Potato Bush Camp

Reviews of Potato Bush Camp

Excellent(98%) From 10 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 10 of our travellers who have visited Potato Bush Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
The A team from London
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Potato Bush Camp review

We had a wonderful time here. Being able to go walking in the morning, with game drives in the afternoon and the opportunity to go canoeing was amazing. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and we learnt loads about the bush, wildlife and birds. Our room overlooked the river and the elephants used to come around at siesta time to eat their favourite pods from the tree right next to our verandah so we had lovely close up views of mom and her little one which was very special. We had 2 surprises too - which made our stay even that more special and memorable. Would love to return.

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Mr & Mrs W from Croydon
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Luxurious camp with great safari experiences

We stayed for three nights. Potato Bush is a small high quality camp with excellent accommodation; and, excellent food and service, in a splendid location that has varied and interesting local landscape. The management and staff are very friendly and thanks to Monex for looking after us as our personal muchinda/butler. Excellent guiding from Ali. Highlights: canoe safari and hippos; boat trips: and, sightings of lions, elephants, crocodiles.and (briefly) leopard chased by baboons.

We enjoyed our stay very much except for the quality of the game drive vehicle which was disappointingly uncomfortable compared with vehicles we were used to elsewhere in Zambia and on previous safaris - and not up to the standard of the camp. Staff told us that the vehicles were due to have the suspension improved at the end of the season. Therefore, "facilities" not rated excellent.

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Mrs & Mr Y from Paris
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Potato Bush Camp review

Potato Bush Camp may be one of the best lodges I have ever been in Africa. Incredible location, welcoming people, great surprises.

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S & D from London
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Potato Bush

Given the quality of service we enjoyed at our first stop we might have expected less at Potato Bush but it was equally outstanding. Again the staff and facilities were unbelievably good and we enjoyed a whole new set of experiences including sitting down to lunch in the middle of the Zambezi with the water flowing round our feet. Fortunately the crocodiles did not make an appearance.

Our guide here was Ali and yet again we were more than impressed by his level of knowledge and ability to locate birds we had never managed to see on previous trips. Wildlife viewing here was also excellent here because of the availability of backwaters off the main river which acted as a magnet for both animals and birds.

Overall Potato Bush provided yet another brilliant stay which we would recommend to all.

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Mr & Mrs B from UK
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Wildlife and the Zambezi river

Potato Bush camp is at the luxury end. We had a wonderful room and were pampered. During our four nights' stay we had the place to ourselves!

Charles, an excellent guide, was called away after 1 1/2 days to Lusaka for family reasons and Henry from the neighbouring (same ownership) Sausage Tree camp became our principal guide, ably assisted by Ryan.

The huge river is an amazing feature. Masses of elephants, including wading across to the islands. With ample water to wallow in better tempered hippos than in the fast drying out Luangwa river, where they were competing for territory. We enjoyed the canoe ride and all the walks and drives. Surprise lunch one day with toes in the water and bush dinner one evening. Nathan an outstanding cook. Carol as hostess, Stephen as barman and Richard as personal butler all attended to our every need.

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Dr & Mrs R from Hampshire
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Potato Bush Camp review

We had the camp to ourselves throughout our 3 night stay (except for the daily feeding visits of baboons and elephants) and enjoyed exceptional attention from the staff and a dedicated guide.

The remote location (Cessna and motor boat transfer) meant that there were very few other tourist vehicles. We were able to closely approach the animals and our guide made good efforts to secure the best viewing angle for taking pictures whether from vehicle or boat.

We were told that the area was unusually quiet for predator viewing during our stay, and we passed some guests from other camps who were disappointed in this regard. A nearby camp had sent out empty safari vehicles unsuccessfully searching for leopard/lion. Our excellent guide, Ali (newly qualified), tracked a male lion for us from hearing alarm sounds. The Zimbabwean camp manager led the walking safari where we stalked for some time a large bull elephant.

The safari vehicle seemed slightly older than those used by Sausage Tree camp. I helped track down and eliminate a persistent rattle which announced our approach.

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Mr D from London
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Potato Bush Camp

Excellent
Great range of activities: drives, fishing, canoeing, cruising and walking. This is a real plus.
Excellent guides
More upmarket than Tafika - as billed. Tent like structures on concrete bases, wooden doors and windows. A modern rather than traditional set up.
5 tents only.
Visited by many resident southern african residents - who can book it direct rather than via an agent. In the season, Sept and Oct, tiger fishing is a big thing here which draws in lively groups of guys intent on fishing and drinking. They might impact negatively on a family or honeymoon trip. Not an issue for our family in June.
The camp's electricity can't run hair dryers - again not a problem for us.

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Mr & Mrs M from Reading
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Potato Bush Camp review

This felt more like an expensive hotel in a first world country than a camp in the bush. We were not looking for private plunge pools and a personal butler. The incongruity was exacerbated by our being given the family tent because an elephant had damaged the normal sized tent intended for us. Two huge ensuite bedrooms and a terrace almost the size of a tennis court.

Hosting, food and guiding good but the camp just felt wrong. Lots of guiding/hosting staff switching between Potato and Sausage and so unclear what people were actually responsible for.

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Expert Africa comments

Returning to Zambia for a second trip with us, these travellers wanted to focus on the smaller, simpler bushcamps. However, they were also very specific in requesting 8-10 nights, split between several camps, to explore the Lower Zambezi National Park (where there are very few ‘simple’ camps).

Clearly Potato Bush felt too large and luxurious for this traveller – even if the hosting, food and guiding were fine. In retrospect, although we did advise about its relative luxury, we should have put more more emphasis on this and also double-checked that this wouldn’t be a problem.

Sue from USA
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Potato Bush Camp review

Beautiful setting, great wildlife viewing - elephants, hippos, monkeys within easy view from rooms, excellent accommodations.

We stayed in the family tent with central living/dining area open and fronting the river bank (it did have a roof). 2 bedrooms were on either side of the living area which also fronted river bank. The camp manager was extremely accommodating and actually brought a bed to the living area so I could sleep with unobstructed view to river.

Add in a truly magical surprise dinner in the bush at night by candlelight, scrumptious food at every meal, warm and attentive staff...fabulous...I miss it!

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Mr & Mrs B from Jersey
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Potato Bush Camp review

the location of this camp is stunning -right on the river- the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, our game driver Ryan was amazing his knowledge was immense, they offered bush walking and canoeing and both of these were brilliant to experience.

The food was of a very high standard and they added a couple of really nice touches in terms of varying dining locations! i wont give it away though. 12 lions came into camp as we finished breakfast and this was really exciting. we saw loads of game including a leopard kill. Highly recommend this camp.

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