Potato Bush Camp
Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
LOCATION: Deep in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia.
SETTING: Just downriver from Sausage Tree Camp, Potato Bush nestles under Mahogany, Sausage, Winter Thorn, and Acacia Tortillas Trees, which provide excellent shade. It overlooks the Zambezi River and is right at the entrance of the renowned Chifungulu Channel, which offers the best canoeing in Africa!
ACCOMMODATION: Small and exclusive, Potato Bush has three beautifully-appointed Canvas and Rosewood Safari Tents and also a two-bedroom Family Tent. To complement the accommodation there is an open-plan dining, bar, and lounge area, which is accessed by all four tents by way of raised timber boardwalks. This enables the camp to extend the operating season in the Lower Zambezi National Park through to early January.
Please Note: Our sister camp, Sausage Tree Camp, operates independently, yet is close enough to combine with Potato Bush if needed to host a larger party.
HIGHLIGHTS: Guaranteed private guiding for every party. Remote location with easy access, excellent range of safari activities, great guides, relaxed atmosphere, superb fishing (especially for Tigerfish).
ACTIVITIES: Potato Bush Camp offers a wide range of safari activities including day and night game drives, walks, canoe trips, boat cruises, and fishing. With personalized guiding, our guests decide exactly what activity they would like to take and when. Elephant, hippo, and buffalo are seen in camp daily. Guests also have an extremely high chance of seeing lion, leopard, wild dogs, hyena, waterbuck, zebra, impala, bushbuck, and kudu.
FISHING: The Zambezi River is host to some of the most spectacular fresh water sport fishing in the world with plentiful Tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus, Latin for "striped river dog") and Tilapia amongst others. Sausage Tree Camp offers both spinning and fly fishing, both strictly catch and release in accordance with the principles of the National Park. The most sporting, and certainly the most fun, fish to catch is the famous Tigerfish. A relative of the infamous piranha, Tigerfish have large carnivorous teeth, can grow to 15kg/33lb (the camp record 11.3kg) and are renowned for their strength and spectacular "leaping out of the water" fighting performance. Fishing is succesful all year round, however the warmer months (September - December) are definitely the best time to catch Tigerfish. 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 at its very best.
CHILD POLICY: We welcome children four years and older at Potato Bush; children must be at least 12 years old to participate in walking activities. Children 4-17 are accommodated at a reduced rate.
GETTING THERE: Regular and affordable scheduled flights operate to Jeki Airstrip from Lusaka (30min), South Luangwa and Livingstone (via Lusaka), making Potato Bush easy to add after a visit to Victoria Falls. International flights depart from Lusaka or via Johannesburg.
SEASON: April through December.