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Sausage Tree Camp
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Wow prepare to be blown away”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was our first safari and I din't know what to expect. Before we went I admit I was worried about camping, the food and had even thought I would get bored how wrong could I get. Nikki and Alan were fantastic hosts and we were made to feel like invited guests with drinks around the camp fire overlooking the Zambezi, food that would make a Michelin star restuarant proud, good company and animals everywhere even in the camp with Dexter the hippo being a regular visitor. We had game drives twice a day and Alan was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the animals welfare. We were offered biscuits baked fresh that morning when we stopped mid morning and appetisers when we stopped to watch the sun go down in the evening. One evening we had bush fair with a table with linen table cloth, cutlery and glasses under the stars and candles lighting the way to a commode - great touch. When we arrived back at camp our wonderful majinder/butler Chris, took us back to our tent where he had run us a bath, lit with candles and a message written in leaves that said 'have a lovely bath'. The tent was incredible with a soft bed with beautiful linen, twin showers and sinks, a settee looking out over our own pool with the Zambezi river just beyond. If this is camping I think we'll sell our house and move now. Thank you Nikki and Alan we certainly hope to be back soon.

Room Tip: We had the room with a pool but ai am sure they are all fabulous.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jason M, Manager at Sausage Tree Camp, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and we hope we see you back in camp to enjoy some more time around the fire, enjoying the view, the company and the odd glass of wine. Dexter is still visiting us although we now have an hyena who is frequenting camp too!
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

From the moment we were greeted on the jetty by Nikki to our farewell at the airstrip from Chris this was an exceptional experience - full of surprises that just kept getting better. Our suite was so luxurious it was hard to believe we were in such a remote place. The staff looked after us at the highest level, friendly and engaging and intent on making sure we enjoyed every minute with them. Our guide Chris was dedicated to giving us the very best experience of this part of Africa - and he succeeded. Life in the camp includes wonderful meals and great company and amazing experiences on the Zambesi - we have been to many camps on safari before but this simply tops them all. Can't recommend this highly enough!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mollymook NSW Australia
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

It all started with a 30 minute small plane trip from Lusaka to an outback landing strip. The views from the plane as you flew over the Zambezi river were amazing and exciting to say the least. We were met at the plane and driven by 4WD to a runabout at the river which then transported us to Sausage Tree. Our first experience was a mass of hippos, crocs and elephants along the way. We were met by Kyle (manager and guide at Sausage Tree) who we quickly discovered was the Steve Irwin of Sausage Tree. The four of us that were travelling together were fortunate to have Kyle as our guide for the next 3 days and his knowledge of the wild was absolutely incredible. We had amazing experiences with lions and leopards that you would only dream of. Of course we managed to experience every other animal that was around as well. The service in the camp was perfect. A cup of tea or coffee in bed at 6am every morning was well received before we got up for a light breakfast and hit the jungle for the day. We returned from the morning expedition for a buffet lunch, a couple of hours to chill before heading out again for the afternoon. Pulled up for sundowners (this is what they call afternoon drinks). Our esky contained G&T, Savignon Blanc and Mosey beer. What more could you ask for. Then out to look for leopards. Back about 8pm for dinner which was our individual choice from the menu they showed us earlier in the day. Food was great.
Our room was beautiful with an outdoor bathroom (watch the frogs). Everything in there that you needed. When I first arrived I was a bit worried "what, no hairdryer!!". But I quickly got used to the idea, we are meant to be roughing it a little bit. And in such a quiet, peaceful environment, you really don't want to hear the sound of hairdryers. The elephants amble around your room which is really lovely.
We visited 2 other camps in Zambia. While the other 2 were also great, Sausage Tree just had that extra something. Can't recommend it highly enough and I really hope to go back there some day.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Port Shepstone, South Africa
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

Incredibly beautiful, peaceful, and pristine setting on the banks of the Zambezi. Excellent management and staff catered to all our needs well above our expectations. We especially enjoyed having our activities individually tailored to our wishes. Our ranger, Prisley, was superb and had an enormous range and depth of knowledge from the stars to the smallest plants and animals, and everything in between. His unflagging enthusiasm for all aspects of the bush, and that of the staff in general, made this a most memorable holiday. Surprises included a private, buffet lunch actually in the Zambezi, and a very memorable private dinner in the bush. Game freely wandered through the camp, especially at night, but sensible precautions ensured our safety. Overall by far the best African lodge experience we have had.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lilongwe, Malawi
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

A fantastic lodge. Food, service and accommodation were all wonderful. An extra note, the swimming pool was a real treat, it stretches across the river so while you swim and relax you can watch the hippos and elephants!
The Zambezi gets hot so it's a small thing but the fans provided in the rooms here are excellent.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 22, 2013

I was fortunate enought to spend 2 nights at Sausage Tree in the Lower Zambezi with my husband and my family. Here is my feedback....

LODGE:
The family suite that we were put in was incredibly. We were blown away and by far the best that we had on our 9 days on the river. As it was quite hot while we were there, it was a welcome relief to have the plunge pool and the fantastic lounge area. Having two rooms was very special and the children felt very “grown up” to be in the own room. The layout and the way the suite take in most of the river was brilliant…..not to mention the privacy. Each day we had hippos and elephants come and visit us in front of our rooms which resulted in us getting some wonderful pictures with the children.

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Each night we were given the opportunity of having a private dinner in our suite. Of course we jumped at the chance to do this and it was great to have our children sleeping near us but then still allowing us to experience the romance of Sausage Tree. The food was amazing…….

STAFF:
What can I say….JOSPEH (our valet/butler) was incredible. He made us feel right at home and nothing was too much trouble and he made sure that we felt pampered. He seem to be a REAL asset to Sausage Tree and showed such passion for what he does. Our guide was soooo patient with Struan and his fishing and dealing with the live wire that is Andrew on game drive. Again, nothing was too much trouble (I am sorry but I can’t remember the guides name…really bad of me but 10 out of 10 for the way he treated us).

In closing we felt that Sausage really has got it right……….

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I was fortunate enough to be invited to join some business colleagues on a fishing trip on the lower Zambezi, and we stayed at Sausage Tree. The camp itself is fantastic, our guides (Chris & Prinsley) were really great and the service & food was amazing. While we didn't go on many game drives the elephant & buffalo sightings off the boat were spectacular and elephants regularly crossed the river in front of the camp. The fishing was also excellent.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Sausage Tree Camp
Address: Main Park Road, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Lusaka Province > Lower Zambezi National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Lower Zambezi National Park
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sausage Tree Camp 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sausage Tree camp is the epitome of bush chic offering a civilized approach to a true bush experience with lavish attention to detail. This exclusive safari camp, voted number one on the BBC Holiday Programme's 'Ten Best Luxury Destinations', specializes in the very best game viewing with the highest international standards in luxury and service. ... more   less 
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