Sausage Tree Camp

Reviews of Sausage Tree Camp

Excellent(95%) From 20 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 20 of our travellers who have visited Sausage Tree Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr & Mrs S - Cheshire
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Sausage Tree Camp review

Good relaxing stay in a very well managed camp. Variety of activities welcome, and the closeness of the river a definite plus in hot September weather.

Having expressed an interest in birding, we were allocated a guide (Prisley) with excellent birding skills.

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The W family from Aylesbury
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sausage Tree has quite a different feel to Chongwe. The facilities are more upmarket and the camp management is very impressive. We particularly appreciated the efforts made to do some things differently such as lunch in the river (lilterally) and breakfast and dinner in the bush.

It's very hard to find any fault with Sausage Tree. The one area where I feel Chongwe had an edge was in the atmosphere they managed to foster between guests, management and guiding staff by assiduous mingling at the bar and over dinner.

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Ms B from San Francisco
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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River activities! Good ending to a safari.

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 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!)

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 in a heartbeat and would recommend it.

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O Family - Vancouver
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sausage Tree Camp review

This was our first experience on safari, and it completely exceeded our expectations. The food was superb, and our guide was also wonderful. The location in the park was excellent. We even had a butler, which the kids thought was pretty funny!

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Dr P from Aberdeenshire
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Sausage Tree Camp review

Sausage Tree camp has a wonderfully remote feel to it, albeit being located right on the Zambezi river banks in an absolutely stunning location. When flying in, after coming from South Luangwa, the landscape looks like a lush golf course, and Sausage Tree oddly has something of the atmosphere you find in city hotels. Clearly, a lot of tought went into the desigh and decoration of this camp when it was originally built even if it is beginning to show its age in places.

Coming here after being in the Tafika bush camps feels like coming onto Oxford street from a country walk. It is very busy when full, and mealtimes along the traditional long table are bustling.

The food is ambitious with two choices for all three courses at dinner.

Guides here are knowledgeable but it is clear that they don't benefit from the long established tradition of the South Luangwa park. No doubt that will come, and some of the guides are really excellent. However, I personally dislike the practice of radioing every car in the area once a "specimen" has been located with the animals being set upon by cars coming from all directions to see the sight. That said, Sausage Camp has an excellent variety of activities between the bush and the river, and does its best to show of both to their advantage.

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Mr and Mrs G Leicestershire
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A good variety of activities

A very luxurious camp with lots to do, helpful staff and very good guides - George and Marshall. The mangement coped amazingly well as we were there during the Zambian elections and they managed to keep a full camp happy and occupied despite having half their staff away voting.

The river trips and game drives were good, with Marshall managing to track down a good leopard sighting during a night drive, and seeing a roan antelope from the river - although unfortunately it was standing in Zimbabwe. The highlights were probably our canoe trip to the airport on the last morning and the final night drive with George when we just sat quietly by a waterhole with our sundowners watching all the game sorting themselves out for night-time.

The rooms were lovely and very well equipped (useful to have an extra set of good binoculars provided), and a drink in the pool or our outdoor bath proved a nice way to cool off in the afternoons whilst watching the activities on the river. The food was good and very well presented.

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Mr & Mrs F from Kent
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sausage Tree Camp review

After all the superb experiences already enjoyed we had not expected to be quite so stunned by our stay at STC. We were upgraded to the honeymoon suite which was big enough to host a reception! It was beautifully set up - stunning in every way, especially the very refreshing plunge pool!

George and Merle were perfect hosts and the guides were also quite excellent - thanks James and Mike. This was the first time on our trip when we had the same guides whether we were walking, canoeing or on drives and it was a great idea. The food was delicious and having lunch on a sand bank in the middle of the Zambezi was a magical memory - thanks Merle. Arnold, our Muchinda, was kindness and thoughtfulness itself.

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Mr & Mrs P - Derbyshire
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A great Zambezi side Camp

An otherwise excellent impression was marred by a river cruise which had been specifically organised for us to go birdwatching and adding two more people who were interested in river views and elephants and a third person who was only interested in the sound of her own voice. No attempt was made to advise us of the new arrangements.

The manageress, Nikkie, accepted that we had been badly dealt with and apologised unreservedly and the following day was back to normal. The fact remains that one daylight part of the evening game drive was lost.

Specific congratulations are due for the best lighting on the holiday; it was high enough to be useful.

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Mrs & Mr H - San Francisco
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Sausage Tree Camp review

We loved Sausage Tree.

Nicci and Alan were great hosts.

Our room was very luxurious and our muchidja took good care of us.

Charles was a great guide.

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Mr and Mrs E - Birmingham
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 6 nights
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a warm welcome back to Sausage Tree

Undoubtedly the best camp we've visited anywhere in the world. While the range of game may be better in other parts of Africa, we see a good & varied amount here. What makes Sausage Tree so special is the location on the Zambezi River, with all the hippos, elephants, etc visiting and the opportunity to canoe or go on boat cruises. The tents are lovely -- well-planned and luxurious and full of lovely touches. But the highlight are the amazing people running it.

All the guides are engaging and pleased to chat, Alan and Nicci run the camp flawlessly -- nothing fazes them and their knowledge of Africa, wildlife, hospitality profession, mechanics, etc just boggle. They were head & shoulders above any camp managers we met.

Our guide Chris was not only knowledgable, but could sense what interested us and was a good judge at how long to stay at a site, what sort of information to give. He also explained a lot of his approach so we better understood the guide's job and because of that, we built a strong relationship.

The attention to detail -- be it in the rooms, or dining area/bar are amazing. Everything Sausage Tree does is to the highest standard. Perhaps the only point that lets them down was the food -- quality was good, but needs more variety and less emphasis on red meat (we had steak-lamb-steak on three consecutive nights). That has been changed now to a menu where you have choices of starters & mains, etc. That will help.

This was our second time at Sausage Tree, and I think it holds a more special place in our hearts than before. They certainly are the most professional and comprehensive safari camp we've been with.

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