Sausage Tree Camp - Rates from USD 555

Luxurious Bedouin Style Tents 
Sausage Tree Camp is the epitome of bush chic, set in a stunning location along the Zambezi River at the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park. The pristine location and Sausage Tree Camp offer all the game, all the luxury without all the people! The camp, named after the sausage shaped fruit in the giant Sausage Trees, was rated No. 1 by the BBC’s holiday program’s 10 best luxury resorts of the world and was a finalist in the Best Safari Camp in Africa “Good Safari Guide” awards.

The Camp
Sleeping only 16 guests, Sausage Tree Camp offers a civilized approach to a true bush experience with lavish attention to detail.  The central dining and bar area is fronted by an enormous teak deck overlooking the Zambezi River and low set reed islands teeming with game.  The large swimming pool is idyllically situated under shading Mahogany trees. Accommodation is in luxurious white Bedouin style tents, completely rebuilt in 2008 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 Mahogany 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. 

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.  

Honeymoon Suites
The 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
'Kigelia House' (new for 2009) 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.

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. Dinners 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.  Each meal will bring surprises and memories to cherish.Should you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you make your reservation. We take pride in fulfilling your every desire, but a little preplanning may be necessary on our part.

Game Viewing ( On land on water and by foot )
Night and Walking Safari
Canoeing , Boat Cruises and Fishing ( Tigerfish )
No. of Guides: 8 guides to cater for walks, drives, canoeing, boating/fishing.

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Price Range and Payments RATES
Price range from USD 555 to USD 895

Prefered mode of payment for bookings, is Bank Transfer.
A 35% deposit is required for a provisional booking which will only be held for 30 days, the deposit will be offset against final sum due.

On-site; payments can be made with Credit Cards or Cash in USD.

Each Enquiry will be responded to with an offer or a decline message. An offer which has been accepted by the traveler will be printable, together with the payment instruction. Please, make sure a booking confirmation is always received after payments are fully made.
Services Included in the Price INCLUDED
Activities are included in the Price.

Available at any time, breakfast is buffet style consisting of freshly brewed coffee, a variety of teas and fresh juices; toast and oatmeal cooked on the embers of the campfire from the night before; a daily selection of pastries and muffins; cold meats and cheese; cereal, including home made meusli; and fresh fruit salad - a very healthy way to start the day. Cooked breakfasts are available to order.

The buffet lunch consists of a selection of hot dishes, including vegetarian, a variety of fresh salads and the hot "special bread" of the day rounded off with a petite desert or selection of cheeses. Lunch is served in the dining tent, deep in the bush or an a sandbank in the Zambezi - the cooling water lapping at your feet.

Afternoon Tea
To fortify you before your afternoon activity, freshly made lemonade or iced tea is served with a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies.

Whilst not a formal affair, dinners consist of three courses of fine dining served with South African wines. Dinner is served at our hosted table where you can share the adventures of the day, in the privacy of your own tent served by your personal Muchinda or under the stars, cooked by campfire on an island or deep in the bush.

Drinks from the bar is included.

Transfers to and from Jeki airstrip and Camp

Laundry service is included in the price.
There are many different ways to get to the Sausage Tree Camp. Please make sure you advise us, or make a request for for assistance with the transport. We can organise your transport.

International arrivals into Zambia can be made through, Lusaka, Livingstone and Mfuwe International Airports. Both Lusaka and Livingstone have daily flights from Johannesburg (South Africa). Lusaka also has three direct flights from London every week.

The majority of our guests fly by Cessna Caravan (30 mins.) to "Jeki" airstrip, a dirt airstrip in the middle of the National Park. It is then a 1 hour game-drive/transfer through the park to Sausage Tree Camp.

Most of the smaller aircrafts has a maximum weight each passanger is allowed to carry onboard. And the luggage must be keept in a soft bag.

The other more adventurous option is the road and boat transfer from Lusaka. This consists of a 2 ½ hr drive to Chirundu, a border town on the Zambezi River. From here you can transfer into one of our speed boats for a stunningly scenic boat cruise down the Zambezi, to Sausage Tree Camp, a further 2 ½ hrs. Depending on numbers (i.e. less than 4 people), this option is not likely to be the cheapest. Please contact us for more details.

