Reviews of Sausage Tree Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
37 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Sausage Tree Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Amazing three days at Sausage Tree Camp"
The lodge itself is very luxurious (the bathrooms!) and offers an exceptional level of service, yet still feels like a family setting. The lodge manager has been a guide for many years and the lodge owner also spent a few days at the lodge during our stay.
Activities (game drives, walking safaris, canoe rides, motor boar rides) are offered twice a day and during your stay you have a personal guide who organizes these only for your party. If you are participating in both daily activities then stay of three days is sufficient to see most things.
The whole trip was seamlessly organized by ExpertAfrica. Many thanks again!" See all these reviews: 3n in Zambia
"Extraordinary. Sublime. Perfect."
The setting is beyond words, situated on the banks of the Zambezi with hippos in the river, elephants wading through, vervet monkeys in the camp, and opportunities to see a huge variety of animals without even going anywhere. There are lots of activities – day and evening game drives, power boat and canoe trips, fishing and walking safaris.
The guides are knowledgable and the entire staff are extraordinarily friendly. The food was great. The staff also surprised us with meals in different locations and other things that made it a once-in-a-lifetime, remarkable experience.
If I could give it 8 stars, I would still not think that was enough." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia; 6n in Rwanda
"A very well run camp"
The guaranteed private guiding (i.e. just you and your guide in each vehicle) is new, and works well (of course, you need to decide if that is what you want).
One suggestion to the camp. There are a number of places which have fairly steep concrete steps: from the main area of each tent to the bathroom, and around the main communal area. For guests who are a little unsteady on their feet, like me, simple hand rails would improve safety and security." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
"A bit of luxury to end the hoiday"
We had our own guide (Hastings) for all activities - he's a pleasant and very competent guide. Knows his birds.
The range of activities was very good. However, the walk we did was disappointing with a rather casual scout in an uninteresting area: not really worth doing. (There is too much vegetation here for safe walking anywhere interesting, and it was our impression that the many elephants were somewhat more aggressive (and bigger!) than those in South Luangua.)
Drives started around 7.30am which we thought was a bit late, but if anyone wanted to go earlier they were accommodated.
Trips on the river were interesting and very relaxing, and canoeing up a backwater with crocs and many hippos was good, if a bit scary. Night drives were memorable, mainly through close encounters with hunting lions and stroppy elephants. We didn’t try the fishing which seems to be seasonal.
(Note that Potato Bush and Sausage Tree are effectively the same camp, sharing staff, equipment and catering)." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
"Sausage Tree Camp review"
Probably the most expensive ( ?).
The guarantee of a private guide avoided any conflict with other guests interests (eg avid Twitchers )." See all these reviews: 17n in Zambia
"Sausage Tree Camp"
We were treated to a bush breakfast, a feet-cooling river buffet lunch and a delicious bush dinner. We chose not to do the canoeing but thoroughly enjoyed 3 fishing trips, when Alan still found time to position the boat for osprey photos!
There is a large swimming pool for cooling off during the heat of early afternoon and a room fan can also act as hairdryer, although the heat will quickly dry anything. Again there was a blanket for early morning chills and bean bags for stabilising the camera.
Sausage Tree provides all guests with private guiding and we considered ourselves so lucky to go with Alan, himself an ethical man and very keen photographer with a growing repertoire of great shots. His knowledge, experience, tracking, hard work and enthusiasm led to some very exciting and varied game viewing. His instincts for this or that animal's behaviour assisted anticipation to capture the best moments. We can't wait to go back!" See all these reviews: 20n in Zambia
"Sausage Tree Camp review"
Having expressed an interest in birding, we were allocated a guide (Prisley) with excellent birding skills." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
"Sausage Tree Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
"River activities! Good ending to a safari."
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." See all these reviews: 6n in Zimbabwe; 3n in Zambia
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