Potato Bush Camp - Lower Zambezi National Park Zambia
Potato Bush Camp lies adjacent to the world - renowned and sister camp, Sausage Tree Camp. With a stunning panoramic view overlooking the Zambezi River and escarpment, this site is nestled under Mahogany, Sausage, Winter Thorn and Acacia Tortillas Trees, whi ch provide excellent shade. To complement the accommodation there is an open plan dining, bar and lounge area, which is accessed by all tents by way of raised timber boardwalks. The Luxury Safari Tents are extremely spacious and have en - suite bathrooms wit h twin showers, twin basins and a full size four - claw bath tub. Large folding doors lead onto the large balcony which hosts a 2 - person hammock and a private plunge pool, with well - appointed furniture to complement the ambience and architecture of the safar i tents. All beds are covered with large walk around four - poster mozi nets and each fitted with a fan. 24 - hour electricity is supplied to all rooms for charging batteries, cameras, computers etc. and guests have access to the camps WI - FI system
Upon arrival at the Jeki Airstrip, you will be met by your hosts from Potato Bush and taken on a short road transfer from the airstrip to the ‘harbour’ and thereafter, it is a 15 minute boat cruise to the camps. After settling into your tents, unpack your fishing kit and it is time to hit the Zambezi River for some fishing! For those that don’t want to fish, there is always the option of a bush walk, game drive or canoe safari. Following the afternoon’s activity, you will return for a shower and a time around the bar before dinner is served. Drinks served at the lodge and on the fishing boat are extra and for your own account although you are able to bring in selected brands from duty free.
A typical day at Potato Bush Camp on the Lower Zambezi:
WAKE-UP & MORNING ACTIVITY
A typical morning in the Lower Zambezi begins with early morning tea and coffee and oats porridge before heading out for some fishing on the Zambezi River. Full day trips with packed lunches are available as well. Alternatively, guests wishing to enjoy a game drive, safari walk, canoe trip or boat cruise need simply speak to the hosts to arrange these activities.
Return for brunch at Potato Bush or Sausage Tree and thereafter, there is time for an afternoon siesta or relaxing time around the pool.
Meet again on the deck for high tea before departing for your afternoon’s fishing or safari activity.
Return after sunset in the evening for a shower before meeting around a roaring fire for drinks followed by dinner
The best part about a visit to Sausage Tree and Potato Bush Camps is that they are located within the Lower Zambezi National Park and therefore, their fishing and wildlife encounters are far superior to those venues outside the Park and all park fees are included in the price. In addition to this, directly opposite the camps is Mana Pools National Park and therefore, you have protected wildlife land and fishing waters both up and downstream camp and on both sides of the river. Included in the rates are all game drives, canoe safaris, bush walks and boat cruises. At any point, you simply need to speak to your hosts and arrange these activities if you wish to do these instead of fishing.
FINAL DAY ACTIVITY & MEAL:
Following coffee and the morning’s activity, you will be able to enjoy a final breakfast.
Please settle any drinks as well as any gratuities you feel you may wish to handover.
DEPARTURE TIME & MODE:
At 10.00am you will enjoy a final boat cruise followed by a game drive to meet your plane which will be waiting to depart at 11.00 for your 30 minute charter flight back to Lusaka. Thereafter, you will be transferred to the Radisson for a final night stay.
ELECTRICITY: There is electricity at both Potato Bush and Sausage Tree Camps.
CELLPHONE/WI-FI: There is wi-fi in both camps but cellphone coverage is poor.
MEDICAL/INSURANCE: The Lower Zambezi is in a malaria area and therefore we advise guests to consult their doctor accordingly. No other compulsory vaccinations are required.
PAYMENTS: There are no card facilities and all extras and tips need to be settled in cash.
• May – August: Cool, dry and mild at night (down to 10°C).
• September – mid November: Hot and dry (up to 45°C).
• Mid November – April: Hot and humid (rainy season).
SADC visitors do not need a VISA to enter Zambia but non-SADC nationals will ned to purchase a VISA on arrival in Lusaka for USD 50 pp.
We recommend light, long sleeve clothing with a splash proof rain jacket or longs in summer and a warm heavy jacket in winter. Closed shoes are always recommended at night while slops or open footwear are adequate for using on the boat.
SUGGESTED EXTRAS: Basic extras like Binoculars, Torch or Head lamp, Suncream, etc.