I could hardly contain my excitement when we came around the corner on the boat that brought us on an exciting river safari towards our destination, the newly refurbished Sausage Tree. I have loved this camp for many years and was nervous about seeing the new rooms – the old rooms had an understated magic to them, but perhaps were starting to look a little dated.

Jason the owner has done a magical job, no easy feat as they have to build throughout the rainy season, which is very heavy in Zambia. The rooms are done in hues of grey which match the earth perfectly – the tents are vast with large plunge pools, dining tables facing the river, a huge bed also facing the river, large bathrooms with double showers and roll top baths, and of course an outdoor shower with a view. The décor is quirky but understated, copper pipes adorn the bath fittings giving it a retro yet modern feel. The beds are the most comfortable we have slept in for a while and the linen couldn’t be any softer. The rooms are set up for ultimate privacy and one could essentially stay in your room and watch elephants and hippos from your verandah, being expertly cared for by the staff.

The food was delicious – with menus for lunch and dinner with such a vast array that everyone would be happy. It was light and delicious, with fresh baking for every meal. The staff are some of the friendliest and most relaxed in Africa – always the sign of a very happy camp, they are extremely efficient and the general atmosphere is a peaceful and joyous one. You really feel welcome and as if you are in your own African home.

Every single room at Sausage Tree gets it’s own private guide and private vehicle, so you really are on your own time and schedule – you can canoe, day and night drive, walk and take boat safaris – we recommend no less than four nights as you also have fishing, bush meals and boat lunches to enjoy, and of course some relaxation in their amazing new suites is a must.

Meals out in the bush here were a true highlight – the bush dinner even comes complete with its own safari throne, lit up and hidden behind a huge palm tree. Sitting round the camp fire under a brilliantly lit starry sky, before having a delicious dinner produced from the grill was nothing short of magical – we were all very jolly on our night drive back to camp. Sausage Tree also do island lunches, river lunches (water level permitting), a variety of breakfasts and last but not least sundowners in dramatic spots.

What a place, Sausage Tree, we’re still your number one fan.