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If you only have a short time to escape from your routine, this 2-day program is recommended for you! Enjoy a night inside an African contemporary designed room and have a view of the wildlife outside. You will also have your own personal butler to serve anything you need. Furthermore. all safari activities available are included in the price. You can have a complete holiday and a truly classic African wildlife experience here.
Potato Bush Camp sets high standards in the new era for small exclusive luxury tented safari camps. This African contemporary design perfectly balances the raw structural integrity and natural beauty of solid Zambian Rosewood. The entire camp is linked with raised timber walkways, making it slightly safer than walking on the ground and also aids in limiting the harmful impact of human activities on this pristine environment.
The "Boma" can comfortably dine 12 guests. Furthermore, there is a well-stocked bar and 2 comfortable lounge areas for guests to relax and enjoy the stunning views over the mighty Zambezi River. The campfire is well positioned under the stars, right on the edge of the river bank, and is the only place which actually touches the ground.
The 3 luxury safari tents are extremely spacious and have en-suite bathrooms with twin showers, twin basins, and a full-size 4-claw bathtub. There are large folding doors lead onto a large balcony which hosts a 2-person hammock and a private plunge pool, with well-appointed furniture to complement the ambiance and architecture of the safari tents. The 2 of the luxury safari tents are furnished with king-size beds while the other is a twin. All rooms are equipped with a fan. A 24-hour electricity is supplied to all rooms for charging batteries, cameras, computers, and others.
Game drives are the most successful way to see a good variety of wildlife, both large and small. Visiting more areas and witnessing the diversity of the Lower Zambezi National Park, you will appreciate the unspoiled wilderness of Zambia. A larger area can be covered in a shorter time frame, increasing the chance to find a good game. The vehicles will also allow those ‘up close and personal’ experiences but the team of professional guides will ensure that it is not too close.
Night drives are the perfect way to experience the nocturnal animals, including the elusive leopards, genets, civets, porcupines, and giant eagle owls. The big cats tend to be more active at night and you may find yourself following lions on the hunt. You can also enjoy other common sightings including honey badgers, African wild cats, and even the occasional sighting of the very rare pangolin. Your guide will also point out the constellations of the southern night sky.
As one of the few privileged operators based inside the national park, you will be able to canoe down to the most stunning section of the Zambezi River which is the 14-kilometer long "Chifungulu Channel", starts just 100 meters downstream of the camp. You will be led by one of the highly qualified canoe guides and explore the banks of the river where the game can be seen from a totally different perspective. Canoe trips vary in length (from 1 to 7 hours) but an hour of canoe trip is a great prelude to an evening game drive. No experience or particular strength is required because it is an effortless drift, as the flow of the Zambezi pushes the canoes downstream. Rather than a workout, this is a time to relax, listen to the sounds of the huge variety of bird-life, and admire their sheer beauty. The minimal canoeing age is 15 years old.
Potato Bush Camp operates scenic boat trips using 6-meter aluminum river cruisers. Designed for river systems, they are the perfect boat for the Zambezi River as the sandbanks make navigation on the water very difficult. Scenic boat cruises are a very relaxing way to view the game that comes down to the river to drink and bathe. Until the Zambezi River is explored by boat, it is impossible to truly appreciate the huge hippopotami pods and crocodile populations. Lucky guests have experienced a truly memorable sight of elephant crossing the Zambezi, from Mana Pools National Park to the Lower Zambezi National Park. To see the most amazing sunsets in Africa, floating sundowners in the middle of the Zambezi is a must. This can also provide a photographic opportunity for that perfect African sunset.
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 safaris were pioneered in Zambia and remain one of the few areas where this can be truly appreciated and enjoyed. Led by the professional walking guide and a national parks wildlife officer, walking will be carried out in small groups. Taking advantage of the cooler morning temperatures, you will take a game drive from the camp to an open area where the walk begins. Beware, you will not only see the smaller things on foot, it is also common to see lion and even the elephant. The minimal walking age is 15 years old.
The Zambezi River is a host to some of the most spectacular freshwater sports fishing in the world with plentiful tigerfish and tilapia amongst others. You can have both spinning and flies fishing as well as strictly "catch and release" in accordance with the principles of the Lower Zambezi National Park fishing policy. You can enjoy fishing all year round, but the warmer months (September to December) are definitely the best months to catch tiger fish. 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 is at its very best. An expert fishing guide will guide you and a range of boats will be provided to perfectly suit your fishing.
