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Zambia Safari

Sausage Tree Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

River Picnic at Sausage Tree Camp
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Sausage Tree camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi River, in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. This exclusive safari camp specializes in affording its guests the very best game-viewing, in traditional safari style. As a member of Classic Safari Camps of Africa, the very highest of international standards in luxury and service are offered and combined with this truly classic African wildlife experience.

Sausage Tree Camp offers the largest range of game-viewing activities including: game-drives, walking safaris, canoeing, boating and fishing for the world-renowned "Tigerfish". Fly-fishing, bait and spinning are the three most successful methods of fishing here. With personalized guiding, guests decide exactly what activity they would like to take.

If you are visiting Zambia, then the Lower Zambezi National Park is a must and Sausage Tree Camp will show you the very best of what the park has to offer. For the discerning traveler to Zambia, Sausage Tree is an excellent option.

Accommodation            For images of Sausage Tree Camp, click Sausage Tree Images
Accommodation at Sausage Tree is in six luxurious, white Bedouin-style tents, dotted discreetly along the river bank. The camp is designed in a clean, minimalist style, in which the reddish brown teak furniture including, sumptuous four poster beds, contrasts crisply and cleanly with pure white fabrics and flowing white mosquito nets. Nearly hidden from one another, and shaded by mature Sausage and Mahogany trees, the tents are cool, private sanctuaries to return to after an early morning game drive.

Each tent has a private open-air, ensuite bathroom, a distinct trademark for which this world-renowned, tented safari camp has become known. From the loo with a view, to the steaming hot shower, to the honeymoon tent which offers a bathtub worth marrying for, the camp is truly a pleasure.

Sleeping only 12 guests, Sausage Tree Camp offers a personalized safari experience. Each tent has its own personal butler (Muchinda) to attend to guests' every whim. Bereft of fences, elephant frequently walk through camp, allowing guests to enjoy game experiences from the comfort of the main area.

With a silenced generator for tent lighting and battery charging and evening escort to and from the guest tents, Sausage Tree offers a civilized approach to a true bush environment with lavish attention to detail.

Imagine fine dining on the banks of the Zambezi, with the chorus of laughing hippo's. Well it does happen! Sausage Tree Camp has a huge, white open-style dining and bar tent where this is a nightly occurrence.

With outstanding views in 360 degrees, including the camp's resident game directly in front, it usually takes a lot longer to finish the exquisite meals than one initially thinks.

Regarded as one of Zambia's finest Chefs, Mr. Honore Kabongo (from the Congo), was trained in France and later moved to Zambia. He has been working at Sausage Tree Camp as the Executive Chef for the past four years. Never will you meet a chef so passionate about his cuisine.

Breakfast is available from 5am, but your breakfast time will depend on what time you decide to have your wake up call. The morning meal is buffet style, consisting of juice, tea, coffee, toast, muffins, cereal and fresh fruit salad. It's a very healthy way to start the day. Otherwise, orders for a cooked breakfast may be given the night before.

Lunch is served at 12 noon unless other arrangements have been made. The buffet lunch consists of a hot meat dish, vegetarian dish, two salads, and the "hot special bread" of the day. Just in case that doesn't satisfy, the buffet is followed with a selection of the finest Zambian and South African cheeses, served on a board with crackers, nuts and dried fruits.

Dinner: If you would like a private and intimate dinner for two, your very own private table will be set, with a bar and camp fire in front of your tent. Dining alone perched on the edge of the Zambezi with your very own personal Muchinda (waiter) attending to your every wish is something to be experienced! Otherwise, join the other guests under the stars, around the campfire, or in the dining tent, for the three-course fine dining candlelit dinner. Wine, dine and socialise with the other guests and your hosts, who have come to experience and appreciate Africa at its very best.

Any special dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Game viewing is the key reason for most people to visit African wildlife areas and National Parks. Zambia is in a prime position to fulfill visitor needs as it offers such a variety of environments to explore including the Lower Zambezi National Park. Sausage Tree Camp’s location within the National Park and on the banks of the Zambezi River means guests may choose to participate in game viewing activities by boat and canoes, as well as game drives by 4WD safari vehicles or on foot (bush walks).

Sausage Tree Camp insists on employing the best guides. All of its guides are fully trained, licensed and have many years of experience, ensuring that the highest quality of guiding and safety standards are delivered and achieved. They are fully qualified in advanced first-aid.

The camp is equipped with 3 game viewing vehicles, 3 boats and 6 canoes which allows them to cater to the needs of all of the camp's maximum of 12 guests. All of the boats and vehicles are fitted with VHF radios, for direct communications back to camp and also carry a first-aid kit. A more comprehensive first-aid supply remains within the camp, as does an HF radio, enabling direct communications back to the head office in Lusaka (the capital of Zambia).

The Lower Zambezi is renowned for its spectacular canoeing. As one of the few privileged operators based inside the National Park, Sausage Tree is able to canoe guests down the most stunning section of the Zambezi River, “The Chifungulu Channel”.

Led by one of the highly qualified canoe guides, you'll explore the banks of the river, where game can be seen from a totally different perspective - looking UP rather than down!  Canoe trips vary in length (from one to seven hours), however a one hour canoe trip is a great prelude to an evening game drive.

