The old adage of location, location, location rings true again as a reason to visit Sausage Tree or Potato Bush Camp. Being located inside the Park, these camps enjoy more wildlife sightings, better fishing and more privacy and even within the Park, the location is unique by offering National Park protection on both sides of the Zambezi River. In addition to the location, Sausage Tree and Potato Bush have a proven track record for client satisfaction and have been operating out of the Lower Zambezi National Park for well over a decade. Finally, the Lower Zambezi is renowned for the diverse safari activities on offer and the full array is on offer at both Sausage Tree and Potato Bush and these are fully inclusive in the nightly rates.
The camps open in April and by mid-late April, the fishing is good, the birding spectacular and the climate, lovely and temperate. However, from mid-May to July, the temperatures get lower and the park gets drier. With the colder climate, the fishing gets a bit slower but the game viewing becomes easier as the drying vegetation opens up for sightings. August to mid-October are traditionally peak months for game viewing and fishing gets better as the temperatures rise. By mid-October, the valley is very warm and as the temperatures keep increasing, so too does the fishing! Thunderstorms start occurring from November and by the 1st of December, the fishing season closes.
Sunscreen, a good torch or headlamp is useful and a nice pair of binoculars. For those travelling from or back to South Africa, you will need to note the following: You will need a valid passport with at least 6 months left before the expiry date is reached and at least 2 free pages in the passport. Families or groups travelling with children of 18 or younger must make sure that they have all the documents required for the travel regulations. These include an unabridged birth certificate as well as an affidavit granting permission for 1 parent to travel with the children if a parent is not coming along or is deceased. There may be further documents required so please consult Home Affairs about the travel regulation documents required.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is in a malaria area and therefore, travellers should consult their doctors about possible prophylactic usage. If returning to South Africa after travel, a Yellow Fever certificate is required.
There is no mobile phone coverage but there is 24hr electricity using British round 3 prong plug points. There is WI-FI available at both camps.