Wow, this place was fantastic. We have wanted to go on a safari for some time now and Sausage Tree exceeded our expectations. After searching around on tripadvisor, I stumbled upon Sausage Tree and it seemed to fit the bill on the type of accommodations we wanted- not a full blown lodge, but more of a Luxury Camp (my wife says people call it "Glamping"). To make this review helpful I will try to break this review into sections.
Property/Accommodations: This place is pretty "boutique" with only four tents. Each tent faces the preserve so you have a chance to see animals roaming around from your small porch. The rooms have very comfortable beds, nice bathroom amenities, a huge tub and separate outdoor shower. Outside you will find a couple of chairs and a hammock to relax outside. No worries. An aircon/heater, a fan, and even a power strip are in the rooms as well if you need them. The main building is equally nice with lounge areas, a small pool, and an overlook of a watering hole. The maintenance of the property is top notch and all details are looked after by the staff.
Staff: I cannot say enough about Sonja, James, Liam, and the rest of the staff. You feel like a part of the family and they certainly put up with my dumb jokes and constant chatter. At all times very welcoming and charming and again attention to detail is phenomenal.
Food: I had friends that had gone on a safari with another company near by and when I was leaving they warned me to bring my own food to snack on. The food at Sausage Tree was fantastic. My wife is still bothering my to email them for a couple of the recipes. In addition, my wife is a very picky eater and won't eat a number of different types of proteins. One of them I failed to mention to Sonja and wouldn't you know it a couple of hours before dinner she mentioned that we would be having that for dinner. Once I broke the news to Sonja of my failure, she was sure the kitchen could come up with a solution by dinner time. The delivered a vegetarian Moroccan dish that my wife was simply blown away by.
Safari: This is the hardest to review because 90% of this is outside of the lodge's control. It is an animal reserve and unfortunately these animals don't care what your vacation plans are. I feel that we were blessed by the safari gods to see the big five, a great scene of lions chasing a leopard, and going asleep to the sound of lions from inside our tent. What is in the lodge's control is the staff on the drive and the maintenance of the truck that drives you around. As I mentioned before James and Liam were excellent. They are unbelievable sources of knowledge regarding the flora and fauna that surround you. They are respectful of the animals, the environment, and the other safari trucks/companies that you may pass on your journey. Their truck is very well maintained inside and out. I didn't think about this until I saw other safari trucks from other safari lodges that seemed to struggle with the terrain. In addition, because there is only 4 tents, you will be traveling in comfort and space, not squished in or sitting in the middle trying to capture that perfect shot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Sausage Tree Safari Camp promises rich game viewing and spectacular views, as our boundary with Kruger National Park is open and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains form a majestic back drop. This family operated safari camp pride itself on the warm atmosphere and African safari tented accommodation it offers. Enjoy lantern lit dinners in our boma or open deck under the star studded African sky. Sunrise and sunset safaris in open 4x4 vehicles are the highlights of the day.The Safari Camp:Our African safari-styled tents are nestled in between Marula, Knobthorn Acacia and Sausage Trees and overlook a dry river bed, the bush and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. Each tent is spacious and built in an elevated position with it's own special view. The tents are fully furnished and have their own private deck and ensuite bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower. Inverter or Eco based Air-conditioners are fitted in each tent ensuring that you stay cool during those warm summer nights... and can even be set to warm during those colder nights in winter. Insect gauze on all the windows and doors keep the insects outside where they belong. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sausage Tree Safari Camp South Africa/Balule Private Game Reserve