No experience or particular strength is required - it is an effortless drift, as the flow of the Zambezi swishes the canoes along. Rather than a work out, this is a time to relax, listen to the sound of the huge variety of bird-life and admire their sheer beauty. A full day canoe trip, stopping for a picnic lunch on route, down to Old Mondoro Camp (30km) is an unbeatable safari experience.

Game drives (Day and Night)
Game drives are the most reliable and successful way to see a good variety of amimals. A larger area can be covered in a shorter time frame, hence, increasing the chance to find good game. Also those ‘up close and personal’ experiences are made possible this way. The team of professional guides will ensure though, that it is not too close!

Night drives are the perfect way to experience the nocturnal animals, including the elusive leopard!

By visiting more areas, and witnessing the diversity of the Lower Zambezi National Park, the unspoiled wilderness of Zambia is able to be appreciated. The wildlife and beauty in the area around Sausage Tree Camp can only be described as “God’s own country”.

Walking is the perfect way to search for the smaller creatures, learn about the trees and the plants, and examine the different types of dung. Led by a professional walking guide and National Parks Wildlife Officer (the man with the rifle!), walking is preferred by many safari lovers. Beware - not only do you see the smaller things on foot, it is also common for guests to see lion on bush walks.

Boat Cruises
Sausage Tree Camp operates scenic boat trips using 7-metre aluminium river cruisers. Designed for the Okavango Delta, they are the perfect boat for the Zambezi River as sandbanks make navigation on the water very difficult. Scenic boat cruises are a very relaxing way to view the game that comes down to the river to drink and bathe.

Until the Zambezi River is explored by boat, it is impossible to truly appreciate the huge hippo and croc populations. To view the most amazing sunsets in Africa, floating sundowners (Gins and Tonic are de riguer!) in the middle of the Zambezi are a must! This can also provide a photographic opportunity for that perfect African sunset.

Lucky guests have experienced the truly memorable sight of elephant crossing the Zambezi, from Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe to the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia.

Fishing in the Lower Zambezi National Park is strictly Catch & Release!

The Zambezi River is host to some of the most spectacular fresh water sport fishing in the world. There are three types of fish that Sausage Tree Camp focuses on catching:
Tigerfish - Hydroeynnus vittatus; which is Latin for "striped river dog"
Vundu - similar to a "catfish" or barbell
Bream - a type of Tilapia

The most sporting and certainly the most fun to catch is the famous "Tigerfish". Renowned for their strength and spectacular "leaping out of the water" fighting performance, there is little question why both experts and novices get excited from the moment it strikes to the time it is held in hand for that classic photo album shot. A relative of the infamous piranha, tigers have large carnivorous teeth and can grow to 15kg (33lb). Though much larger, the "Vundu" is the largest fish in the Zambezi River and grow well over 50kg (110lb). A little like catching a crocodile!

Sausage Tree Camp supplies both regular and fly-fishing equipment, which is ideal for all three mentioned species, plus the boats, fuel and guide, all of which is fully supplied at no extra cost. The guides are trained and know the best places to lure them onto the hook. The camp has two large and very stable aluminum speed boats, plus one smaller fiberglass speed boat, which is more like a typical bass fishing boat and perfect for the real enthusiast.

The Lower Zambezi National Park has a large variety of faunal species including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects, distributed in varying densities and in complex and diverse eco-systems.

During your stay in the Lower Zambezi, you will have a very good chance of seeing the following large mammals: elephant, hippo, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, impala, bushbuck and kudu. Of the carnivores, there are solid numbers of leopard, lion and hyena. Other commonly seen predators are African wild dog, serval and the African wild cat. Smaller animals include the side striped jackal, dwarf, slender & banded mongooses, large spotted genet, civet, tree squirrel, honey badger, porcupine and aardvark.

These animals are widely dispersed during the wet season because there is plenty of water and forage. In the dry season they are largely concentrated along the valley floor, the banks of the river and islands in the Zambezi River.

Sausage Tree Camp is open during the best game viewing months - April to November. The season begins at the end of the rainy season. The vegetation is lush at this time but as the season progresses the bush dries out, the game gathers, and sightings improve.

Early Season - April to May
Visiting the Lower Zambezi after the rains is stunning as the skies are clear and the mountains seem so near. The migratory birds remain in plumage and are preparing to move on. The dense vegetation forces the lions to use the roads and the wild dog are readily seen in the open plains.

Mid Season - June to August
The season has kicked into gear, the vegetation starts to die off and thin out, the elephant and buffalo herds start to gather, and the guides are predicting the predators' next move. Definitely the coldest time of the year, please bring cold weather gear for night drives and early morning activities. The days are a perfect temperature. The Sausage Tree starts to flower, as does the flame creeper/burning bush (Chifungulu) which transforms the green vegetation to a bright red.

Late Season - September to November
Things are really starting to heat up both in terms of weather and game viewing and fishing. Most waterholes have dried up by now, so game is more often seen on the river banks and islands. Bird watching is also spectacular with summer migrating birds returning - the carmine bee eaters really put on a show along the riverbanks. October is the hottest month with a feeling of build up to the rains. When the first rains come, the impala give birth, as do the warthogs and many other species.

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