A direct charter will take about 1hr 45 mins to Jeki. A more economical option is to fly via Lusaka, please contact us for the most appropriate option and availability

Mfuwe is the main airport servicing the South Luangwa National Park and is about a 1hr 45min direct flight to Jeki.
Recommendations TRAVEL INFO
Here is some general information on what to bring on safari as well as what to expect with regards to money, local conditions, visas etc.

On arrival into Zambia you will enter through Lusaka, Livingstone or Mfuwe (South Luangwa NP). Visas are required by nationals of most foreign countries and this information can be obtained from your nearest Zambian Embassy/Consulate. If you are travelling on a pre arranged trip, visa fees are waived. Sausage Tree or you tour operator can arrange this exemption, however, despite this policy, occasionally visitors are still required to pay for their visa on arrival. Best to be prepared. The current Zambian visa rates are $50 for single entry and $80 for double entry.

Also, a departure tax is required to be paid in US dollar cash at the time of departure from all main airports. International departure tax is $20 and domestic is $5, (departure does not apply at Jeki airstrip).

Prices are subject to change, please contact us for updated information.

Zambia is regarded as a malarial area and therefore proper prevention, by way of malaria prophylaxis is recommended. There are many different strains of Malaria requiring specific drugs. Please consult your doctor for the right prophylactic (anti Malarial) drugs. You may also require proof of Yellow Fever and other vaccinations, so please make sure these are up to date. Guest safety is a priority at Sausage Tree Camp. All guides have advanced first aid training and the camp has a full medical kit on hand.

The Zambian Kwacha is the local currency. It exchanges at K5,000 to the US dollar, which is the most commonly accepted foreign currency within Zambia. Credit cards are readily accepted within Lusaka and Livingstone. However, outside these areas it is best to use cash and/or travellers cheques.

Though not policy, it is customary for foreigners to leave a tip. A good rule of thumb is $5 - $10 per person per night for the camp staff. Tipping your safari guide is completely at your own discretion.

It is highly recommended that all travellers to Zambia take out full comprehensive travel insurance. This should cover things like last minute cancellation fees, medical evacuation, hospitalization and repatriation to your home country.

Camera / video camera, extra batteries, heaps of film and charging devices

Earthy tones suit bush activities best, and soft baggage is required for light aircraft flights (maximum 12 kg). We have a daily laundry service, so there is no need to over pack!
4 x long and/or short sleeved shirts (day/night)
2 x T- shirts
3 x long trousers/pants (day/night)
2 x shorts
4 x socks (day/night
1 x casual footwear/Teva's
1 x good quality walking shoes/boots
1 x warm windproof jacket for early morning and night drives
1 x warm jumper/jersey for dining at night
Don't forget your knickers and PJ's

Toiletries ; Hat ; Sunscreen ; Torch ; Adaptor (Three pin square British style plug is used in Zambia)
Personal first aid and medication kit
High / Low Seasons SAFARI SEASONS
Sausage Tree Camp is open throughout the best game viewing months of April to November. The season begins as soon as the rains are over. The vegetation is lush at this time but as the season progresses the bush dries out, the game gathers and sightings improve.

April & May Visiting the Lower Zambezi after the rains is absolutely stunning, the skies are clear and the mountains seem so near. The migratory birds remain in plumage and are preparing to move on. The dense vegetation forces the lions to use the roads and the wild dog are readily seen in the open plains. April is very hot averaging mid to high 30’s (Celsius), but by late May the temperatures will have dropped to the mid 20’s (Celsius). This year we had fantastic leopard sightings in both April and May.

June to 14th July The season has kicked into gear, the vegetation starts to die off and thin out, the elephant and buffalo herds start to gather, and the guides are predicting the predators' next move. Definitely the coldest time of the year, please bring cold weather gear for night drives and early morning activities. The days are a perfect temperature. African Wild Dog den in this period for mating, so sightings at this time are extremely rare.

15th July to 15th October This really is the very best time of the year in the Lower Zambezi National Park. The game viewing is phenomenal and the temperature near perfect! This is also a busy time to be in the camp, usually 14 or more guests every night. The Sausage Tree (Africana Kigelia) starts to flower, as does the flame creeper/burning bush (Chifungulu) which transforms the green vegetation to a bright red. Leopard and lion sightings are a daily occurrence, as are the elephant who wander through camp.

