camp is quite exclusive in that it only caters to a maximum of 10 guests. The reserve is extremely good for the Big 5. We stayed 4 nights, and had an amazing 6 lion sightings, and close encounters with elephants on every game drive, We were also fortunate enough to see Rhino, Leopard and Cape Buffalo, therefore managing the Big 5, as well as Hippo, Crocs and Giraffe. Like the reviewer below (is that you Steph and Mike?), we were lucky to see the birth of a baby giraffe. Liam our guide, and Themba the tracker were experts at tracking game. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Looking for which safari camp to choose was overwhelming, but was won over by the reviews on Tripadvisor and have to say that even these wonderful words can't explain how special this place is. On safari, Liam and Themba impressed us with their spotting and driving skills - even in the dark and when spotting a mother giraffe in labour! Liam was so informed about everything from the Big 5, down to the snakes and up to the birds and the stars. As for life at camp... it was so welcoming. Sonja was a lovely hostess and Richard was the ideal guide taking us out on the riverboat cruise. Time spent on the deck resting between drives was beautiful and peaceful. Of course, no review is complete without mentioning Orlando's delicious food. A healthy breakfast, tasty lunch and the incredible dinners in the boma - including the 'best ever chicken' which lived up to it's name. I could - and will - gush about this place to anyone looking for a private safari camp in the Kruger area. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lusaka, Zambia
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Great all round visit, very hospitable and good service. Good was good and lovely reception by owners managers. Good wine and food and not swamped by excessive food. Great value for money and would definitely visit again.

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Reading, UK
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

When doing our research initially we were torn between this and one other camp, I had no feelings either way but it was "Amanda" from the Sausage Tree who replied to me first (in fact replied to me at all!).
I booked a couple of months in advance, and pieced together a small agenda of 'excursions' and safari drives over a period of 6 days.

We had great first impressions of the service as when we landed at Johannesburg, there was (as arranged) a chap there waiting for us - I always have a nervousness about having to chase these things, so it was a pleasant surprise for it to be 'that easy'!

We took the "Panoramic Route" back to the camp and arrived late afternoon. Too late to join the evening drive, but a perfect time to unwind after the journey and meet the 'family'.

We were greeted by Sonja (co-owner) who made us welcome drinks (very welcome ;) ), and introduced us to Mildred (lovely black lab), Josephine (Maltese terrier I think?!), and Gypsy - their 'new' kitty (50% African wildcat - and quite possible one of the cutest cats I've seen!).

Anyway, the important stuff...

The accommodation, we had tent number "4". Sitting on it's own raised platform with a nice hammock and lovely view. The room itself was perfectly sized and came with everything you need, with a brick(probably)-built bathroom at the back - complete with loads of praying mantis'.
The shower is 'open air', but you're not overlooked from any angle so that's fine.
The rooms came with a/c and a fan, but the fan was very powerful but also very noisy, so we used the a/c, but switched it to fan-only mode, which was much quieter and probably far more efficient! This worked a treat and we slept no problems with it like this.
The only thing I did bring with me which I think was useful was some fabric mosquito spray, which I squirted around the openings of the tent, it may have worked, it may not, but we didn't get bitten so I'd say it was worth it!.
To note, you cannot get wifi in the Tents, only up on the main deck - so you'll need to take your tablet up there to update facebook ;) There is a nominal charge for your stay, but everything is so cheap anyway it's peanuts.

The camp itself is quite small, but still worth investigating, On 2 occasions I was out 'exploring' and a couple of Elephants 'wandered' past the camp fence - really rather incredible!

The drives:
Our driver was James (Sonja's better half ;) ) and our spotter was Temba, they did a superb job and found us all the 'big 5'.
I've been on a few safari's, and so always like to spot new things, and this didn't fall short. For the first time on safari we saw Tortoises, Chameleons, a Scorpion and a Civet cat (among loads of other things).
Similarly, also a first was that the evening drive turns into a night drive, what an amazing experience, driving through the bush in an open top jeep in the pitch black looking for 'eye-shine' - I was in awe... one of those moments that makes me want to move to Africa!

If I were to offer some form of feedback, it's to give just a few more seconds/minutes looking at some of the 'smaller' animals/birds... it became a bit of a running joke that those in the back of the jeep were just about to take photo's when the we start moving again! This wasn't a major issue, and I guess it's the downside of having a 20ft+ safari truck!.


Food:
Food was superb, Dinner is a fixed menu (though I'm sure if you had special requirements they'd look after you), but it's all 3 course, and you eat in the open-air braai, usually with Mildred at your feet! :D
Locally inspired food, it's a great way to sample the local cuisine and a great chance to discuss with the other guests about the day.
Breakfast is eggs cooked to your liking, and a selection of fruit/yoghurt/muesli etc.


Excursions:
Not strictly part of the camp, but they organised everything for us, and it all went very well - I would absolutely recommend doing one of 2 of the excursions if staying for more than a couple of days as it will help 'break-up' the game drives.
We chose to see "Jessica the Hippo" and visit "Moholoholo Rehab centre" - both superb trips, but I won't go into that here.


Overall:
Possibly due to the smaller nature of the camp, this was truly one of the best safari camps I've been to, didn't feel corporate or a 'business' in any way.
Very friendly, very relaxed, and I was really quite sad to be leaving.
We had some great chats with Sonja and James in the evening and it's really clear that they're both so passionate about the camp, the animals and their guests too.

I'm not usually one for returning to the same place again (there are so many things to see and do in the world), but I would absolutely come back here.

Well done guys.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We were fortunate to spend three days at Sausage Tree Safari Camp. From James and Liam's enthusiastic, knowledgable and love of Africa and it's wonders great and small, to Sonja's warm and generous hospitality, we had a much needed rejuvenation to our soul. The food was superb and the tents very luxurious. We highly recommend Sausage Tree Safari and look forward to a return visit!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Germany
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We were for two nights at sausage tree. It was perfect. The tents are very luxurious, very clean and the beds are comfortable. James and Sonia are very nice and helpful. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are very good. We had incredible game drives. The leopard and a lot of lions and a lot of other interesting animals. We would come again. Thanks to Liam, Thambe (???), James, Sonia and the whole crew for two wonderful days!!!!

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Boca Raton, Florida
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Our trip to Suasage Tree exceeded our expectations in every way. The Safari experience was thrilling. We saw an amazing amount in just four days. Our driver was incredibly knowledgeable and went to exhaustive measures to provide us with the best experience possible. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and was a balance of comfort and an authentic Safari experience. The owners of the lodge are the warmest, most hospitable people and do their utmost to make your stay with them the very best it can be. The food was outstanding with attention to detail should anyone have specific dietary needs. The evening meal was a true feast and wonderful end to what always was an eventful and thrilling day. We certainly hope to return to Sausage Tree and have highly recommended it to all our friends and family. It was a beautiful and memorable experience.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 20 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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