We four friends arrived at Jeki strip on a direct flight from Mfuwe - a transfer which meant we maximised our time at Sausage Tree. This is a remote and atmospheric strip avoiding long transfers by vehicle. Our guide for the next four days, Nevers, met us, and a twenty minute drive - seeing game as we drove - brought us to the Zambezi. We boarded a speedboat and made the spectacular transfer up river to Sausage Tree Camp, enjoying wonderful scenery and game viewing.
Sausage Tree is beautifully situated and is without doubt a luxury camp but manages to retain a real bushcamp experience - a clever balancing act. The bedouin tents are huge with well appointed bathrooms overlooking the river. After a week of living out of bags it was good to be able to unpack and spread a little in the well furnished tent. Sofas, chairs on the deck, binoculars, fans and stylish furnishings - nothing had been overlooked. Our Muchinda - butler - right hand man Clever, was always on hand in a very discreet way to look after us and to provide surprises and treats - we were completely spoiled!
The communal areas are very comfortable and right on the edge of the river. Meals were enjoyed with our guides and with Nicci and Alan who are excellent and easy hosts. The food was quite the best we enjoyed during our whole trip and the highlights of lunch served on a sandbank in the Zambezi and the bush dinner were so beautifully presented and seemed effortlessly arranged.
Each game drive was different - our first morning, Nevers our guide, found a pride of eight lions with a fresh kill and we spent a long time watching. Each time we did a game drive we saw something different. We walked with Nevers and Alex and scount Alfred, seeing a different landscape to the one we had left in the South Luangwa. And then there were the water activities - a wonderful canoe trip - each of us with a guide - early morning mist and beautiful scenery. And then the pods of hippos and crocodiles increased in numbers and we saw elephants and waterbuck on the banks. This was a marvellous trip 12k down the channel - not to be missed. We had an afternoon/evening cruise with sundowners, and then there was the tiger fishing! Alan is such an enthusiast and managed to fit a third fishing trip in before breakfast on the morning of our departure. This is typical of the ethos of Sausage Tree Camp - Nicci and Alan and all of their staff go the extra mile to ensure you make the most of your time in the Lower Zambezi. We were so pleased to have Sausage Tree as the fourth and final camp on our trip - it was completely perfect in every way!