16th October to 15th November Things are really starting to heat up in terms of weather as well as game viewing and fishing. Most waterholes have dried up by now, so game is more often seen on the river banks and islands. Bird watching is also spectacular with summer migrating birds returning - the carmine bee eaters really put on a show along the riverbanks. October is the hottest month with a feeling of build up to the rains. When the first rains come the impala give birth, as do the warthogs and many other species. For any avid fisherman, this is probably the best time to be here.
Facilities Available Airport Shuttle Service on request. Bar Service is available. Canoe tour can be booked. Day Cruise can be booked. E-mails can be Accessed. Extra Bed can be organized on request. Families are welcome. Fishing Tours can be booked on request. Game Drive can be booked. Hiking Tours can be booked. Infants Restrictions. Laundry Service is available on request. Local or Private Airstrip is available. Master Card is accepted. Mosquito Net is available. No Mobil Connection in the area. Safe Box for valuables is available. Small Aircrafts can be booked. Swimming pool is available. VISA Card is acceptable.
Public Services Nearby Dentist for emergency treatment is available. Hospital or Clinic is available. Pharmacy is available.
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About Us

Your Hosts & Guides 

Jason Mott left Australia and his business degree in 1996 on a one year around-the-world trip.  While surfing the coast of South Africa, Jason was asked to help build a new safari camp in Zambia - Sausage Tree Camp.  During the course of building the camp, Jason fell in love with the beauty and game of the area.  He stayed and became a qualified guide and then manager, finally achieving his dream of making Sausage Tree his own in 2000.  Jason’s business partner is Paolo Solari Bozzi, an Italian lawyer and investment banker with a long-time passion for Africa.
The camp is managed and hosted by Alan and Nicci Bonella. Alan and Nicci joined Sausage Tree Camp in 2008 following 13 years of experience managing safari camps in Botswana and Namibia.  They share a passion for the bush, professionalism and enthusiasm for training that ensures Sausage Tree Camp maintains the highest of standards.

Alan and Nicci are ably assisted by Gillian Mulenga.  Born in Zambia's Copperbelt, Gill worked in hospitality in Livingstone and Lusaka before joining Sausage Tree Camp.  Currently being trained in the assistant managers role, Gill is also an experienced masseuse specialising in Swedish massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and Indian head and foot massages.

The Guides
Sausage Tree Camp runs its own very succesful in-house guide training programme, through which the guides gain the experience and knowledge necessary for the Lower Zambezi's stringent guide examinations.

Alan Bonella leads the guiding team and is himself an expert fly fisherman.  Still enthusiastic to learn after 13 years in the bush, Alan recently came first in a 21 day field guiding training programme focused on the ecosystem of the Lower Zambezi.

Victor Kanzala, known for his humble outlook and mature temperament, particularly enjoys taking walking safari's where he can share his exceptional knowledge of the smaller things.  He is also known for his action-filled big cat sightings on game drives.

Hastings Muhongo excelled at Conservation Lower Zambezi's inaugural guide training programme following which he chose Sausage Tree Camp for his practical experience.  Now fully qualified, Hastings remains at Sausage Tree as a senior guide.  A former teacher, Hastings has a true gift for sharing his incredible knowledge.

Charles Chanetsa comes from a village close to the Lower Zambezi National Park and has been working at Sausage Tree Camp since the earliest days. His anecdotal stories of the river, the valley, its’ people and the relationships between them are inspirational.  Charles was the first guide in the Lower Zambezi to spot the wild dogs this season.

Chris Musonda and Marshall Karafa are Sausage Tree's trainee guides.  Having worked their way up from being Muchinda and barman respectivley, both now have plenty of guiding experience under their belts and are well on their way to follow in the footsteps of other great Lower Zambezi Guides trained at Sausage Tree Camp.

Tryford Chiawa, Friday Chilikeni and Wisdom Shawa, Sausage Tree's team of boat men, are all from local villages on the banks of the Zambezi, giving them local knowledge of the river that few ever amass. Tryford leads the team of boatmen with composure that comes from his regal lineage - being brother to the local Chieftainess.

The Muchindas
During your stay at Sausage Tree Camp you will be looked after by your own personal butler or 'Muchinda'  which means 'Attendant to the Chief'. Your Muchinda will go out of his way to ensure your stay is truly special and will be happy to share his experience of life in Zambia and the bush with you.  

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