Sausage Tree Camp
Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
At a Glance
Have the luxury of your own private guide at no additional cost
Canoe the Chifungulu Channel with your expert guide
Enjoy Sausage Tree's excellent cuisine, created by their head chef, Honore Kabongo
Each room has a machinda - a butler - who will look after you superbly
Relax in Sausage Tree's good-sized swimming pool, overlooking the channel of the Zambezi
Take a boat trip upriver and then cut the engine as the sun sets, drifting downstream
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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 birdwatching at the end of the rains.
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A beautiful safari camp sitting on the banks of the Lower Zambezi, offering excellent food and the best of game viewing in luxurious surroundings. Sausage Tree Camp has eight tented rooms and a family house.
Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park, Sausage Tree Camp specialises in excellent game viewing in authentic safari style – without sacrificing an inch of luxury. Nestling in the shade of mature sausage and mahogany trees, each of the eight sumptuous Bedouin-style canvas tents is attended by a personal mchinda (butler), has a private open-air bathroom and a four-poster bed complete with flowing white mosquito nets.
Additionally, the family house, Kigelia House consists of two bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms, a large plunge pool, fully stocked bar and dining table for private meals. The huge open-plan living area is furnished with leather loungers, day bed and sundeck chairs. A beautiful teak deck sweeping across the entire front of the suite offers amazing panoramic views. Kigelia House is ideally suited to small groups (two couples) and/or families. Both bedrooms are large enough to accommodate a third bed on request.
Meals can be taken under the African sky or in the huge open dining tent on the banks of the Zambezi. As the camp is totally unfenced, you may even be joined by a hippo or other four-legged visitor. As well as game drives and guided walking safaris, guests can also venture onto the mighty Zambezi for canoeing, boating and fishing for the renowned tiger fish. There is also a 25-metre lap pool right on the edge of the river where you can cool off on a hot day. Sausage Tree camp is currently the only camp in Zambia to offer the superb service of a private guide for each group of guests at no additional costs.
Scenic boat cruises are also on offer and provide the perfect opportunity to watch animals as they come down to the river to drink and bathe, as well as marvelling at 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.
Accommodation is in eight luxurious Bedouin style tents, generously spaced along the Zambezi River bank allowing the elephants to amble in between. Local materials create a minimalist style in which the teak furniture, including sumptuous four-poster beds, contrasts with pure white fabrics and flowing mosquito nets. Each of the tents has a unique open-air en-suite bathroom and sliding teak doors opening onto private decks with Zambezi River views.
Finally, there is Kigelia House for small groups or families, with two en-suite bedrooms separated by an open plan living area leading onto the private deck and pool.
Children may be accommodated on a request basis only. There are no specific facilities available for children at Sausage Tree Camp.
During a stay at Sausage Tree Camp guests are looked after by a personal butler or 'Muchinda' which means 'Attendant to the Chief'. Each Muchinda will go out of his way to ensure your stay is truly special and will be happy to share his experience of life in Zambia and the bush.
The central dining and bar area is fronted by an enormous teak deck overlooking the beautiful Zambezi River and low set reed islands teeming with game. The large swimming pool is idyllically situated under shading Mahogany trees and is the perfect way to cool down from the warm African sun.
Sausage Tree Camp's location within the Lower Zambezi National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River means that the camp offers game viewing activities both on the water, by boat and canoes, and on the land by four-wheel drive game viewing vehicles or on foot (bush walks). The camp is well equipped with game viewing vehicles, boats and canoes allowing them to easily cater to the personal and individual needs of all the guests. Having your own private guide also means that you can tailor your activities as you wish without having to stick to any particular schedule.
Meg Shepro (Staff)
Sausage Tree is a gorgeous luxury tented camp located on a game heavy stretch of the Lower Zambezi and my stay here was nothing short of perfect. The service is incredibly personalized and attentive with private guiding and a butler to take care of your every need. Relaxing on my sun-lounger on my private deck watching as hippo, elephant, Buffalo and crocodiles meander on the islands across from my tent was a true highlight!
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Sausage is a very special camp with a lot to offer. Nestled on the banks of Zambezi it makes for a perfect wilderness retreat. On arrival we were introduced to our mchinda who was to look after us throughout our stay. I am not usually a great fan of a private butler but Peter glided almost invisibly and very tactfully about our room (usually when were not there) making sure we are comfortable and have everything we need. Wed been upgraded to a Honeymoon Suite so had a vast room, huge plunge pool and a very sexy outdoor shower (not to mention a fully-stocked fridge). With a view of the river to boot, we barely need have left our room. However, leave our room we did, for a glorious early-morning canoe trip, complete with adrenalin-pumping hippo encounter, followed that afternoon by a tiger fishing trip. I hadnt caught a fish since I once hooked a mackerel in Torbay aged six and was keen to break my duck (Id had a disappointing attempt at tiger fishing five years previously on the same stretch of river). However, I also stubbornly refused to allow our guide to cast for me so it was starting to get dusky by the time I finally felt a tug on my line and leapt into action. My wait was rewarded by a very respectable catch, which we released immediately back into Zambezi. Gin and tonics in hand, we zoomed back upriver to the camp as the sun set. Right on cue, Peter was waiting for us and had prepared a beautiful candlelit dinner on our deck. Who could ask for a more perfect day?
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.
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Location & directions
Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Sausage Tree 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.