Potato Bush Camp
Lower Zambezi, Zambia
At a Glance
The Lower Zambezi offers fantastic game viewing in beautiful landscapes
Activities include walking safaris, game drives, boating, canoeing and fishing
Enjoy a walking safari in the birthplace of walking safaris
Four beautiful canvas and mahogany safari tents, one a two bedroom family tent
Sister camp to the world-renowned Sausage Tree Camp
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The Lower Zambezi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird watching at the end of the rains.
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Adjacent to the world-renowned Sausage Camp lies its sister camp, Potato Bush Camp. With an incredible panoramic view over the Zambezi River and escarpment this beautiful camp sits nestled under a canopy of trees in a pristine, undisturbed wilderness.
Potato Bush Camp is an exceptionally exclusive and luxurious tented safari camp with four tents made of canvas and rosewood with a contemporary African design and a real feel of raw beauty to them. Raised wooden walkways link the entire camp, increasing the feeling of safety for guests, and allowing them an easy path from their tents to the open plan dining, bar and lounge area. These raised wooden walkways are also of great help in that they enable the camp to stay open from the 1st of April through to early January, when the rains just get too heavy. The only place in the camp where your feet really touch the ground is around the camp fire, which is positioned out in the open under the stars, right on the edge of the river bank.
Activities at Potato Bush camp are excellent and varied, assuring that guests never get bored. Game Drives through the Lower Zambezi National Park are a great way to see a huge variety of wildlife in this beautiful unspoiled wilderness. This is also the best way to achieve an 'up close and personal' experience. Then for those that wish to search for the slightly more elusive nocturnal animals there are also night drives, allowing you the opportunity to look for creatures such as Genet, Civet, Porcupines and the Giant Eagle Owl. The night's sky will also be at its most impressive and your guide can point you out all the Southern constellations.
As one of the few camps privileged enough to be based inside the National Park, Potato Bush Camp is also able to offer canoeing down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Zambezi River, the 14km long Chifungulu Channel which begins just 100m downstream of the camp. By canoe you can explore the banks of the river from an entirely different perspective, looking up from water level whilst drifting downstream listening to the hundreds of bird calls and the sound of the river.
Another even more comfortable way to view the game from the river is to take a scenic boat cruise, watching the animals that come down to the river to drink and bathe, and marvelling at all of the unique water wildlife such as the huge hippo pods and crocodile populations. From the boat you can also enjoy spectacular African sunsets, whilst drifting gently on the water enjoying floating sundowners.
Then last but by no means least, the camp offers incredible walking safaris; the ideal way to learn about the smaller creatures, trees and plants, and all of the different track and signs. Zambia was the birthplace of walking safaris and remains the best place in the world for them.
Then for those that are in search of sport rather than game viewing the Zambezi River is host to some of the most spectacular fresh water sport fishing in the world. The infamous tiger fish is probably the most popular quarry here, with large carnivorous teeth the tiger fish can grow up to 15kg and are renowned for their fighting spirit and strength. The camp supplies all fishing equipment and has expert fishing guides and a range of boats to suit all enthusiasts.
3 safari tents and one 2-bedroom family tent. All have en-suite bathrooms with a twin shower, bath, his and her basins and a flushing toilet. Each tent also has a private deck and plunge pool. The family tent also comes with its own central living and dining area, making it a great tents for families or for a group.
Children over the age of 4 are welcome at Potato Bush Camp although certain activities such as canoeing and walking safaris are age restricted.
Full inclusive laundry service, Open plan living and dining area, Private plunge pools, 4WD game viewing vehicles, Two boats, Canoes, Fishing equipment
4WD Game Drives, Canoeing, Boat Trips, Walking Safaris, Night Game Drive, Fishing.
Canoeing on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi is renowned for truly spectacular canoeing as it provides you with the chance to see game from a wholly different perspective...looking up at it instead of down!
Fishing on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi River is host to some of the most incredible fresh water sport fishing in the world with both spinning and fly fishing, on a strictly catch and release policy according to the park rules. The most popular quarry is the infamous Tigerfish.
Game Viewing in the Lower Zambezi
Game viewing in the Lower Zambezi National Park, with varying options such as game drives, boat and canoe safaris, or bush walks, is the highlight of any safari trip to Zambia.
Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
Location & directions
Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Potato Bush Camp is set on the banks of the Zambezi River in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park. The camp overlooks an expanse of narrow channels and low set reed islands teeming with game, with the magnificent Zambezi escarpment as the backdrop.
How to get there
10-hour international flight to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka, followed by a 60-minute flight by light aircraft and a 40-minute drive and boat trip to the camp.