Featured Favorite: Sausage Tree Camp

Sausage Tree Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Who it’s best for:

Wildlife lovers, birdwatchers, photographers, families, multigenerational families & active travelers


Game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, canoeing safaris, birdwatching and catch-and-release spin and fly-fishing 

Why we love it:

Heart and Soul in Every Moment
As a small, family-based company, we love finding camps that share a similar aura to us – passion for the industry that runs deep, a personal touch felt in every moment, and a commitment to creating experiences uniquely tailored to who you are as a traveler. Sausage Tree Camp embodies all of these and they do it beautifully. Run by a family who have been on the safari scene for years, this camp promises the perfect splash of luxury to contrast a destination that packs an extra wallop of adventure. 

A Natural Wonder
Tucked away on a quiet side channel of the mighty Zambezi River, the camp has panoramic river views stretching to the escarpment beyond. As one of the few camps located within the national park, it means you avoid the crowds around the main entrance gates, and have prime early morning and late evening access (when wildlife are most active) to the western reaches of the park. 

Lower Zambezi National Park is a hidden gem largely off the radar of the classic circuits, but it punches well above its weight for both variety of activities and natural beauty. It is a land of giants – elephants roam in abundant numbers, hippos dot the wide and meandering bends of the Zambezi River, towering baobabs and ancient ebony forests edge along the rocky escarpment. 

We love using this camp as a final stop, especially for families, because the large variety of activities gives you the opportunity to get out of the vehicle and experience Africa in a new way. We absolutely love that Sausage Tree Camp operates with every group having their own private guide. This makes for a highly personalized stay that is tailored to your interests and needs. 

Beyond game drives in search of the many predators and elephants that call the region home, you can venture out on foot with your guide in pursuit of the little things that make up an ecosystem. It’s also particularly good for birdwatching with nearly 500 species, including unique ones like the goliath heron or Pel’s fishing owl. 

As a land defined by its many rivers and side channels, exploring by boat is at the core of a good Lower Zambezi experience. Sit back and relax on a motorboat safari as you float past buffalo and elephants grazing on the banks. It’s a whole new experience to see the wildlife while looking up instead of down at them. From the boat you can also try your luck at landing a monster tiger fish. For sustainability it’s all catch and release using either a spin or fly rod – beginners and pros alike will love this. 

For active travelers, a canoeing safari is an absolute must! Thanks to their location, you are able to canoe down the stunningly beautiful Chifungulu Channel. There’s no skill required – just sit back and let the current and your guide drift you past countless birds and animals. Whether you do a one-hour float or a full-day experience, complete with a picnic lunch en route, this is one of the most memorable ways to experience Africa.

Family Favorite
We’ve already espoused our love of Sausage Tree’s private-guides-for-all policy and their wide array of activities, but it’s for these reasons and more that make it a favorite for Mango’s family clients. Do your kids need to eat earlier or can they only stand sitting still during a game drive for so long? No problem! Having a private guide and a selection of activities means you can tailor your days to suit your children’s needs so every day is fresh and fun. 

Between game drives, your kids can have fun splashing around in the pool. Not only is there a large riverfront one in the main area, but every suite also comes its own private plunge pool. No matter where you choose to lounge your afternoons away, the elephants and hippos on the adjacent bank are sure to provide plenty bush entertainment. Whether you’re a nuclear family or a large multi-generational one that takes over the whole camp, the wonderful staff will attend to your every need so you can focus on making incredible memories together.

Style & Bygone Romance
White canvas walls, luxurious touches and the dreamiest of settings makes this place an absolute winner for couples of all kinds. It’s the perfect place to end a once-in-a-lifetime safari honeymoon. The camp promises the kind of romantic ambiance that only Africa can offer…sipping on champagne in your private pool while elephants wade past and birds serenade you. An outdoor shower, large soaking tub, spacious design and ample privacy make for the perfect hideaway for two. Dine under the stars on your private deck, enjoy a sundowner overlooking the river or simply soak up the magic of the Lower Zambezi in a space all your own.

Visit Sausage Tree Camp Yourself

Whether you’re honeymooners, a family or somewhere in between, a visit to Sausage Tree Camp should be on everyone’s bucketlist. Pair a stay here with a visit to Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and a stop at the iconic Victoria Falls. Hwange promises plenty of predator action and waterholes bursting with plains games against a classic bushveld landscape. The thundering, misty Victoria Falls is a must-see stop for any visitor to Southern Africa. Add on time in Cape Town at the start of your trip for a dash of culture, fine dining, winetasting and coastal beauty. 

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