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Sausage Tree Camp
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

Sausage Tree Camp was a GREAT place to end my second safari. It sits right on the banks of the Zambezi River and they offer various water activities such as canoeing in a beautiful channel with hippos and crocodiles, fishing for Tiger Fish, or taking a boat cruise. There are some memorable moments such as a luncheon on and in the water (up to your ankles) and a bush dinner which is out in the dark with a camp fire, lit by hurricane lanterns.

My guide, Charles, was very knowledgeable and experienced. The camp managers (Allen, George, Nikki and Merle) were fantastic and welcoming. The bar and wait staff were friendly and accommodating. They assign you a personal butler. Mine was Phillip and he did a great job being helpful and organized. The owner, Jason, was in town and he is a great story-teller who has traveled extensively around the world.

The meals are served as a group if you want, or separately if you so choose. The chalets overlook the water and have decks. The rooms have no heat, which is typical of bush camps, and have outdoor bathrooms. I am NOT a fan of an outdoor bathroom, particularly not when a spider could drop off a tree onto me while I'm washing my face. (This did not happen but it could have!) Monkeys apparently sometimes steal people's toiletries from the outdoor bathrooms, so I kept everything inside the chalet, which was slightly inconvenient.

If you are going on your first safari and are anxious to see tons of game, this is NOT the place to go first. Go somewhere else first, get your Big Five viewing out of the way. Then, come here to enjoy the nuances of something different, such as the riverine forest and the Zambezi experience.

The food here was quite good. I would stay here again and would recommend it for repeat safari-goers.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank LovesDogsinSF
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

I travelled to Sausage Tree Camp by boat from Kanyemba Lodge and I highly recommend arriving by water.

Being the only guest in camp can be uncomfortable at times, but not here. I met Nicci and Alan (managers) on arrival, though they were flying out that afternoon for a week off. George and Merle (managers) hosted me wonderfully well for my three night stay and they now feel like old friends.

As others have said, the tents here are incredible. It was a shame to not spend more time in mine, but there is so much too see and do. The beds are huge and comfortable. The bathrooms have everything you could need. Joseph was my muchinda and he is a lovely, gentle and polite man. He was always waiting for me with a refreshing facewasher after game drives and boat trips and very graciously carried my heavy camera bag.

I was very impressed with the guiding here. Chris M (the leopard king!) and Chris K were my guides and Mike took me out on a few boat trips. My first sighting with Chris and Chris was a leopard, followed by two more over the next two days. We managed to sit and watch one on a kill for quite a while before it was scared away by baboons. I was woken very early one morning by an elephant trumpeting outside my tent after something scared it. Each morning I had a hippo walk past my tent at exactly the same time. I could have set my watch by his visits. The canoe trip is a beautiful way to pass a few hours in the morning.

Merle works wonders in the kitchen. The food was to die for, though I felt like we were constantly eating.

When it came time to leave I almost had to be dragged to the vehicle to transfer to the airstrip. On our way there we had elephants blocking the path (they didn't want me to leave), found another leopard kill and were escorted part of the way by an African Fish Eagle. What a way to end another fabulous visit to Zambia.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank Kellie W
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

Sausage Tree Camp is equal in quality to Chiawa Camp in Lower Zambezi, but of a different style. It's further down the river as well, so you can easily combine it with Chiawa because you will see very different things and most likely a completely different pride of lion. The managers, George and Merle, make it very clear they love what they do. George is passionate about guiding and he turned our game drives into complete adventures as we set out to find specific animals. His wife, Merle, jokes that he was born in the wrong century and I must agree with her, for he would be happiest living off the land and in the bush sleeping under the stars, I think. Merle manages the 'house' and she has a personal interest in gourmet cuisine which clearly shows in their menu each day. The rooms are very large and the bathrooms are attached but without ceilings, allowing you to enjoy an outdoor shower within very cosy and secure confines. One morning before brushing my teeth, I turned on the sink's' faucet and a little frog jumped out. I think he was as surprised as I was!

Each room has a terrace with a view. They are luxurious and comfortable. You will want for nothing. They are in the process of putting in a pool, which will be excellent for guests looking to cool off after a dusty game drive.

My only complaint - We did not stay long enough!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank SafariSnob
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Sausage Tree is world class. I spent three nights there last week and was blown away by the place. It is inside the National Park, on the confluence of a river that flows into the Zambezi. The chalets are utter luxury, and look out onto the river and an amazing vista with elephant and hippo visible from your bed!
The guides were world class - there were only four guests to a vehicle so you get amazing attention. We saw leopard, lion, elephant and buffalo, and many other within our first two game drives!
The walking safari is brilliant too - we learned lots and loved spotting the 'little five' and the 'green five'.
The food is amazing - you certainly wont go hungry! It is like having a five star restaurant in the middle of the wild. Quite a logistical feat to provide it all.
All up it was the most magical place I have ever stayed. You wont find a superior safari experience anywhere in Africa. Thanks to all the team there.

Room Tip: The Honeymoon Suites have to be seen to be believed! You have your own private pool looking out onto the river. We watched elephants drink from the river meters away while we swam.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank ACAGLondon
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

To get to Sausage Tree, we flew from Lusaka to Jeki Airstrip. We were the only two passengers on the flight and Jeki is a dirt field with a corrugated metal hut. We then drove the one and half hours to the camp. On arrival we were greeted by Nicci, the manager. Over cold drinks she detailed what we could expect from our visit. She then had Arnold, who was our private muchinda/butler, escort us to our room.

We were booked into the Honeymoon House. When Arnold showed us the room we were truly just blown away by the elegance of it. It is actually a very large ovoid reed structure with a high Bedouin style white canvas roof. As you enter there is an area with an eating table a bar and a half refrigerator (fully stocked), then the sleeping area with a large comfortable couch in front, and then an incredibly large bathroom with an enormous bathtub, double showers, double sinks and a toilet area behind a screen. All of the areas face the front where there are enormous doors that open up so you look out to a deck with a private swimming pool, with the Zambezi river beyond. There is also an outdoor double shower area. The room is truly awesome and excect for a hair dryer or wi-fi, has everything you could possible want in a luxury accommodation. A word of warning though, do not just jump into the swimming pool. The screaming in camp was us discovering how cold the water in the pool was. Nights were so peaceful falling asleep to the sound of the hippos and frogs.

The food at Sausage Tree is well prepared and there is a great variety. All meals are taken together with other guests and, at least while we were there, there was a very interesting group of guests, so dinner besides being delicious, was also very entertaining. Sandra and Barry from Yorkshire added humor to each and every meal. The morning wakeup call at Sausage Tree was Arnold delivering our coffee. On one day we had a surprise for lunch. We were all taken out to a sandbar in the river, and the table for lunch was set up in the river. We had a great lunch, ankle deep in the Zambezi. Also on one day we elected not to get up early for a game drive, and Arnold served us breakfast in our room.

Each day George met with us to plan what we wanted to do the next day. Activities are totally flexible, you do what you want, when you want. For most of our activities James was our guide and he is an excellent and informative guide. We did a walking safari, a number of jeep safaris and night safaris, a canoe trip and a boat trip, all of which we greatly enjoyed. There are lots of animals in this area, so each trip was an adventure.

Sausage Tree was a wonderful experience. Our room was amazing, the food was delicious, the service was beyond reproach, the activities were fun and interesting and we saw lots and lots of animals. I highly recommend this camp.

Room Tip: Honeymoon House was amazing
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Kathleen R
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