The epitome of bush chic, Sausage Tree Camp offers a civilized, luxury approach to a bush experience. The camp has 7 slightly raised, generously spaced, reed, wood and white canvas safari tents.
These tents are spacious ‘signature’ tents which can be opened at the front to provide river views from their private decks. However, their wooden sliding shutters are closed at night, making the rooms feel quite cosy. Each has ochre screeded floors and beautiful teak furniture: a dressing table, chest of drawers, wardrobe, writing desk and four-poster beds with mosquito nets. These tents also have free-standing fans.
Leading out from each bedroom is a private but open-air en-suite bathroom. This floor is also screeded, so you don’t have to worry about getting sandy feet after your shower. The basin and toilet are cleverly moulded into walls and shelves – it looks much better than it sounds – and if you enjoy a good shower then you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve found the water pressure to be excellent.
Kigelia House is very similar in build and style to Sausage Tree’s other luxury tents, but is larger still. It is set under one large canvas roof, which encompasses two separate and enclosed en-suite rooms with reed walls. One room is the master bedroom with a huge kin bed; the second has twin beds, although these can be made into a king on request. The rooms are bright and spacious, each with hanging space made from moulded stone and a comfortable leather armchair.
Between the two bedrooms, and totally open at the front, is a shared lounge furnished with a huge leather sofa, a stunning curved coffee table and a self-service bar, while the large deck in front incorporates a private plunge pool.
Your own private butler is on hand to assist with requests.
Smiling faces, a refreshing drink and a cooling flannel will normally welcome you to Sausage Tree Camp. At first glance, the camp appears to be very modest, but once you’ve stepped inside the main area, seen the views over the Zambezi River and experienced the service of the team, you’ll know exactly why guests return time and time again.
Sausage Tree’s main area is a simple, elegant white Bedouin tent with open sides. Here you’ll find a small library, some sitting areas with comfortable sofas, and a communal dining area. Meals are often served here, but Sausage Tree also has a number of other exciting dining locations.
Comfortable cane furniture is spread across the open deck that stretches from the main area to the river, providing ample seating to while away the quiet afternoons. In front of the bar there is also a firepit where pre- and post-dinner drinks are often served under the stars.
Set aside from the main area and running parallel to the River Zambezi is a large swimming pool, long enough to swim laps. So if you fancy a bit of exercise, often not possible in safari camps, then you’ll probably enjoy this feature. Otherwise, sunloungers in one of the sunniest spots of the camp make it the perfect spot for a relaxing siesta.
In terms of the food quality, we have to say it is difficult to fault the food at Sausage Tree!
Tea and coffee are delivered to your tent along with your early-morning wake-up call. Then, just prior to the early-morning activity, a light breakfast of toast, muffins, cereal, yoghurt, porridge, and bacon and eggs cooked to order is served around the fire overlooking the Zambezi, along with tea, coffee and fruit juice.
Lunch is served around midday. If you are not out on a game drive or having a mid-day siesya, you might be treated to a barbecue lunch on a private island under a big white umbrella, served with a variety of salads and freshly baked bread. This is usually accompanied by Pimms and lemonade and followed by cheese and biscuits.
Save space for afternoon tea, which is served before your afternoon activity at around 3.30pm. The freshly baked chocolate cake is said to be moist and delicious, and don’t feel embarrased about heading back for a second helping, you won’t be the only ones! There is also fruit for the more health conscious, as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks.
While a three course meal is usually served for dinner, there is also an evening barbeque from time to time, with warthog fillet and ribs, and hake, served with a variety of salads and potatoes.
Drinks included: House wines, soft drinks and local spirits are included. Champagne and premium imported wines and spirits are not.
Managers Simon and Ruth, guides Ryan, Nevers, Alex, Henry and Colins, plus the team that makes sure everything runs smoothly ‘behind the scenes’: a team of champions, as the camp likes to call their employees. Together they are the driving force behind this well-oiled ship called Sausage Tree Camp.
The famous Sausage Tree Camp is a chic safari camp in the heart of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, this tented camp overlooks an expanse of narrow channels and low set, reed islands with the magnificent Zambezi escarpment as a backdrop. This luxurious camp, where a private butler is waiting to serve you, does it without losing its ‘bushcamp vibe’. It is the professional staff that makes this happen: no detail in pampering you is overlooked, but they also are walking encyclopedias when it comes to knowledge about the area. As your butler keeps surprising you with big (and small) treats, so will your guide keep revealing bush secrets around every corner. This is pampering in the broadest sense of the word: hot baths and candlelit dinner combined with incredible wildlife sightings and interesting bush-factoids (and plenty of humor, too).
What does a day at Sausage Tree camp look like? A soft knock and the smell of fresh coffee will wake you around 5.30 in the morning; time to rise and overlook the Zambezi River, while breakfast warms over a crackling fire.
The first activity of the day can be a canoe trip meandering by the riverbanks, a game drive to catch sights of lions and leopard, or a walk to take in smaller – and often missed – details of the bush. When returning to camp, lunch will be waiting for you, consisting of homemade bread, fresh produce, salads, pastries and cheese. This might be enjoyed on a sandbank of the river with cooling water lapping at your feet.
After that, do like the lion that just feasted on a buffalo: take a siesta (paws aloft) and rest up for dinner. Before you know it, it will be time for a yummy high tea and the afternoon activity: ready for some Tiger fishing? Or hop in a vehicle and be amazed by the myriad of nocturnal species as they emerge from their hiding places. To top it off, dinner is served in either the communal area under the stars, in the privacy of your own room or an even ‘wilder’ location (spoiler alert!). Nothing seems off-limits at Sausage Tree Camp.
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