Charles Tembo has been with Sausage Tree Camp since its inception in 1996. His years of experience working in different departments, ultimately as a guide, make him the ideal camp manager and head guide at Potato Bush Camp. His excellent knowledge of the Zambezi river makes him as one of the judges in the finale of the renowned BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) fishing series "The Big Fish".
Ali started working in 2007 as a trainee boatman obtaining his boating and fishing license in 2008. This sparked the desire to continue with qualifications in the field and he started as a trainee guide. He joined Potato Bush Camp in 2012 as a boatman and fishing guide. He was also part of the construction team that built the camp. When the opportunity came up to became a trainee guide, Ali seized the chance. Finally, in 2016, he wrote and passed his canoe guide and game drive guide exams with top marks. Now, he is preparing to take his walking guide license in 2017.
Shayne Hodges joined the Sausage Tree Camp guiding team in 2015. With over 11 years experience in the safari industry in Southern Africa, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. With a passion for being close to nature, he enjoys the freedom of walking in the bush and has a keen interest in birding. You will find that Shayne always has a story or two to share and his love of the African bush is nothing but infectious.
The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in the heart of Africa, bordered by Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique. The country, formerly Northern Rhodesia, gained independence from Britain in 1964 and took the name Zambia from the mighty Zambezi River that originates in the north of the country and forms the border with Zimbabwe.
As a large country (about 750,000-kilometer square), Zambia has many national parks and Game Management Areas making up almost 50% of its total area. The spectacular Victoria Falls in the south of the country are world heritage listed. Moreover, from the nearby town of Livingstone, you can partake in a wide variety of adventure activities including white water rafting, bungee jumping, and helicopter flips over the falls.
The population of Zambia is roughly 10 million with the population concentrated in the country’s capital, Lusaka, and Copperbelt. The official language in Zambia is English, with other main languages spoken including Tonga, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Bemba, Kaonde, and Nyanja. The Zambian people are friendly and treat visitors with warmth and hospitality.
The Lower Zambezi National Park was officially gazetted in 1983 and is about 4092 kilometers. The national park is bordered by the Great East Road in the north, the Chiawa Game Management Area in the west, the Zambezi River in the south, and Rufunsa Game Management Area in the east. This park gets its beautiful scenery from the combination of 120 kilometers of Zambezi Riverfront, the game on the valley floor, the Zambezi Escarpment, and the southern limit of the Great East African Rift Valley. The park is opposite to Mana Pools National Park, a protected World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe.
The Lower Zambezi National Park has a large variety of wildlife species which are generally dispersed during the wet season. In the dry season, they are more concentrated on the valley floor, the banks of the river, and islands in the Zambezi where food and water are more plentiful. Common sightings in the Lower Zambezi are buffalos, elephants, hippos, waterbucks, zebras, impalas, bushbucks, kudus, leopards, lion, and hyena. Often seen animal are wild dogs (African hunting dog), servals, African wild cats, and the smaller mammals including side striped jackals, dwarfs, slender and banded mongooses, large spotted genets, civets, tree squirrels, honey badgers, porcupines, and aardvarks.
Breakfast will be served in a buffet style consisting of freshly brewed coffee, tea, fresh juices, toast and oatmeal, daily selection of pastries and muffins, cold meats, cheese, and cereal including home-made muesli and fresh fruit salad. Cooked breakfasts are available to order. Breakfast will be served in the dining tent.
Buffet lunch will consist of a selection of hot dishes including vegetarian, fresh salads, and a special bread of the day rounded off with a petite dessert or selection of cheeses. Lunch will be served in the dining tent.
Guests can enjoy freshly made lemonade or iced tea served with a selection of sweet and savory delicacies.
Dinner will consist of 3 courses served with South African wines. Dinner will be served at the hosted table where you can share the adventures of the day, on the bank of the river, or in the privacy of your own tent served by your personal butler.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please let Potato Bush Camp knows when you make your reservation. With preplanning, they can offer any guests an exciting menu.
If you arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka, you can take Cessna Caravan about 30 minutes to Jeki Airstrip. Meanwhile, if you arrive at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LIV) in Livingstone, you can take a direct charter which takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to Jeki Airstrip. Lastly, if you arrive at Mfuwe Airport (MFU) in Zambia, you can take a 1-hour and 45-minute direct flight to Jeki Airstrip. Flights from those 3 airports to Jeki Airstrip can be provided by Potato Bush Camp at additional costs. For more information, please send Potato Bush Camp an inquiry.
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