Accommodation is in luxurious white bedouin style tents, built to the highest of standards. Tents are generously spaced along the Zambezi River bank allowing the elephants to amble in between. Local materials create a minimalist style in which the teak furniture, including sumptuous four-poster beds, contrasts with pure white fabrics and flowing mosquito nets. Nearly hidden from one another, and shaded by mature sausage and nahogany trees, the tents are cool, private sanctuaries to return to for an afternoon siesta or good nights rest.
Each of the five ‘signature tents’ has a unique open-air en-suite bathroom, a distinct Sausage Tree Camp trademark, and sliding teak doors opening onto private decks with Zambezi River views.
Two enormous ‘honeymoon suites’ each boast indoor and outdoor bathrooms, dining area, bar and a king size bed overlooking the private pool set into the expansive teak deck.
‘Kigelia house’ is the perfect choice for small groups or families, with two en-suite bedrooms separated by an open plan living area leading onto the private deck and pool.
Each tent has its own personal muchinda (butler) to attend to your every whim. All tents have 24 hour power and plentiful hot and cold treated water.
Game drives are the most succesful way to see a good variety of wildlife, both large and small. Witnessing the diversity of the Lower Zambezi National Park you can appreciate the unspoiled wilderness of Zambia. A larger area can be covered in a shorter time frame, increasing the chance to find good game. The vehicles also allow those 'up close and personal' experiences.
Night drives are the perfect way to experience the nocturnal animals, including the elusive leopard, genet, civet, porcupine and giant eagle owl. The big cats tend to be more active at night and you may find yourself following lions on the hunt.
Walking is the perfect way to search for the smaller creatures, learn about the trees, the plants and examine the different tracks and signs. Walking was pioneered in Zambia and remains one of the few areas where this can be truly enjoyed.
The Lower Zambezi is renowned for its spectacular canoeing. Led by highly qualified canoe guides, explore the banks of the river, where game can be seen from a totally different perspective – looking up rather than down! A full day canoe trip, stopping for a picnic lunch en-route is an unbeatable safari experience.
Scenic boat cruises are a very relaxing way to view the game that comes down to the river to drink and bathe, whilst also taking in the unique water wildlife. Until the Zambezi River is explored by boat, it is impossible to truly appreciate the huge hippopotami pods and crocodile populations.
There is something for the novice and experience bird watcher alike with approximately 500 species of birds in the Lower Zambezi National Park from waders on the shores of the Zambezi River to wattle eyes in the Miambo woodland in the escarpment.
Sausage Tree Camp’s African inspired fusion cuisine will certainly be a highlight of your stay. Made from the freshest ingredients, the tastes and presentation will astound you.
But the experience of dining at Sausage Tree Camp goes far beyond the food itself. Dine to the sounds of the African evening by candle light in the open air dining tent, by star light on the deck, by moonlight on an island in the Zambezi, by campfire light deep in the bush, or by lantern light in the privacy of your own deck. Lunches on a sandbank in the Zambezi River, the water lapping at your feet; Sundowners watching the sun set over the Zambezi escarpment from the deck or overlooking the river or open plains.
Fishing is succesful all year round, however the warmer months September to December are definitely the best time to catch Tigerfish. This is the breeding season when the fish are more active, feeding more regularly and are far more aggressive. The water level is typically lower and the visibility at its very best.
Sausage Tree Camp provides fishing tackle for spinning and lure fishing, this includes a large assortment of spinners, rods and reels, wire leaders and swivels. However, anglers are welcome to bring their own preferred tackle and rods with them. The camp also offers basic fly fishing equipment, although most fly fishers bring their own tiger specific equipment with them.
For most fly fishing Sausage Tree camp recomend a rod of a faster type action and a fast sinking shooting-head or sink-tip type line. Normaly a short (5ft) non-tapered tippet of 15lb or 20lb mono or flourocarbon is best. On the end a eight inch length of piano wire trace is recommended to connect fly to tippet.
In the Lower Zambezi successful flies are generally quite heavily dressed clousers or deceiver type flies. Colour combinations that work well are white and blue, white anf silver and for early and late in the day black and black and red or black and grey work well.